Sources of The Making of the West, Volume I: To 1750: Peoples and Cultures

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Macmillan, Jan 12, 2012 - History - 384 pages
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Sources of The Making of the West provides written and visual documents closely aligned with each chapter of The Making of the West. This two-volume collection reinforces the major political, economic, social, and cultural developments in the textbook by allowing students to engage directly with the voices of those who experienced them. Over thirty new documents and visual sources highlight the diversity of historical voices — including both notable figures and ordinary individuals — that shaped each period. To aid students in approaching and interpreting documents, each chapter contains an introduction, document headnotes, and questions for discussion.

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I have been using Lualdi ( vol. I and II) in my college classes from the first edition. I have consistently found it to be one of the best around (and when you add in the low cost it is unbeatable). The document choice is always excellent, giving my students some exposure to many of the most important people and documents in history, i.e. the classics. I always have a quibble with the newer edition because of what is dropped, but it is usually replaced with something equally important. The selections are long enough to be challenging but not so long as to overwhelm. The questions at the end of each document are such as to invite discussion, not simply a regurgitation of fact. It is a cornerstone of my teaching and many students have admitted to me that the documents become their favorite part of the course. 


Working with Historical Sources
CHAPTER 1 Early Western Civilization 40001000 BCE
CHAPTER 2 Empires in the Near East and the Reemergence of Civilization in Greece 1000500 BCE
CHAPTER 3 The Greek Golden Age c 500c 400 BCE
CHAPTER 4 From the Classical to the Hellenistic World 40030 BCE
CHAPTER 5 The Rise of Rome and Its Republic 75344 BCE
CHAPTER 6 The Creation of the Roman Empire 44 BCE284 CE
CHAPTER 7 The Transformation of the Roman Empire 284600 CE
CHAPTER 10 Commercial Quickening and Religious Reform 10501150
CHAPTER 11 The Flowering of the Middle Ages 11501215
CHAPTER 12 The Medieval Synthesis and Its Cracks 12151340
CHAPTER 13 Crisis and Renaissance 13401492
CHAPTER 14 Global Encounters and the Shock of the Reformation 14921560
CHAPTER 15 Wars of Religion and Clash of Worldviews 15601648
CHAPTER 16 Absolutism Constitutionalism and the Search for Order 16401715
CHAPTER 17 The Atlantic System and Its Consequences 17001750

Islam Byzantium and Europe 600750
CHAPTER 9 From Centralization to Fragmentation 7501050

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Katharine J. Lualdi (Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania) is coeditor of Penitence in the Age of Reformations (Ashgate, 2000) and Handbook for Curates: A Late Medieval Manual of Pastoral Care (The Catholic University of America Press, forthcoming). She has also authored numerous articles and book chapters on sixteenth-century French Catholicism. She teaches history and religion at the University of Southern Maine.

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