Discovering the Western Past A Look at the Evidence, Volume I: To 1789

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  • Copyright: 2007-06-29
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This successful Western history version of the popular Discovering series provides a broad range of both visual and written sources. The unique pedagogical framework includes The Problem, Sources and Method, The Evidence, Questions to Consider, and Epilogue and Evaluation sections in each chapter. This structure promotes critical thinking, sharpens analytical skills, and builds student interest in the subject matter. The text emphasizes historical study as interpretation rather than memorization of data, with actual documents and artifacts from which students develop answers to historical questions.

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The Need for Water in Ancient Societies
The Evidence: Aerial photograph of pre-Roman City in Italy
Major ancient levees identifiable in LANDSAT imagery
Early Egyptian King Cutting an Irrigation
Ditch Water-lifting devices
Sections from the Code of Hammurabi referring to irrigation
Vetruvius on the Roman aqueduct system
Suetonius's description of Emperor
Claudius's water projects
Frontinus on Rome's water system
Proclamation of Emperor Theodosius, A.D. 438
Polytheism and Monotheism in the Fertile Crescent, ca. 3000-500 B.C
The Evidence: The Ziggurat of Ur-Nammu, King of Ur, ca. 2100 B.C
The Ziggurat of Ur-Nammu, King of Ur, ca. 2100 B.C., as it looked after twentieth-century archeological excavation work
Creation of Man by the Mother Goddess
Prayer to the Moon God
Nannar or Sin
The Epic of Gilgamesh
The Code of Hammurabi
The Creation from Genesis
The Ten Commandments Selections from the Torah Selections from the Prophets
The Book of Job
The Ideal and the Reality of Classical Athens
The Evidence: Pericles' funeral speech
The Melian debate Aristotle's
The Politics
An unknown author's view of Athenian democracy Xenophon's
The Economist Plato's
The Republic Floor plan of a house from Olynthus
The Achievements of Augustus
The Evidence: Decree issued by Emperor Augustus
Inscription from the city of Narbonne Horaces Odes Suetonius's
Life of Augustus Roman History by Dio Cassius Tacitus's Annals Augustus's Res Gestae Divi Augusti Roman coins
The arch of Augustus at Rimini Maps of Main Roman Roads
Invading Barbarians
The Evidence: Germania by Tacitus Res Gestae by Ammianus Marcellinus
The Histories by Agathias Manual of Strategy by Emperor Maurice
Ibn Fadlan's account of his travels to the Kingdom of the Bulgars
Ibrahim Ibn Jakub's description of Christian Spain and Poland Golden bottle from Nagyszentmikl?s Lindisfarne gravestone
A History of the Archbishops of Hamberg-Bremen by Adam of Bremen
The Development of the Medieval State The Evidence
Orderic Vitalis's
The Ecclesiastical History of England and Normandy
Photographs and a ground plan of medieval castles
Map of locations of castles built during the reign of William the Conqueror
The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle Assize of Clarendon Constitutions of Clarendon
Descriptions of the coronations of Frederick Barbarossa and Richard the Lionhearted
Portrait of Emperor Otto III Bayeux tapestry showing Harold's coronation
Life at a Medieval University The Evidence
Royal privileges granted to the University of Paris by the king of France, 1200 Statutes for the University of Paris issued by Robert Couron in 1215 and by Pope Gregory XI in 1231
Robert de Sorbon's regulations for his college Introduction to Peter Abelard's Sic et Non St. Anselm's Monologium Odofredus's announcement of his law lectures at Bologna, ca 1255
Emperor Justinian's Digest Extracts from the letters of St. Bernard of Clairvaux Anonymous account of a student riot at Oxford in the 13th century Jacques de Vitry's description of student life at Paris ca 1225
An Oxford student's plea to his father for money and a father's letter to his son at Orleans Three anonymous student poems, 12th century
Infidels and Heretics: Crusades of the High Middle Ages
The Evidence: Fulcher of Chartres
Chronicle of the First Crusade
The Deeds of the Franks Letter from Stephen
Count of Blois and Chartres, to his wife Adele Letter to the Pope and bishops from the archbishop of Pisa
Godfrey of Bouillon and Raymond of St. Gilles Peter of Les Vaux-de-Cernay
The History of the Albigensian Crusade William of Tudela
The Song of the Cathar Wars Letter from Pope Innocent III to the legate Arnold Amalric (January 15, 1213)
Capitalism and Conflict in the Medieval Cloth Trade
The Evidence: Laws regarding foreign merchants under King Edward the Confessor of England, after 1115
Regulations regarding cloth production workers issued by merchants' guilds and city councils Legal records of cases involving disputes in the cloth trade
Apprenticeship and insurance contracts for the cloth trade
Guild records of the amount of cloth produced in Florence and Ypres
Customs records of the export of raw wool and wool cloth from England
Life in an English Village in the High Middle Ages
The Evidence: Custumal of village of Bureton, ca. 1250
Extent of the village of Alwalton, 1279
Extent of the manor of Bernehorne, 1307
English village by-laws, 1286
Excerpts from Seneschaucie, 1270s Court roll on Nov. 17, 1288 for the village of Broughton Court roll on Feb. 2, 1314 for the village of Addington Coroners' inquests, 1266-1301
The Renaissance Man and Woman
The Evidence: Albrecht D?rer
Self-Portrait in a Fur Coat, 1500
Botticelli's Simonetta, ca. 1444-1510
Andrea del Verrocchio's sculpture of Gen. Bartolommeo Colleoni, ca. 1435-1488
Letters on the content of a liberal education from Peter Paul Vergerius and Leonardo Bruni Baldassare Castiglione's
The Courtier Niccolo Machiavelli's
The Prince Leon Battista's Autobiography Description of Henry VII of England from Polydore Vergil's Anglia Historia
Pagans, Muslims, and Christians in the Mental World of Columbus
The Evidence: Prologue to the Journal of Christopher Columbus
Letter from Columbus to Ferdinand and Isabella From
The Life of the Admiral Christopher Columbus by His Son
Ferdinand Ptolemy's Geography Pliny's Natural History From Abu Abdallah Mohammed Idrisi
Geography From Ibn Fadl Allah al'Umari
Masalik al-Absar Letter of John of Monte Corvino Marco Polo's Travels
The Travels of Sir John Mandeville Pierre d'Ailly's Imago Mundi
Letter to Columbus from Paolo del Pozzo Toscanelli
Map of the World Sailor's Chart of the Atlantic Islands Letter from Columbus
The Spread of the Reformation
The Evidence: Martin Luther's sermon in Erfurt, Germany, 1521
Three 16th-century hymns Illustrations by Matthias Gerung, 1546
Woodcuts by Lucas Cranach and an unknown artist of religious pamphlets Anonymous German pamphlet, 1523
Staging Absolutism
The Evidence: Jean Bodin
The Six Books of the Republic, 1576
Jacques B?nigne Bossuet, Politics Drawn from the Very Words of the Holy Scriptures, 1678
The Duke of Saint-Simon on the Reign of Louis XIV Royal portraits
The Mask of Apollo Engravings of Louis XIV as Roman Emperor in Carousel of 1662
Illustrations of Versailles and Marly
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