Western Civilization: A Brief History, Volume 1

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Cengage Learning, Jan 1, 2010 - History - 432 pages
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This brief, best-selling Western civilization text has helped thousands of students learn about the world they live in by exploring the story of its past. Jack Spielvogel’s engaging, chronological narrative and extensive inclusion of primary source documents, weaves the political, economic, social, religious, intellectual, cultural, and military aspects of history into a gripping story that is as memorable as it is instructive. While the single-author narrative makes it easy for students to follow the story of Western civilization, Spielvogel’s use of maps and primary sources--including official documents, poems, and songs--truly enlivens the past while introducing students to the challenges involved in interpreting history. And now, an optional robust interactive eBook is available to bundle with the text or use stand-alone. Students will have access to online practice tests, interactive maps, primary sources, MP3 chapter summaries, and more. Available in the following split options: WESTERN CIVILIZATION: A BRIEF HISTORY, Seventh Edition (Chapters 1-30), ISBN: 978-0-495-57147-6; Volume I: To 1715, Seventh Edition (Chapters 1-16), ISBN: 978-0-495-57148-3; Volume II: Since 1500, Seventh Edition (Chapters 13-30), ISBN: 978-0-495-57149-0.
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Contents

THE ANCIENT NEAR EAST THE FIRST CIVILIZATIONS
1
THE ANCIENT NEAR EAST PEOPLES AND EMPIRES
25
THE CIVILIZATION OF THE GREEKS
44
THE HELLENISTIC WORLD
66
THE ROMAN REPUBLIC
85
THE ROMAN EMPIRE
108
LATE ANTIQUITY AND THE EMERGENCE OF THE MEDIEVAL WORLD
130
EUROPEAN CIVILIZATION IN THE EARLY MIDDLE AGES 7501000
154
RECOVERY AND REBIRTH THE RENAISSANCE
242
REFORMATION AND RELIGIOUS WARFARE IN THE SIXTEENTH CENTURY
267
EUROPE AND THE WORLD NEW ENCOUNTERS 15001800
290
STATE BUILDING AND THE SEARCH FOR ORDER IN THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY
315
TOWARD A NEW HEAVEN AND A NEW EARTH THE SCIENTIFIC REVOLUTION AND THE EMERGENCE OF MODERN SCIENCE
340
GLOSSARY
358
PRONUNCIATION GUIDE
365
CHAPTER NOTES
374

THE RECOVERY AND GROWTH OF EUROPEAN SOCIETY IN THE HIGH MIDDLE AGES
175
THE RISE OF KINGDOMS AND THE GROWTH OF CHURCH POWER
195
THE LATER MIDDLE AGES CRISIS AND DISINTEGRATION IN THE FOURTEENTH CENTURY
220
PHOTO CREDITS
377
INDEX
380
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Jackson J. Spielvogel is Associate Professor Emeritus of History at The Pennsylvania State University. He received his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University, where he specialized in Reformation history under Harold J. Grimm. His articles and reviews have appeared in journals such as Moreana, Journal of General Education, Catholic Historical Review, Archiv für Reformationsgeschichte, and American Historical Review. He also has contributed chapters or articles to THE SOCIAL HISTORY OF THE REFORMATION, THE HOLY ROMAN EMPIRE: A DICTIONARY HANDBOOK, the SIMON WIESENTHAL CENTER ANNUAL OF HOLOCAUST STUDIES, and UTOPIAN STUDIES. His work has been supported by fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation and the Foundation for Reformation Research. At Penn State, he helped inaugurate the Western Civilization course, as well as a popular course on Nazi Germany. His book HITLER AND NAZI GERMANY was published in 1987 (7th Edition, 2014). He is the author of WESTERN CIVILIZATION, first published in 1991 (9th Edition, 2015), and the coauthor (with William Duiker) of WORLD HISTORY, first published in 1994 (8th Edition, 2016). Professor Spielvogel has won five major university-wide teaching awards. During the year 1988?1989, he held the Penn State Teaching Fellowship, the university's most prestigious teaching award. In 1996, he won the Dean Arthur Ray Warnock Award for Outstanding Faculty member, and in 2000 received the Schreyer Honors College Excellence in Teaching Award.

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