The Western Heritage

The Western Heritage : Volume I, To 1715

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A core text for introductory-level survey courses in Western Civilization and European History and Civilization.Written by leading scholars in the field, this authoritative, time-honored text presents a strong, clear narrative account of the central developments in Western history with a focus on several key themes-the development of political freedom and constitutional government; the shifting relations among religion, society, and the state; the development of science and technology and their impact on thought and social institutions; and the major religious and intellectual currents that have shaped Western culture.
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  • Paperback | 570 pages
  • 213.36 x 271.78 x 20.32mm | 1,224.69g
  • Pearson Education (US)
  • Pearson
  • United States
  • English
  • 7th edition
  • 0130277169
  • 9780130277169

Table of contents

(NOTE: Each chapter concludes with Review Questions and Suggested Readings.) 1. The Birth of Civilization. Early Humans and Their Culture. Early Civilizations to About 1000 B.C.E. Ancient Near Eastern Empires. Palestine. General Outlook of Near Eastern Cultures. Toward the Greeks and Western Thought.2. The Rise of Greek Civilization. The Bronze Age on Crete and on the Mainland to About 1150 B.C.E. The Greek "Middle Ages" to About 750 B.C.E. The Polis. Expansion of the Greek World. The Major States. Life in Archaic Greece. The Persian Wars.3. Classical and Hellenistic Greece. Aftermath of Victory. The First Peloponnesian War: Athens Against Sparta. Classical Greece. The Great Peloponnesian War. Competition for Leadership in the Fourth Century B.C.E. The Culture of Classical Greece. The Hellenistic World. Hellenistic Culture.4. Rome: From Republic to Empire. Prehistoric Italy. The Etruscans. Royal Rome. The Republic. Civilization in the Early Roman Empire. Roman Imperialism: The Late Republic. Fall of the Republic.5. The Roman Empire. The Augustan Principate. Civilization of the Ciceronian and Augustan Ages. Imperial Rome 14-180 C.E. The Rise of Christianity. The Crisis of the Third Century. The Late Empire.6. The Early Middle Ages: Creating a New European Society and Culture (476-1000). On the Eve of the Frankish Ascendancy. Fall of the Roman Empire. The Byzantine Empire. Islam and the Islamic World. Western Society and the Developing Christian Church. The Kingdom of the Franks. Feudal Society.7. The High Middle Ages: The Rise of European Empires and States (1000-1300). Otto I and the Revival of the Empire. The Reviving Catholic Church. England and France: Hastings (1066) to Bouvines (1214). France in the Thirteenth Century: The Reign of Louis IX. The Hohenstaufen Empire (r. 1152-1272).8. Medieval Society: Hierarchies, Towns, Universities and Families (1000-1300). The Traditional Order of Life. Towns and Townspeople. Schools and Universities. Women in Medieval Society. The Lives of Children.9. The Late Middle Ages: Social and Political Breakdown (1300-1527). The Hundred Years' War and the Rise of National Sentiment. The Black Death. Ecclesiastical Breakdown and Revival: The Late Medieval Church. Medieval Russia.10. Renaissance and Discovery. The Renaissance in Italy (1375-1527). Italy's Political Decline: The French Invasions (1494-1527). Revival of Monarchy in Northern Europe. The Northern Renaissance. Voyages of Discovery and the New Empire in the West.11. The Age of Reformation. Society and Religion. Martin Luther and German Reformation to 1525. The Reformation Elsewhere. Political Consolidation of the Lutheran Reformation. The English Reformation to 1553. Catholic Reform and Counter-Reformation. The Social Significance of the Reformation in Western Europe. Family Life in Early Modern Europe. Literary Imagination in Transition.12. The Age of Religious Wars. Renewed Religious Struggle. The French Wars of Religion (1562-1598). Imperial Spain and the Reign of Phillip II (r. 1556-1598). England and Spain (1553-1603). The Thirty Years' War (1618-1648).13. Paths to Constitutionalism and Absolutism: England and France in the Seventeenth Century. Two Models of European Political Development. Constitutional Crisis and Settlement in Stuart England. Rise of Absolute Monarchy in France. The Years of Louis's Personal Rule.14. New Directions in Thought and Culture in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries. The Scientific Revolution. Philosophy Responds to Changing Science. The New Institutions of Expanding Natural Knowledge. Women in the World of the Scientific Revolution. The New Science and Religious Faith. Continuing Superstition.15. Successful and Unsuccessful Paths to Power (1686-1740). The Maritime Powers. Central and Eastern Europe. Russia Enters into the European Political Arena.
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About Donald M. Kagan

DONALD KAGAN is Hillhouse Professor of History and Classics at Yale University, where he has taught since 1969. He received the A.B. degree in history from Brooklyn College, the M.A. in classics from Brown University, and the Ph.D. in history from Ohio State University. During 1958-1959 he studied at the American School of Classical Studies as a Fulbright Scholar. He has received three awards for undergraduate teaching at Cornell and Yale. He is the author of a history of Greek political thought, The Great Dialogue (1965); a four-volume history of the Peloponnesian war, The Origins of the Peloponnesian War (1969); The Archidamian War (1974); The Peace of Nicias and the Sicilian Expedition (1981); The Fall of the Athenian Empire (1987); and a biography of Pericles, Pericles of Athens and the Birth of Democracy (1991); and On the Origins of War (1995). He is co-author, with Frederick W. Kagan of While America Sleeps (2000). With Brian Tierney and L. Pearce Williams, he is the editor of Great Issues in Western Civilization, a collection of readings.STEVEN OZMENT is McLean Professor of Ancient and Modern History at Harvard University. He has taught Western Civilization at Yale, Stanford, and Harvard. He is the author of ten books. The Age of Reform, 1250-1550 (1980) won the Schaff Prize and was nominated for the 1981 American Book Award. Magdalena and Balthasar: An Intimate Portrait of Life in Sixteenth Century Europe (1986), Three Behaim Boys: Growing Up in Early Modern Germany (1990), Protestants: The Birth of a Revolution (1992), and The Burgermeister's Daughter: Scandal in a Sixteenth Century German Town (1996) were selections of the History Book Club, as is his most recent book, Flesh and Spirit: Private Life in Early Modern Germany (1999).FRANK M. TURNER is John Hay Whitney Professor of History at Yale University, where he served as University Provost from 1988 to 1992. He received his B.A. degree at the College of William and Mary and his Ph.D. from Yale. He has received the Yale College Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching. He has directed a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute. His scholarly research has received the support of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Guggenheim Foundation and the Woodrow Wilson Center. He is the author of Between Science and Religion: The Reaction to Scientific Naturalism in Late Victorian England (1974), The Greek Heritage in Victorian Britain (1981), which received the British Council Prize of the Conference on British Studies and the Yale Press Governors Award, and Contesting Cultural Authority: Essays in Victorian Intellectual Life (1993). He has also contributed numerous articles to journals and has served on the editorial advisory boards of The Journal of Modern History, Isis, and Victorian Studies. He edited The Idea of a University, by John Henry Newman (1996). Since 1996 he has served as a Trustee of Connecticut College.
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