Western Civilization: Ideas, Politics, and Society, Comprehensive Edition

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Cengage Learning, Oct 29, 2008 - History - 976 pages
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Western Civilization, 9/e covers the Western intellectual tradition and the significance of its ideas within a political history chronology. Known for its accessible writing style, this text appeals to students and instructors alike for its brevity, clarity, and careful selection of content including its enhanced focus on religion and philosophy. Updated with more recent scholarship, the Ninth Edition retains many popular features, including comparative timelines and full-color maps with physical geography essays. New technology resources, including an interactive eBook and CL HistorySpace with Eduspace, make learning more engaging and instruction more efficient.
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I have used the second half of this text for a number of years, teaching "Western Heritage" to university freshman. I like the book, myself, because it tends to be oriented to history of ideas and science and culture. The book contains ample information on these subjects, and I find it easy to teach from the book. For the first time this term (Fall 2010), I am going to use the DVD slides that accompany the chapters. I do not know how well or badly this initiative will work.
On the other hand, students may well find the book difficult for just the reasons I find it appealing. I need not belabor this. In any event, I like the book; and I shall continue to use it. I hope the slides augment the appeal of the course rather than the reverse. I shall report back. In the meantime, if anyone has used the slides and has had a good or bad experience with them, I'd be pleased to hear from you. Please write me at sgatlin@eastern.edu
Stephen Gatlin

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About the author (2008)

Myrna Chase, emerita professor, dean of liberal arts, and provost of Baruch College, City University of New York, is a specialist in 19th and 20th century western European history, with a special interest in England and France and the history of political and social ideas. She published ELIE HALEVY: AN INTELLECTUAL BIOGRAPHY (1980). As co-author of the Cengage Learning text WESTERN CIVILIZATION: IDEAS, POLITICS, AND SOCIETY she contributes the chapters on the Industrial Revolution, the Industrial West, and Imperialism.

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