Adventures in the Human Spirit

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  • Edition: 4th
  • Format: Paperback w/CD
  • Copyright: 2005-01-01
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
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Exceptionally student-friendly, extensively illustrated, and engagingly thought-provoking, this one-volume historical survey of the humanities is accessibleand invitingto readers withlittle background in the arts and humanities.Carefully balanced among the major arts, philosophy, and religion and finely focused on selected principal events, styles, movements, and figures, it brings the past to life by including authentic documents from daily life, comparative global perspectives, and examples from literature, philosophy, musicincluding the contributions of women and minority artists.For individuals waiting to discover the humanities'rich connections to theirownlives.

Table of Contents

The Humanities: An Introduction to the Adventure
Finding a Voice
The Arts
An Invitation to the Adventure
The Ancient World
The First Humans
Ancient Egypt
Early Asian Civilizations
Ancient Greece: The Classical Spirit
Early Greece
Classical Greece
Greek Theater and Music
Classical Greek Philosophy
The Hellenistic Age
Ancient Rome: The Spirit of Empire
The Drama of Roman History
The Art of an Empire
Roman Art and Daily Life
The Romans as Poets and Thinkers
The Spirit of Monotheism
The Judaic Tradition
The Rise of Christianity
Christian Philosophy
The Christian Empires: Rome and Byzantium
The Rise of Islam
The Early Middle Ages: The Feudal Spirit
The Age of Charlemagne
Feudal Europe
The Romanesque Style
Early Medieval Music and Drama
The Medieval Philosopher
The Late Middle Ages: The Gothic Awakening
The Gothic Awakening
The Gothic Styles
Music and Theater in the Gothic Age
The New Learning
Court and City in the Late Middle Ages
Prelude to the Renaissance
The Renaissance Spirit in Italy
The Renaissance in Italy
The Arts in Renaissance Florence
Early Renaissance Genius
The High Renaissance in Rome
Reformation and Late Renaissance
The Reformation
The Rise of Northern Europe
Art and Humanism in Northern Europe
The Elizabethan Age
The Late Renaissance in Italy
The Spirit of Baroque
The Baroque in Spain
The Baroque in Italy
The Baroque in France
The Protestant Baroque
The New Science
The English Compromise
The Spirit of Enlightenment
The Enlightenment
The Rococo Style
The Middle-Class Response
The Neoclassical Style
The Age of Satire
Revolution and Romanticism
Revolutions and Rights
The Romantic Hero
Elements of Romanticism
Romantic Demons
The Industrial Age: The Spirit of Materialism
Materialism and Progress
Realism and the Modern World
Music and Modernity
Last Romantics and Early Moderns
The Dark Side of Progress
The Spirit of Modernism
A Turbulent Century
Modernism in Art
The Modern Mind
Modernist Music and Architecture
Art and Politics
In the American Grain
The Contemporary Spirit
Horror and Absurdity in the New Age
Art in the Post-War Era
The Trials of Modern Architecture
Post-1945 Music
Post-modern Styles
The Global Culture
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From the beginning, I designedAdventures in the Human Spirit,now in its fourth edition, to be an accessible and engaging single-volume survey, inviting its readers to begin a lifelong conversation with the Western humanities. In emphasizing the connections between ideas and cultural creation, the book provides a concise and focused history of the Western arts, religion, philosophy, and science. Its special boxed features provide a set of lenses for students to view the history of culture.Key Conceptsdefine and illustrate essential ideas in historical context, usually with a link to contemporary problems.Global Perspectivespoint to crucial moments in global civilization that invite comparison with Western cultures.Windows on Daily Lifeuse original documents to portray in vivid detail the lives of ordinary people.New to the fourth edition.Each chapter now highlights provocative quotations from thinkers and artists of the age. NewKey Conceptswill support student inquiry on topical issues--"The World Citizen," "Mysticism," "Enlightenment," and "Freedom." A newGlobal Perspectiveon "The Ottoman World" extends treatment of Muslim civilization into the early modern world. In response to reviewers' and students' suggestions, I have added new or substantially revised text on such topics as: religion and philosophy in Greece; Greek music and dance; Hellenistic philosophy; the Northern humanist philosophers; dance in the baroque and romantic eras; Adam Smith and Kant's ethical thought; Joshua Reynolds and British neoclassicism; the Industrial Revolution; the Victorians and utilitarianism; Klimt and the Vienna Secession; Einstein's new physics; terror and civilization in the new century. Chapter 5 is renamed the Spirit of Monotheism.Several chapters are reorganized for clarity and historical coherence in this edition. Chapter 9, Reformation and Late Renaissance, now begins with the religious reforms that overshadowed the sixteenth century. Chapter 13, The Industrial Age, now begins with the Victorians and their utilitarian materialism. Chapter 15, The Contemporary Spirit, ends with a consideration of art as a force for renewal in the face of war and terrorism. Expanded Teaching and Learning PackageAdventuresis accompanied by a supplements package for both students and instructors, and three very exciting new items for students are now available with the fourth edition.For Students.The newCompanion Websiteat www.prenhall.com/bishop gives students free access to an extensive online study resource, including quizzes, weblinks, chapter objectives, and more. A newMusic CDis included for free with each copy of the book. Selections represent a broad variety of time periods and styles, and include such composers as Bach, Berlioz, and Bernstein (see table of contents on inside back page). A new supplement,Humanities Notes,also free, is designed to help students organize their course notes around key illustrations, quotations, and short extracts from each chapter.For Instructors.Prentice Hall also offers: Instructor's Manual with Test Item File available on the Companion Website, www.prenhall.com/bishop (contact your local Prentice Hall representative for a password) and TestGen, an electronic test generator for both Windows and Macintosh formats. Philip Bishop Orlando, Florida, 2004

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