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A History of Western Societyremains the most popular AP European history textbook available because it captures students' interest in the everyday life of the past and ties social history to the broad sweep of politics and culture. The tenth edition has been thoroughly revised to strengthen the text's readability, heighten its attention to daily life, and incorporate the insights of new scholarship, including a strengthened treatment of European exploration and a thoroughly revised post-1945 section. With a dynamic new design, new special features on visual evidence, and a completely revised and robust companion reader, this significant revision will help AP students master the concepts and content of European history.
John P. McKay (Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley) is professor emeritus at the University of Illinois. He has written or edited numerous works, including the Herbert Baxter Adams Prize-winning book Pioneers for Profit: Foreign Entrepreneurship and Russian Industrialization, 1885-1913 (1970) and Tramways and Trolleys: The Rise of Urban Mass Transport in Europe (1976). He most recently contributed to Imagining the Twentieth Century (1997).
Bennett D. Hill (Ph.D., Princeton), late of the University of Illinois, was the history department chair from 1978 to 1981. He published English Cistercian Monasteries and Their Patrons in the Twelfth Century (1968), Church and State in the Middle Ages (1970), and numerous articles and reviews, and was one of the contributing editors to The Encyclopedia of World History (2001). A Benedictine monk of St. Anselm's Abbey in Washington, D.C., he was also a visiting professor at Georgetown University.
John Buckler (Ph.D., Harvard University) taught history at the University of Illinois. Published books include Theban Hegemony, 371-362 B.C. (1980), Philip II and the Sacred War (1989), and Aegean Greece in the Fourth Century B.C. (2003). With Hans Beck, he most recently published Central Greece and the Politics of Power in the Fourth Century (2007).
Clare Haru Crowston (Ph.D., Cornell University) teaches at the University of Illinois, where she is currently associate professor of history. She is the author of Fabricating Women: The Seamstresses of Old Regime France, 1675-1791 (2001), which won the Berkshire and Hagley Prizes. She edited two special issues of the Journal of Women's History (vol. 18, nos. 3 and 4), has published numerous journal articles and reviews, and is a past president of the Society for French Historical Studies and a former chair of the Pinkney Prize Committee.
Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison) taught first at Augustana College in Illinois, and since 1985 at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she is currently UWM Distinguished Professor in the department of history. She is the coeditor of the Sixteenth Century Journal and the author or editor of more than twenty books, most recently The Marvelous Hairy Girls: The Gonzales Sisters and Their Worlds (2009) and Gender in History (2nd ed., 2010). She currently serves as the Chief Reader for Advanced Placement World History.
Joe Perry (Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) is Associate Professor of modern German and European history at Georgia State University. He has published numerous articles and is author of the recently published book Christmas in Germany: A Cultural History (2010). His current research interests include issues of consumption, gender, and television in East and West Germany after World War II.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Origins, ca. 400,000-1100 B.C.E.
Chapter 2 Small Kingdoms and Mighty Empires in the Near East, ca. 1100-513 BCE
Chapter 3 The Development of Classical Greece, ca. 2000-338 B.C.E.
Chapter 4 The Hellenistic World, 336-30 B.C.E.
Chapter 5 The Rise of Rome, ca. 750-31 B.C.E.
Chapter 6 The Pax Romana, 31 B.C.E.-284 C.E.
Chapter 7 Late Antiquity, 250-600
Chapter 8 Europe in the Early Middle Ages, 600-1000
Chapter 9 State and Church in the High Middle Ages, 1000-1300
Chapter 10 The Life of the People in the High Middle Ages, 1000-1300
The Creativity and Challenges of Medieval Cities, 1100-1300
The Crisis of the Later Middle Ages, 1300-1450
Chapter 13 European Society in the Age of the Renaissance, 1350-1550
Chapter 14 Reformations and Religious Wars, 1500-1600
Chapter 15 European Exploration and Conquest, 1450-1650
Chapter 16 Absolutism and Constitutionalism, ca. 1589-1725
Chapter 17 Toward a New Worldview, 1540-1789
Chapter 18 The Expansion of Europe, 1650-1800
Chapter 19 The Changing Life of the People, 1700-1800
Chapter 20 The Revolution in Politics, 1775-1815
Chapter 21 The Revolution in Energy and Industry, ca. 1780-1850
Chapter 22 Ideologies and Upheavals, 1815-1850
Chapter 23 Life in the Emerging Urban Society, 1840-1900
Chapter 24 The Age of Nationalism, 1850-1914
Chapter 25 The West and the World, 1815-1914
Chapter 26 War and Revolution, 1914-1919
Chapter 27 The Age of Anxiety, ca. 1900-1940
Chapter 28 Dictatorships and the Second World War, 1919-1945
Chapter 29 Cold War Conflict and Consensus, 1945-1965
Chapter 30 Challenging the Postwar Order, 1960-1991
Chapter 31 Europe in an Age of Globalization, 1990 to the Present