Western Civilization: A Brief History

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Cengage Learning, Jan 3, 2007 - History - 656 pages
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Put the world today into context by learning about the past through this brief, best-selling Western Civilization text that has helped thousands of students succeed in the course. Jack Spielvogel's engaging style of writing 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. You will also be exposed to primary source documents - actual historical documents that are the foundation for the historical analysis you read in the chapter. These documents include letters, poems, and songs through history-documents that actually enliven the past. Throughout the book there are also helpful tools to help you digest the reading including outlines, chronologies, numerous maps and key terms with definitions.
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Contents

The Ancient Near East The First Civilizations ...
1
The Ancient Near East Peoples and Empires ...
23
The Civilization of the Greeks
40
The Hellenistic World
60
The Roman Republic
76
The Roman Empire
96
Late Antiquity and the Emergence of the Medieval World ...
115
European Civilization in the Early Middle Ages 7501000 ...
137
The Eighteenth Century European States International Wars and Social Change ...
336
A Revolution in Politics The Era of the French Revolution and Napoleon ...
354
Reaction Revolution and Romanticism 18151850 ...
392
An Age of Nationalism and Realism 18501871 ...
411
Mass Society in an Age of Progress 18711894 ...
430
An Age of Modernity Anxiety and Imperialism 18941914 ...
450
The Beginning of the TwentiethCentury Crisis War and Revolution ...
473
The Futile Search for Stability Europe Between the Wars 19191939 ...
494

The Recovery and Growth of European Society in the High Middle Ages ...
157
The Rise of Kingdoms and the Growth of Church Power ...
175
The Later Middle Ages Crisis and Disintegration in the Fourteenth Century ...
196
Recovery and Rebirth The Renaissance
215
Reformation and Religious Warfare in the Sixteenth Century ...
237
Europe and the World New Encounters 15001800 ...
258
State Building and the Search for Order in the Seventeenth Century ...
280
Toward a New Heaven and a New Earth The Scientific Revolution and the Emergence of Modern Science ...
303
The Eighteenth Century An Age of Enlightenment ...
319
The Deepening European Crisis World War II ...
514
Cold War and a New Western World 19451973 ...
536
The Contemporary Western World Since 1973 ...
560
Glossary
585
Pronunciation
593
Documents
603
Photo Credits
607
Index
611
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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 fur 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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