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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
|List of Maps||p. xii|
|In the Beginning: Prehistory and Illiterate Societies||p. 20|
|A Torrent of Words: Change and Custom in Classical Greece||p. 46|
|The Birth of Abstraction: Plato, Aristotle and the Rational Mind||p. 72|
|The Universal Civilization: Rome and the Barbarians||p. 94|
|Augustine's Vision of Christianity: From Rebel Sect to Universal Faith||p. 113|
|Religion as Civilization: The Establishment of Western Christendom||p. 134|
|Another Way of Living: The Medieval Town and Communal Life||p. 162|
|Art as Civilization: Wealth, Power and Innovation in the Italian Renaissance||p. 180|
|The Search for the Christian Life: The European Reformation as a New Beginning||p. 213|
|Kings, Armies and Nations: The Rise of the Military State||p. 236|
|Us and Them: Colonization and Slavery||p. 256|
|The Rational Individual: Theory and Practice in Making Society||p. 281|
|Enlightenment and Revolution: Politics and Reason in France and America||p. 305|
|Industrialization and Nationalism: British Dominance and the Ideology of Freedom||p. 341|
|From Rural Colonies to Industrial Continent: The Making of Modern America||p. 369|
|Towards the Abyss: Technology, Ideology, Apocalypse||p. 397|
|The End of Civilization: Depression, Extremism and Genocide in Europe, America and Asia||p. 428|
|The Post-War World: From Social Cohesion to Global Marketplace||p. 454|
|Acknowledgements, References and Further Reading||p. 493|
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