The West in the World

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  • Edition: 3rd
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  • Copyright: 12/10/2007
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages
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The West in the Worldrelates the story of how the west has transformed - and been transformed by - the rest of the world. The authors examine the West's contributions to the world and how the west has changed and embraced new ideas through contact with the people outside its center. Using a political / cultural framework the text weaves a strong thread of social history into the narrative by showing how civilizations grow and are shaped through the decisions and actions of real people. The authors bring history to life by using art and maps as a central feature of learning. They build discussions of art into the narrative to help students interpret artwork, and provide analytical map guides that reveal the connections between geography, politics, and other developments. This strong, rich narrative is short enough to allow instructors the flexibility of introducing other sources and books as supplement, while giving students a solid understanding of Western Civilization without overwhelming them.

Table of Contents

The Roots of Western Civilization
The Ancient Middle East to the Sixth Century B.C.E. Before Western Civilization Struggling with the Forces of Nature
Mesopotamia, 3000-ca. 1000 B.C.E. Rule of the God-King
Ancient Egypt, ca. 3100-1000 B.C.E. Merchants and Monotheists
Peoples of the Mediterranean Coast, ca. 1300-500 B.C.E Terror and Benevolence
The Growth of Empires, 1200-500 B.C.E. Global Context Essay, I. Looking Ahead to the Ancient World
700 B.C.E. to 400 C.E.
The Contest for Excellence
Greece, 2000-338 B.C.E. Timeline
The Big Picture The Rise and Fall of Ancient Heroes, 000-800 B.C.E. Emerging from the Dark
Archaic Age, ca. 750-479 B.C.E. 00 Life in the Greek Poleis Greece Enters Its Classical Age, 479-336 B.C.E. Destruction, Disillusion, and a Search for Meaning
The Poleis Become Cosmopolitan
The Hellenistic World, 336-150 B.C.E. The Conquest of the Poleis The Successor Kingdoms, 323-ca. 100 B.C.E. East Meets West in the Successor Kingdoms The Search for Truth
Hellenistic Thought, Religion, and Science
Pride in Family and City
Rome from Its Origins Through the Republic, 753-44 B.C.E. The Rise of Rome, 753-265 B.C.E. Family Life and City Life Expansion and Transformation, 265-133 B.C.E. The Hellenizing of the Republic The Twilight of the Republic, 133-44 B.C.E.
Territorial and Christian Empires
The Roman Empire, 31 B.C.E. to 410 C.E. The Pax Romana-27 B.C.E. to 192 C.E. Life During the Peace of Rome Crisis and Transformation, 192-ca. 400 C.E. The Longing for Religious Fulfillment From Christian Persecution to the City of God, 64-410 C.E. The Holy Life Global Context Essay, II. Looking Ahead to the Middle Ages
A World Divided
Western Kingdoms, Byzantium, and the Islamic World, ca. 376-1000 The Making of the Western Kingdoms, ca. 376-750 The Byzantine Empire, ca. 400-1000 Islam, 600-1000
The Struggle to Bring Order
The Early Middle Ages, ca. 750-1000 Bringing Order with Laws and Leadership Anglo-Saxon England
Forwarding Learning and Law Charlemagne and the Carolingians
A New European Empire Order Interrupted
Vikings and Other Invaders Manors and Feudal Ties
Order Emerging from Chaos
Order Restored
The High Middle Ages, 1000-1300 Those Who Work
Agricultural Labor Those Outside the Order
Town Life Those Who Fight
Nobles and Knights The Rise of Centralized Monarchies Those Who Pray
Imperial Popes and Expanding Christendom
The West Struggles and Eastern Empires Flourish
The Late Middle Ages, ca. 1300-1500 Economic and Social Misery Imperial Papacy Besieged More Destruction
The Hundred Years' War, 1337-1453 Responses to the Disruption of Medieval Order Empires in the East
A New Spirit in the West
The Renaissance,ca. 1300-1640 A New Spirit Emerges
Individualism, Realism, and Activism The Politics of Individual Effort Individualism as Self-Interest
Life During the Renaissance An Age of Talent and Beauty
Renaissance Culture and Science Renaissance of the "New Monarchies" of the North
"Alone Before God"
Religious Reform and Warfare 1500-1648 The Clash of Dynasties, 1515-1555 A Tide of Religious Reform The Catholic Reformation Europe Erupts Again
A Century of Religious Warfare, 1559-1648 Life After the Reformation
Faith, Fortune, and Fame
European Expansion, 1450-1700 The World Imagined The World Discovered Confrontation of Cultures The World Market and Commercial Revolution The World Transformed
The Struggle for Survival and Sovereignty
Europe's Social and Political Order, 1600-1715 Stresses in Traditional Society Royal Absolutism in France The Struggle for Sovereignty in Eastern Europe The Triu
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