The West

The West : Culture and Ideas, Prentice Hall Portfolio Edition, Volume One: to 1660

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A text conceived from its inception to be brief, The West takes an idea-based approach to examine Western Civilization in the broadest possible terms. By placing Western Civilization in a larger context, The West helps students to better understand current events and to reevaluate common assumptions. Going beyond the purview of traditional texts, The West urges students to think more deeply about the nature of civilized life by consistently relating historical developments to environmental contexts- both natural ecologies and cultural legacies. Finally, The West encourages students to relate the experiences of long-vanished peoples to their own lives by posing a "Larger Issue" a question of broad scope or general significance;at the beginning of each chapter. Each "Larger Issue" provides a springboard for wide-ranging class discussions on the fundamental social and political issues in Western Civilization. Portfolio Edition format features a concise, trade; like narrative for approximately 60% less cost to student than a comprehensive text.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 335 pages
  • 162.6 x 233.7 x 17.8mm | 340.2g
  • Pearson
  • United States
  • English
  • 0130984213
  • 9780130984210

About A. Daniel Frankforter

Daniel Frankforter is Professor of Medieval History at the Pennsylvania State University. He holds a bachelor's degree (philosophy) from Franklin and Marshall College, a master of divinity degree from Drew University, and master's and doctoral degrees (in medieval history and religious studies) from Penn State. His research has focused on the medieval English church and on the evolving role of women in medieval society. Articles on these topics have appeared in Manuscripta, Church History, The British Studies Monitor, The Catholic Historical Review, The American Benedictine Review, The International Journal of Women's Studies, Classical and Medieval Literature and Criticism, The Encyclopedia of Monasticism, and The Journal of Women's History. His books include: A History of the Christian Movement: An Essay on the Development of Christian Institutions, Civilization and Survival (vol. 1), The Shakespeare Name Dictionary (with J. Madison Davis), The Medieval Millennium: An Introduction, (2nd edition) The Western Heritage, Brief Edition (3rd edition, with Donald Kagan, Steven Ozment, and Frank Turner), an edition and translation oGBP Poullain de la Barre's De L'Egalite des deux Sexes, and Stones for Bread: A Critique of Contemporary Worship. With over thirty years of teaching experience, he has developed fifteen courses focusing on aspects of the ancient and medieval periods of Western civilization, religious studies, and gender studies. His work in the classroom has been acknowledged by the Penn State Behrend Excellence in Teaching Award and the prestigious Amoco Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching Performance. William M. Spellman is Professor of History at the University of North Carolina, Asheville. He is a graduate of Suffolk University, Boston, and holds the Ph.D. from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. He is the author of John Locke and the Problem of Depravity (Oxford, 1988); The Latitudinarians and the Church of England, 1660-1700 (Georgia, 1993); John Locke (Macmillan, 1995); European Political Thought, 1600-1700 (Macmillan, 1997); Monarchies, 1000-2000 (Reaktion, 2000); and The Global Community: Migration and the Making of the Modern World, 1500-2000 (Sutton, 2002).
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"The writing is the best I have seen in a textbook. One of the goals in my courses is to teach students how to write effectively, concisely, and forcefully. The authors' writing is simple, to the point, and utterly engaging. It is the way I want my students to write." - Larissa J. Taylor, Colby College"This text will serve me well. It is written clearly and compactly and does an admirable job of addressing some issues, such as race and feminist concerns, that are typically added onto other texts." - Sean Moran, Oakland University"What makes this text readable is the extent to which interpretive issues are interwoven with facts. Textbooks that are hard to read cram a lot of information into a condensed space without helping students think about what they are learning. This book avoids that problem and is a good match for my students." - Laurel Carrington, St. Olaf College"The Larger Issues are perhaps the most interesting way of beginning a text that I have ever seen." - James Halverson, Judson College
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