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Ever since the attacks of September 11, 2001, Western leaders have described a world engaged in "a fight for civilization." But what do we mean by civilization? We believe in a Western tradition of freedom that has produced a fulfilling existence for many millions of people and a culture of enormous depth and creative power. But the history of our civilization is also filled with unspeakable brutality'”for every Leonardo there is a Mussolini, for every Beethoven symphony a concentration camp, for every Chrysler Building a My Lai massacre. An ambitious historical assessment of the Western world'”tying together the histories of empires, art, philosophy, science, and politics'” Civilization reexamines and confronts us with all of our glories and catastrophes. At such a dangerous time in the world's history, this brilliant book is required reading.

Table of Contents

Illustrationsp. ix
List of Mapsp. xii
Prologuep. 1
In the Beginning: Prehistory and Illiterate Societiesp. 20
A Torrent of Words: Change and Custom in Classical Greecep. 46
The Birth of Abstraction: Plato, Aristotle and the Rational Mindp. 72
The Universal Civilization: Rome and the Barbariansp. 94
Augustine's Vision of Christianity: From Rebel Sect to Universal Faithp. 113
Religion as Civilization: The Establishment of Western Christendomp. 134
Another Way of Living: The Medieval Town and Communal Lifep. 162
Art as Civilization: Wealth, Power and Innovation in the Italian Renaissancep. 180
The Search for the Christian Life: The European Reformation as a New Beginningp. 213
Kings, Armies and Nations: The Rise of the Military Statep. 236
Us and Them: Colonization and Slaveryp. 256
The Rational Individual: Theory and Practice in Making Societyp. 281
Enlightenment and Revolution: Politics and Reason in France and Americap. 305
Industrialization and Nationalism: British Dominance and the Ideology of Freedomp. 341
From Rural Colonies to Industrial Continent: The Making of Modern Americap. 369
Towards the Abyss: Technology, Ideology, Apocalypsep. 397
The End of Civilization: Depression, Extremism and Genocide in Europe, America and Asiap. 428
The Post-War World: From Social Cohesion to Global Marketplacep. 454
Acknowledgements, References and Further Readingp. 493
Indexp. 507
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