Western Civilization: A Brief History, Volume I: To 1715

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Cengage Learning, Jan 4, 2007 - History - 400 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. Each chapter offers a substantial introduction and conclusion that sparks students' imaginations by giving them a context within which to understand these disparate themes. And 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 enliven the past while introducing students to the challenges involved in interpreting history. The richness of the text's pedagogy, in tandem with its brevity, make it the ideal choice for instructors who wish to offer students an economical yet trusted book, or those who use a primary text in combination with readings and materials of their own selection. Available in the following split options: WESTERN CIVILIZATION: A BRIEF HISTORY, Fourth Edition (Chapters 1-29), ISBN: 0-495-09973-2; Volume I: To 1715, Fourth Edition (Chapters 1-16), ISBN: 0-495-09974-0; Volume II: Since 1500, Fourth Edition (Chapters 13-29), ISBN: 0-495-09975-9.
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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
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
Glossary
319
Pronunciation
327
Photo Credits
337

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

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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 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, 2013). He is also the author of WESTERN CIVILIZATION, first published in 1991 (9th Edition, 2015). 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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