Discovering the Western Past, Volume I: To 1789

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Cengage Learning, Jan 1, 2014 - History - 368 pages
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This successful Western history version of the popular Discovering series provides a broad range of both visual and written sources. The unique pedagogical framework includes The Problem, Sources and Method, The Evidence, Questions to Consider, and Epilogue and Evaluation sections in each chapter. This structure promotes critical thinking, sharpens analytical skills, and builds student interest in the subject matter. DISCOVERING THE WESTERN PAST: A LOOK AT THE EVIDENCE, Volume I: To 1789, Seventh Edition, emphasizes historical study as interpretation rather than memorization of data, with actual documents and artifacts from which students develop answers to historical questions-and learn to think like historians. The new edition includes two new chapters, which explore health and disease in the Greek World as well as the activities of monarchs in Portugal, Castile, and Aragon who were interested in expanding their territories and influence in 1450-1540.
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Contents

Preface
The Need for Water in Ancient Societies
The Ideal and the Reality of Classical Athens
Health and Disease in the Greek World
The Achievements of Augustus
Invading Barbarians
The Development of the Medieval State
Life at a Medieval University
Infidels and Heretics Crusades of the High Middle Ages
Social and Economic Conflicts in the Late Medieval Cloth Trade
The Renaissance Man and Woman
Pagans Muslims and Christians in the Mental World of Columbus
The Spread of the Reformation
Royal Power and Overseas Expansion 14501540
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Merry Wiesner-Hanks (Chair, Department of History, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee) received her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1979. She has published WORKING WOMEN IN RENAISSANCE GERMANY (Rutgers, 1986) as well as numerous articles on women and the Reformation and urban social history. She is co-author of DISCOVERING THE GLOBAL PAST (2012), DISCOVERING THE WESTERN PAST (2008), DISCOVERING THE MEDIEVAL PAST (2003), DISCOVERING THE ANCIENT PAST (2005), DISCOVERING THE TWENTIETH-CENTURY WORLD (2005), and BECOMING VISIBLE: WOMEN IN EUROPEAN HISTORY (1998). She is also the General Editor of the PROBLEMS IN EUROPEAN CIVILIZATION series.

Andrew D. Evans (Chair, Department of History, State University of New York at New Paltz) received his Ph.D. from Indiana University in 2002. He is the author of ANTHROPOLOGY AT WAR: WORLD WAR I AND THE SCIENCE OF RACE IN GERMANY (Chicago, 2010), and co-author of DISCOVERING THE WESTERN PAST (2015).

William Bruce Wheeler received his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in 1967. He is co-author of DISCOVERING THE GLOBAL PAST (2012), DISCOVERING THE AMERICAN PAST (2012), and DISCOVERING THE WESTERN PAST (2008). He has also written books on Tennessee history and the Tellico Dam.

Julius Ruff (Marquette University) received his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina 1979. He is the author of Crime, Justice and Public Order in Old Regime France (Croom Helm, 1984) in addition to many articles and book reviews.

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