The West A Narrative History, Volume 2: 1400 to the Present

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  • Copyright: 2008-08-05
  • Publisher: Pearson
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The West: a Narrative Historyis a unique text in its field, as it was conceived and developed as a brief introduction to the history of theWest. It is not a reduced version of a larger study, but a fully realized project in its own right. It defines theWestin its broadest terms, encompassing all of the varied cultures that trace at least some of their ancestry to the ancient Mediterranean world. In addition, it consistently reminds its readers of the links between the people who have come to define theWestand those in other regions of the world

Author Biography

A. Daniel Frankforter is Professor of History at the Pennsylvania State University, where he has taught for nearly four decades.  His undergraduate work was in the history of ideas and philosophy at Franklin and Marshall College.  He earned a Master of Divinity degree from Drew University, did graduate work at Columbia University and the University of Göttingen and completed master’s and doctoral degrees in medieval history and religious studies at Penn State.  His research has focused on the medieval English Church and on the evolving role of European women throughout the medieval period.  Articles on these topics have appeared in such journals as Manuscripta, Church History, The British Studies Monitor, The Catholic Historical Review, The American Benedictine Review, The International Journal of Women’s Studies, and The Journal of Women’s History.  His books include: A History of the Christian Movement: An Essay on the Development of Christian Institutions, Civilization and Survival, The Shakespeare Name Dictionary (with J. Madison Davis), The Medieval Millennium: An Introduction, The Western Heritage, Brief Edition (with Donald Kagan, Stephen Ozment, and Frank Turner), The Heritage of World Civilizations, brief third edition (with Albert Craig, William Graham, Donald Kagan, Stephen Ozment, and Frank Turner), an edition and translation of Poullain de la Barre’s De L’Égalité des deux Sexes, and Stones for Bread: A Critique of Contemporary Worship.  Over the course of his career he has developed 15 courses dealing with aspects of the ancient and medieval periods of Western civilization, Judeo-Christian studies, and gender issues.  His work in the classroom has been acknowledged by the Penn State Behrend Excellence in Teaching Award and the prestigious Amoco Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching Performance.



William M. Spellman is the Dean of Humanities at the University of North Carolina, Asheville.  He is a graduate of Suffolk University, Boston, and holds the Ph.D. from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.  He is the author of John Locke and the Problem of Depravity (Oxford, 1988); The Latitudinarians and the Church of England, 1660-1700 (Georgia, 1993); John Locke (Macmillan, 1995); European Political Thought, 1600-1700 (Macmillan, 1997); Monarchies, 1000-2000 (Reaktion Press, 2000); Extraordinary Women of the Medieval and Renaissance World (Greenwood Press, 2000) co-authored with Carole Levin, et. al.; The Global Community: Migration and the Making of the Modern World, 1500-2000 (Sutton, 2002); A Concise History of the World Since 1945 (Palgrave, 2006); and Migration and the Nation State (Reaktion Press, forthcoming).


Table of Contents

The West: Culture and Ideas, Volume II
The Revolutionary Impulse
The Early Modern State
Larger Issue
How do political systems reflect the structure of social and economic life?
Society in Early Modern Europe
Forging Centralized States
Absolutism in France
Constitutionalism in England
Wars of Empire and Global Markets
Central and Eastern Europe
Europes Declining Powers
New World Views: Europes Scientific Revolution
Larger Issue
How does the study of the natural world influence religious belief and the understanding of truth?
The Medieval World View
Anticipating the New Science
New Directions in Astronomy and Physics
New Approaches to Truth
Theory and Application
Politics as Science
Science as Religion
Superstition and Its Victims
The Age of Enlightenment
Rationalism and its Uses
Larger Issue
How do people construct ideas of progress?
Critiquing the Traditional Way of Life
Formulas for Improving Material Conditions
Enlightened Despots
Critiquing the Enlightenment
The Arts in the Age of Reason
Rebellion and Revolution: American Independence and the French Revolution
Larger Issue: Can political change occur without social and economic upheaval?
America Rejects Europe
Revolution in France
Napoleon Bonaparte and the Export of Revolution, 17991815
The French Revolution and the Americas
Europe Triumphant 1815-1914
Industry, Society, and Environment
Larger Issue: How do technology and urbanization influences the relationship between humans and nature?
From Rural to Urban Lifestyles in Europe
Agriculture, Demographics, and Labor
Innovations in Production
The Social Consequences of Industrialization
Industry, the State, and Global Power
The Age of Ideology in Western Europe
Larger Issue: What leads people to challenge conventional ideas and practices?
The Congress System and the Conservative Agenda
Ideological Ferment
The Revolutions of 1848
Britain and Reform
The Romantic Movement
Utilitarianism and Utopian Socialism
The Marxist Challenge
The Consolidation of Nation States
Larger Issue: Is nationalism a constructive force in the modern age?
Italian Unification
The Creation of Modern Germany
Constitutional Change in France and Britain
The Waning of the Habsburg, Russian, and Ottoman Empires
The United States and Western Europe
Nationalism and Race
Global Empire and European Culture
Larger Issue: How does the projection of power reflect wider cultural values?
The New Imperialism: Motives and Methods
The Scramble for Empire: Africa
The Scramble for Empire: South and East Asia
The Legacy of Empire
Imperialism, Intellectual Controversy, and European Culture
Transformation in the Arts
Europe in Crisis 1914-1945
World War I: The End of Enlightenment
Larger Issue: Are nation states inherently adversarial?
The Alliance System
The Experience of Modern Warfare
The Eastern Front and Europes Empire
Naval War and American Entry
The Impact of Total War at Home
Bolshevik Revolution in Russia
Peace Settlement and European Consciou
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