A History of Western Society Since 1300 for Advanced Placement*

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  • Edition: 9th
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-01-14
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's

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The gold standard for AP European history,A History of Western Society, Ninth Edition remains unsurpassed in its integration of everyday life in the broad sweep of Western history. The enduring appeal of social history is strengthened in the new edition with fresh scholarship and global perspectives added by new authors Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks and Clare Haru Crowston. Compelling writing rich with details about daily life helps students identify with peoples of the past, while the authors' sustained attention to cultural, economic, political, and diplomatic history ensures a balanced, integrated narrative. A close fit with the College Board's course description, the new edition includes engaging special features and a series of Document-Based Questions (DBQs) that help students develop their historical analysis skills and prepare for the AP exam.

Table of Contents

The Crisis of the Later Middle Ages, 1300-1450
Prelude to Disaster
The Black Death
Mapping the Past: MapP 12.1 The Course of the Black Death in Fourteenth-Century Europe
The Hundred Years' War
Challenges to the Church
Individuals in Society: Jan Hus
Economic and Social Change
Listening to the Past: Christine de Pizan
European Society in the Age of the Renaissance, 1350-1550
Economic and Political Developments
Intellectual Change
Mapping the Past: Map 13.2 The Growth of Printing in Europe
Art and the Artist
Individuals in Society: Leonardo da Vinci
Social Hierarchies
Politics and the State in the Renaissance (ca 1450-1521)
Listening to the Past: An Age of Gold
Reformations and Religious Wars, 1500-1600
The Early Reformation
Images in Society: Art in the Reformation
The Reformation and German Politics
The Spread of the Protestant Reformation
The Catholic Reformation
Mapping the Past: Map 14.2 Religious Divisions in Europe
Individuals in Society: Teresa of Ávila
Religious Violence
Listening to the Past: Martin Luther, On Christian Liberty
European Exploration and Conquest, 1450-1650
World Contacts Before Columbus
The European Voyages of Discovery
Mapping the Past: Map 15.2 Overseas Exploration and Conquest, Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries
Europe and the World After Columbus
Individuals in Society: Juan de Pareja
Changing Attitudes and Beliefs
Listening to the Past: Columbus Describes His First Voyage
Absolutism and Constitutionalism in Western Europe, ca 1589-1715
Seventeenth-Century Crisis and Rebuilding
Absolutism in France and Spain
Mapping the Past: Map 16.2 Europe in 1715
The Culture of Absolutism
Individuals in Society: Glückel of Hameln
Listening to the Past: The Court at Versailles
Absolutism in Central and Eastern Europe to 1740
Warfare and Social Change in Central and Eastern Europe
The Rise of Austria and Prussia
Images in Society: Absolutist Palace Building
The Development of Russia and the Ottoman Empire
Mapping the Past: Map 17.3 The Expansion of Russia to 1725
Individuals in Society: Hürrem
Listening to the Past: A Foreign Traveller in Russia
Toward a New Worldview, 1540-1789
The Scientific Revolution
The Enlightenment
The Enlightenment and Absolutism
Mapping the Past: Map 18.1 The Partition of Poland and Russia's Expansion, 1772-1795
Individuals in Society: Moses Mendelssohn and the Jewish Enlightenment
Listening to the Past: Voltaire on Religion
The Expansion of Europe in the Eighteenth Century
Agriculture and the Land
The Beginning of the Population Explosion
Cottage Industry and Urban Guilds
Mapping the Past: Map 19.1 Industry and Population in Eighteenth-Century Europe
Building the World Economy
Images in Society: London: The Remaking of a Great City
Individuals in Society: Olaudah Equiano
Listening to the Past: The Debate over the Guilds
The Changing Life of the People
Marriage and the Family
Children and Education
Mapping the Past: Map 20.1 Literacy in France on the Eve of the French Revolution
Food, Medicine, and New Consumption Habits
Individuals in Society: Madame du Coudray, the Nation's Midwife
Religion and Popular Culture
Listening to the Past: A Day in the Life of Paris
The Revolution in Politics, 1775-1815
Background to Revolution
Revolution in Metropole and Colony, 1789-1791
World War and Republican France, 1791-1799
The Napoleonic Era, 1799-1815
Individuals in Society: Toussaint L'Ouverture
Mapping the Past: Map 21.2 Napoleonic Europe in 1810
Listening to the Past: Revolution and Women's Rights
The Revolution in Energy and Industry (ca 1780-1860)
The Industrial Revolution in Britain
Industrialization in Continental Europe
Mapping the Past: Map 22.3 Continental Industrialization, ca 1850
Relations Between Capital and Labor
Individuals in Society: The Strutt Family
Listening to the Past: The Testimony of Young Mine Workers
Ideologies and Upheavals, 1815-1850
Mapping the Past: Map 23.1 Europe in 1815
The Peace Settlement
Radical Ideas and Early Socialism
The Romantic Movement
Reforms and Revolutions
The Revolutions of 1848
Individuals in Society: Jules Michelet
Listening to the Past: Speaking for the Czech Nation
Life in the Emerging Urban Society in the Nineteenth Century
Taming the City
Mapping the Past: Map 24.1 European Cities of 100,000 or More, 1800 and 1900
Rich and Poor and Those in Between
Images in Society: Class and Gender Boundaries in Women's Fashion, 1850-1914
The Changing Family
Individuals in Society: Franziska Tiburtius
Science and Thought
Listening to the Past: Middle-Class Youth and Sexuality
The Age of Nationalism, 1850-1914
Napoleon III in France
Nation Building in Italy and Germany
Mapping the Past: Map 25.2 The Unification of Germany, 1866-1871
Nation Building in the United States
The Modernization of Russia and the Ottoman Empire
The Responsive National State, 1871-1914
Marxism and the Socialist Movement
Individuals in Society: Theodor Herzl
Listening to the Past: The Making of a Socialist
The West and the World, 1815-1914
Industrialization and the World Economy
The Great Migration
Western Imperialism, 1880-1914
Mapping the Past: Map 26.2 The Partition of Africa
Individuals in Society: Cecil Rhodes
Responding to Western Imperialism
Listening to the Past: A British Woman in India
The Great Break: War and Revolution, 1914-1919
The First World War
The Home Front
Individuals in Society: Vera Brittain
The Russian Revolution
The Peace Settlement
Mapping the Past: Map 27.4 Shattered Empires and Territorial Changes After World War I
Listening to the Past: Arab Political Aspirations in 1919
The Age of Anxiety (ca 1900-1940)
Uncertainty in Modern Thought
Modern Art and Music
Images in Society: Pablo Picasso and Modern Art
Movies and Radio
The Search for Peace and Political Stability
Individuals in Society: Gustav Stresemann
The Great Depression, 1929-1939
Mapping the Past: Map 28.1 The Great Depression in the United States, Britain, and Europe
Listening to the Past: Life on the Dole in Great Britain
Dictatorships and the Second World War, 1919-1945
Authoritarian States
Stalin's Soviet Union
Mussolini and Fascism in Italy
Hitler and Nazism in Germany
The Second World War
Mapping the Past: Map 29.2 World War II in Europe
Individuals in Society: Primo Levi
Listening to the Past: Stalin Justifies the Five-Year Plan
Cold War Conflicts and Social Transformations, 1945-1985
The Division of Europe
The Western Renaissance, 1945-1968
Mapping the Past: Map 30.2 European Alliance Systems, 1949-1989
Soviet Eastern Europe, 1945-1968
Postwar Social Transformations, 1945-1968
Conflict and Challenge in the Late Cold War, 1968-1985
Individuals in Society: Margaret Thatcher
Listening to the Past: A Feminist Critique of Marriage
Revolution, Rebuilding, and New Challenges: 1985 to the Present
The Decline of Communism in Eastern Europe
The Revolutions of 1989
Building a New Europe in the 1990s
Mapping the Past: Map 31.3 Contemporary Europe
New Challenges in the Twenty-first Century
The West and the Islamic World
Individuals in Society: Tariq Ramadan
The Future in Perspective
Listening to the Past: The French Riots: Will They Change Anything?

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