The Rise of Western Power: A Comparative History of Western Civilization

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A&C Black, Dec 19, 2013 - History - 464 pages
The West's history is one of extraordinary success; no other region, empire, culture, or civilization has left so powerful a mark upon the world. The Rise of Western Power charts the West's achievements-representative government, the free enterprise system, modern science, and the rule of law-as well as its misdeeds-two frighteningly destructive World Wars, the Holocaust, imperialistic domination, and the Atlantic slave trade.

Adopting a global perspective, Jonathan Daly explores the contributions of other cultures and civilizations to the West's emergence. Historical, geographical, and cultural factors all unfold in the narrative. Adopting a thematic structure, the book traces the rise of Western power through a series of revolutions-social, political, technological, military, commercial, and industrial, among others. The result is a clear and engaging introduction to the history of Western civilization.
 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Innovation in world civilization
1
Chapter 2 Chronology
29
Chapter 2 Medieval transformations
31
Chapter 3 Chronology
53
Chapter 3 Papal Revolution
55
Chapter 4 Chronology
85
Chapter 4 Military revolutions
87
Chapter 5 Chronology
111
Chapter 9 Commercial revolutions
217
Chapter 10 Chronology
239
Chapter 10 Political revolutions
241
Chapter 11 Chronology
273
Chapter 11 Industrial Revolution
275
Chapter 12 Chronology
297
Chapter 12 Technological Revolution
299
Chapter 13 Chronology
329

Chapter 5 Discovery of the world
113
Chapter 6 Chronology
141
Chapter 6 Explosion of the printed word
143
Chapter 7 Chronology
161
Chapter 7 The Reformation
163
Chapter 8 Chronology
187
Chapter 8 Scientific revolutions
189
Chapter 9 Chronology
215
Chapter 13 Crises of the West
331
Chapter 14 Chronology
365
Chapter 14 Social Revolutions
367
A new type of society
395
Notes
405
Index
591
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Jonathan Daly is Professor of History at the University of Illinois, Chicago, USA.

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