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The Western Experience offers a thorough, analytical overview of Western civilization, giving students an introduction to the major achievements in Western thought, art, and science as well as the social, political, and economic context for understanding those developments. To demonstrate the connected nature of all histories, these various aspects of history are examined in an integrated way. To help readers develop their reasoning and writing skills, each chapter is constructed to serve as an example of a historical essay: A historical problem is presented and arguments are developed using historical evidence. The ninth edition features many improvements, including the work of Lisa Tiersten in her new chapter on Nineteenth Century Empires.
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Chapter 1 The First Civilizations
Chapter 2 The Forming of Greek Civilizations
Chapter 3 Classical and Hellenistic Greece
Chapter 4 The Roman Republic
Chapter 5 The Empire and Christianity
Chapter 6 The Making of Western Europe
Chapter 7 The Empires of the Early Middle Ages (800-1000): Creation and Erosion
Chapter 8 Restoration of an Ordered Society
Chapter 9 The Flowering of Medieval Civilization
Chapter 10 The Urban Economy and the Consolidation of States
Chapter 11 Breakdown and Renewal in an Age of Plague
Chapter 12 Tradition and Change in European Culture, 1300-1500