West, The: Encounters & Transformations, Atlas Edition, Volume 1 (to 1715)

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  • Copyright: 2008-01-01
  • Publisher: Longman
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The West: Encounters & Transformationstakes a new approach to telling the story of Western Civilization.Rather than looking at Western Civilization only as the history of Europe from ancient times to the present, this groundbreaking book examines the changing nature of the Westhow the definition of the West has evolved and transformed throughout history. It explores the ways Western civilization has changed as a result of cultural encounters with different beliefs, ideas, technologies, and peoples, both outside the West and within it. Presenting a balanced treatment of political, social, religious, and cultural history, this text emphasizes the ever-shifting boundaries of the geographic and cultural realm of the West. With 56 additional maps,The West: Encounters and Transformations, Second Edition, Atlas Edition,helps students with geography, one of the most difficult aspects of Western Civilization courses for many. Four-color and outline maps accompanied by review questions call on students to identify important geographical areas and think critically about the connection between geography and historical events. The maps are on perforated pages and are organized by chapter so that they can be easily assigned and collected. Other than the additional perforated maps, the Atlas Edition of The West, 2/e, is identical to The West, 2/e.

Table of Contents

What Is the West
The Shifting Borders of the West
Asking the Right Questions
The Beginnings of Civilizations, 10,000-2000 BCE
Culture, Agriculture, and Civilization
The Birth of Civilization in Southwest Asia
The Emergence of Egyptian Civilizations
The Transformation of Europe
Conclusion: Civilization and the West
Justice in History: Gods and Kings in Mesopotamian Justice
The International Bronze Age and its Aftermath: Trade, Empire, and Diplomacy, 1600-550 BCE
Civilization of the Nile: The Egyptian Empire
Civilizations of Anatolia and Mesopotamia: The Hittite, Assyrian, and Babylonian Empires
The Civilizations of the Mediterranean: The Minoans and the Mycenaeans
The End of the International Bronze Age and its Aftermath
Conclusion: The International Bronze Age and the Emergence of the West
Justice in History: Egyptian Tomb Robbers on Trial
Persians, Hebrews, and Greeks: The Foundations of Western Culture, 1100-336 BCE
Persia: An Empire on Three Continents
Hebrew Civilization and Religions
Greece Rebuilds, 1100-479 BCE
The Classical Age of Greece, 479-336 BCE
Conclusions: Classical Foundations of the West
Justice in History: The Trial and Execution of Socrates the Questioner
Encounters and Transformations: The Alphabet and Writing in Greece
The Hellenistic World and the Roman Republic, 336-31 BCE
The Warlike Kingdom of Macedon
Hellenistic Society and Culture
Rome's Rise to Power
Beginnings of the Roman Revolution
Conclusion: Defining the West in the Hellenistic Age
Justice in History: A Corrupt Roman Governor Is Convicted of Extortion
The Human Body in History: Aphrodite of Melos: The Hellenistic Portrayal of the Perfect Female
Enclosing the West: The Early Roman Empire and Its Neighbors: 31 BCE-235 CE
The Imperial Center
Life in the Roman Provinces: Assimilation, Resistance and Romanization
The Frontier and Beyond
Society and Culture in an Imperial Age
Conclusion: Rome Shapes the West
Justice in History: The Trial of Jesus in Historical Perspective
Encounters and Transformations: The Roman City: Agents of Cultural Transformation
Late Antiquity: The Age of New Boundaries, 250-600
Crisis and Recovery in the Third Century
Christianizing the Empire
New Christian Communities and Identities
The Break-Up of the Roman Empire
Conclusion: The Age of New Boundaries
Justice in History: Two Martyrdoms: Culture and Religion on Trial
The Human Body in History: The Ascetic Alternative
Medieval Empires and Borderlands: Byzantium and Islam
Byzantium: The Survival of the Roman Empire
The New World of Islam
Conclusion: Three Cultural Realms
Justice in History: Judgment Belongs to God Alon;: The Battle and Arbitration at Siffin
Encounters and Transformations: Ships of the Desert: Camels from Morocco to Central Asia
Medieval Empires and Borderlands: The Latin West
The Birth of Latin Christendom
The Carolingians
Invasions and Recovery in the Latin West
The West in the East: The Crusades
Conclusion: An Emerging Unity in the Latin West
Justice in History: Revealing the Truth: Oaths and Ordeals
Encounters and Transformations: Roland the El Cid
Medieval Civilization: The Rise of Western Europe
Two Worlds: Manors and Cities
The Consolidation of Roman Catholicism
Strengthening the Center of the West
Medieval Culture: The Search for Understanding
Conclusion: Asserting Western Culture
Justice in History: Inquiring into Heresy: The Inquisition of Montaillou
The Human Body in History: A Tale of Two Marys
The Medieval West in Crisis
A Time of Death
A Cold Wind from the East
Economic Depression and Social Turmoil
An Age of Warfare
A Troubled Church and the Demand for Religious Comfort
The Culture of Loss
Conclusion: Looking Inward
Justice in History: The Trial of Joan of Arc
The Human Body in History: The Black Death: The Signs of Disease
The Italian Renaissance and Beyond: The Politics of Culture
The Cradle of the Renaissance: The Italian City-States
The Influence of Ancient Culture
Antiquity and Nature in the Arts
The Early Modern European State System
Conclusion: The Politics of Culture
Justice in History: Revenge as Private Justice
The Human Body in History: The Natural and the Ideal Body in Renaissance Art
The West and the World: The Significance of Global Encounters, 1450-1650
Europeans in Africa
Europeans in the Americas
Europeans in Asia
The Beginnings of the Global System
Conclusion: The Significance of the Global Encounters
Justice in History: The Difficulties of a Transatlantic Marriage
Encounters and Transformations: Between Indian and Christian: Creating Hybrid Religion in Mexico
The Reformation of Religion
Causes of the Reformation
The Lutheran Reformation
The Diversity of Protestantism
The Catholic Reformation
The Reformation of the Arts
Conclusion: Competing Understandings
Justice in History: The Trial of Anne Boleyn: The Dynastic Crime
The Human Body in History: The Ecstasy of St. Teresa of Avila: The Body and the Soul
The Age of Confessional Division
The Peoples of Early Modern Europe
Disciplining the People
The Confessional States
States and Confessions in Eastern Europe
Conclusion: The Divisions of the West
Justice in History: The Spanish Auto da Fe: The Power of Penance
Encounters and Transformations: The Introduction of the Table Fork: The New Sign of Western Civilization
Absolutism and State-Building in Europe, 1618-1715
The Nature of Absolutism
The Absolutist State in France and Spain
Absolutism and State Building in Central and Eastern Europe
Resistance to Absolutism in England and the Dutch Republic
Conclusion: The Western State in the Age of Absolutism
Justice in History: The Trial of Charles I
Encounters and Transformations: St. Petersburg and the West
The Scientific Revolution
The Discoveries and Achievements of the Scientific Revolution
The Search for Scientific Knowledge
The Causes of the Scientific Revolution
The Intellectual Effects of the Scientific Revolution
Humans and the Natural World
Conclusion: Science and Western Culture
Justice in History: The Trial of Galileo
The Human Body in History: Dissecting the Human Corpse
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