Landmarks in Humanities

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  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1/11/2012
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
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Landmarks in Humanitiesis a single-volume survey of global culture designed to help students of humanities, cultural history, and history of the arts to understand and appreciate the relevance of historical works and ideas to their own daily lives. In chronological sequence, Landmarksguides students on a journey of the most notable monuments of the human imagination and the most prominent ideas and issues that have shaped the course and character of the world's cultures from prehistory to the present. The landmarks that mark this journey are the great works of their place and time and, in some cases, of all time. The text reflects the author's extensive background in the study of Humanities, which has enabled her to craft a narrative that is at once brief and comprehensive, giving students a thorough understanding of the interrelatedness of various modes of expressionart and architecture, literature, philosophy, and music--without overwhelming them with detail. Each of the text's fifteen chapters is centered on a key idea related to the period being discussed, and contains a series of valuable pedagogical features including timelines, high-quality maps, and boxed material. Each chapter also takes a unique cultural or historical point of view, often through primary sources, the stylistic relationship between two or more images and ideas or between text and image, and contemporaneous non-Western cultural landmarks and cross-cultural influences. In this edition, each chapter opens with "A First Look" at a landmark work that illustrates the key idea of the chapter and acts as a cultural guidepost to that chapter's overarching theme. This new feature explains the artwork's significance as a landmark in its own time as well as in ours.

Table of Contents

Origins: The First Civilizations


The Birth of Civilization


Africa: Ancient Egypt

Africa: Western Sudan

The Americas

Beyond the West: Ancient India

Beyond the West: Ancient China


Key Topics

The First Civilizations Timeline

2 Classicism: The Greek Legacy

Ancient Greek Civilization

Athens and the Golden Age

Greek Philosophy

Beyond the West: Chinese Philosophy

The Classical Style

The Hellenistic Age


Key Topics

Ancient Greece Timeline

3 Empire: The Power and Glory of Rome

The Roman Rise to Empire

Roman Literature

Art and Empire

Beyond the West: China’s Rise to Empire


Key Topics

Ancient Rome Timeline

4 Revelation: The Flowering of World Religions



The Spread of Christianity


Beyond the West: Buddhism


Key Topics

World Religions Timeline

5 Synthesis: The Rise of the West

The Germanic Tribes

The Age of Charlemagne

Beyond the West: Japan

Feudal Society

Feudal-Age Literature

Early Medieval Music

Beyond the West: China


Key Topics

Early Middle Ages Timeline

6 Christendom: Europe in the Age of Faith

The Medieval Church

Medieval Towns

The Pilgrimage Church

The Gothic Cathedral

Medieval Music

Beyond the West: India and China


Key Topics

High Middle Ages Timeline

7 Rebirth: The Age of the Renaissance

Transition: Medieval to Renaissance

The Arts in Transition

The Italian Renaissance

Renaissance Humanism

Early Renaissance Art

High Renaissance Art

Beyond the West: The Glories of the Ottoman Empire

Renaissance Music


Key Topics

Renaissance Timeline

8 Reform: The Northern Renaissance and the Reformation

Renaissance and Reformation

Sixteenth-Century Literature

Beyond the West: Japanese Theater

Northern Art

Northern Music


Key Topics

Northern Renaissance Timeline

9 Encounter: European Outreach and Expansion

Global Travel and Trade


The Americas

Cross-Cultural Encounter


Key Topics

Africa and the Americas Timeline

10 Baroque: Piety and Extravagance

The Catholic Reformation

The Italian Baroque

The Northern Baroque

The Aristocratic Baroque

Beyond the West: Aristocratic Landmarks

Baroque Music


Key Topics

Baroque Timeline

11 Enlightenment: Science and the New Learning

The Scientific Revolution

The Enlightenment

Literature and the Enlightenment

The Visual Arts and the Enlightenment

Music and the Enlightenment

Beyond the West: Japan


Key Topics

Enlightenment Timeline

12 Romanticism: Nature, Passion, and the Sublime

Heralds of Romanticism

Romantic Literature

American Romanticism

Romanticism in the Visual Arts

Romantic Music and Dance

Beyond the West: Exploring Africa


Key Topics

Romanticism Timeline

13 Materialism: The Industrial Era and the Urban Scene

The Global Dominion of the West

Literary Realism

Late-Nineteenth-Century Architecture

Realism in the Visual Arts



Beyond the West: The Lure of the Exotic: Oceania

Late-Nineteenth-Century Sculpture

Late-Nineteenth-Century Music


Key Topics

Materialism Timeline

14 Modernism: The Assault on Tradition

New Directions

War and Revolution

Beyond the West: Mao's China

Modern Literature

Modern Art

Modern Architecture

Music and Dance


Key Topics

Modernism Timeline

15 Globalism: Information, Communication, and the Digital Revolution

Post-War Convulsions

The Quest for Equality

Science and Philosophy

The Information Explosion

Contemporary Literature

Art and Architecture

Music and Dance

Into the Twenty-First Century


Key Topics

Globalism Timeline


Further Reading

Literary Credits

Picture Credits


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