Western Civilization Beyond Boundaries

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  • Edition: 5th
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2007-01-10
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
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Western Civilization,5/e, is distinguished for its wider definition of Europe that includes Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, and European frontiers. Recognizing that factors outside the continent affected European history, the authors highlight Europe's place in the world throughout the narrative and in the primary source feature, "The Global Record." Carefully revised and edited for greater accessibility, the Fifth Edition incorporates new pedagogical features such as focus questions, key terms, and section summaries to better support students of western civilization. The reconceived narrative and streamlined organization--featuring smaller, more cohesive learning units--lend to greater ease of use for both students and instructors. New!To promote active reading and comprehension,Focus Questionsopen each chapter and appear as section heads. These questions are answered in the chapter summary. New!Each chapter opens with a set ofKey Terms,which appear in boldface along with definitions in the margins. These terms appear again at the end of the chapter with page references. New!Key information and events appear in bulletedSection Summariesfor quick and clear presentation. New!Web icons throughout the chapter direct students to the Online Study Center for ACE practice tests, interactive maps, primary sources, flashcards, and web activities. Revised!End-of-chapter material serves as a helpful review tool for students:Looking Aheadsections prepare students for events to come in the next chapter, whileSuggested ReadingsandNotesround out the material. Updated!Scholarship has been thoroughly revised throughout, and approximately one-third of the boxed features in this edition are new. The final chapter has been entirely rewritten to reflect current events, such as America's response to global terrorism and the state of religious identities, family life, and gender roles.

Table of Contents

Preliminary Contents
The Ancestors of the West Origins, to ca. 3000 B.C. Mesopotamia, to ca. 1600 B.C. Egypt, to ca. 1100 B.C. Widening Horizons: The Levant and Anatolia, 2500–1150 B.C. The Written Record: Heroism and Death in Mesopotamia The Global Record: Peace and Brotherhood The Visual Record: The Iceman and His World
The Sword, the Book, and the Myths: Western Asia and Early Greece Assyrians, Neo-Babylonians, and Persians, ca. 1200–330 B.C. Israel, ca. 1500–400 B.C. Early Greece, to ca. 725 B.C. The Written Record: Ruth The Global Record: The Subject Peoples of a Multicultural Empire The Visual Record: The Trojan War
The Age of the Polis in Greece ca. 750–350 B.C. Society and Politics in Archaic Greece, ca. 750–500 B.C. The Culture of Archaic Greece Classical Greece The Public Culture of Classical Greece The Written Record: Spartan Women The Global Record: The Enemy as Barbarian The Visual Record: The Parthenon
Alexander the Great and the Spread of Greek Civilization ca. 350–30 B.C. Philip and Alexander The Hellenistic Kingdoms, 323–30 B.C. Alexandrian Culture The Turn Inward: New Philosophies, New Faiths The Written Record: Virtues and Vices of Alexander the Great The Global Record: Egyptians Versus Greeks in a Temple The Visual Record: Images of Cleopatra
Rome, from Republic to Empire Before the Republic, 753–509 B.C. The Early And Middle Republic at Home, ca. 509–133 B.C. The Early And Middle Republic Abroad, ca. 509–133 B.C. The Late Republic And Its Collapse, 133–31 B.C. The Written Record: Spartacus's Slave Revolt The Global Record: Caesar on the Gauls The Visual Record: From Poseidonia to Paestum
Imperial Rome, 31 B.C.–A.D. 284 Augustus and the Principate, 31 B.C.–A.D. 68 The Roman Peace and Its Collapse, A.D. 69–284 Early Christianity The Written Record: Nero and His Mother The Global Record: Syria Between Rome and Persia The Visual Record: Gladiators
The World of Late Antiquity, 284–ca.600 Rebuilding the Roman Empire, 284–395 The Catholic Church and the Roman Empire, 313–604 The Rise of Germanic Kingdoms in the West, ca. 370–530 The Roman Empire in the East, 395–565 Society and Culture in Late Antiquity The Written Record: Two Views of the Huns The Global Record: Christianity Arrives in Nubia The Visual Record: The Ravenna Mosaics
Early Medieval Civilizations, 600–900 The Islamic East The Byzantine Empire Catholic Kingdoms in the West The Carolingian Empire Early Medieval Economies and Societies The Written Record: The Message of the Quran The Global Record: "Persian" Visitors to the Court of Charlemagne The Visual Record: Icons
The Expansion of Europe in the High Middle Ages 900–1300 Economic Expansion The Heirs of the Carolingian Empire: Germany, Italy, and France The British Isles The Growth of New States The Crusades The Written Record: The Issues in the Investiture Controversy The Global Record: The Mongol Khan Writes to the Pope The Visual Record: The Medieval Castle
Medieval Civilization at Its Height, 900–1300 The Traditional Orders of Society Social and Religious Movements, ca. 1100–1300 Latin Culture: From Schools to Universities The Vernacular Achievement The Written Record: Women and Medicine in Twelfth-Century Salerno The Global Record:
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