Aspects of Western Civilization : Problems and Sources in History

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  • Edition: 4th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 8/1/1999
  • Publisher: PRENTICE HALL PTR
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For freshman/sophomore level courses in Western Civilization from the ancient world to present, or Intro to Humanities or survey courses of a particular period. A two-volume chronologically arranged compilation of primary and some secondary sources in Western Civilization. Organized around eight major themes to provide direction and cohesion to the text while allowing for originality of thought in both written and oral analysis. Students are presented with basic questions regarding historical development, human nature, moral action and practical necessity while incorporating a wide variety of political, social, economic, religious, intellectual and scientific issues. The readings present history as a vehicle for better understanding in the present rather than a stagnant observation of past societies.

Table of Contents

VOLUME 1 The Ancient World Through the Age of Absolutism
Part I The Earliest Civilizations 1(52)
Civilization in the Ancient Near East: Mesopotamia, Egypt, and Israel
Part II The Greek World 53(100)
The Glory of Greece
The Age of Alexander the Great
Part III The Roman World 153(110)
Breakdown and Rebirth: The Crisis of the Roman Republic
Caesar and Christ
The Pax Romana and the Decline of Rome
Part IV The Medieval World 263(110)
The Sword of Faith: Western Civilization During the Middle Ages
Part V Transitions to the Modern World 373(2)
The Age of the Renaissance
The Reformation Era
``An Embarrassment of Riches'': The Interaction of New Worlds

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