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The ninth edition of CULTURE AND VALUES: A SURVEY OF THE HUMANITIES introduces students to the history of humankind through the lens of the humanities -- language and literature, art and architecture, music, philosophy, and religion -- from the dawn of civilization to the contemporary world. CULTURE AND VALUES encourages students to place their own backgrounds and beliefs in context and consider how understanding both their own and other heritages contributes to becoming a citizen of the world in the 21st century. Coauthor Lois Fichner-Rathus continues to bring her pedagogical expertise, clear conversational style, and love of teaching to this beautifully written and illustrated book. New and revised features encourage students to draw comparisons and connections as well as engage their critical thinking skills. Chapter previews, timelines, glossaries, and “Big Picture” reviews provide consistent pedagogical support throughout the text to help students master the material.
- NEW Chapter 16, Cultural Centers of the Americas, provides comprehensive coverage of various cultures of North, Central, and South America, from the Olmec civilization to the Post-Columbian period.
- NEW Available in MindTap, the online version of the text contains links via Questia to the full versions of the majority of literary excerpts discussed in the text.
- NEW Culture & Society features highlight relationships between cultural and social developments, both ancient and modern. An example featured topic is the “Maya Ball Game” and how the Mesoamerican “sport” connected with Mayan beliefs concerning life, death, resurrection, and transformation.
- NEW Connections features draw parallels between works of art and literature, relay contemporary responses to ancient events, and offer engaging new perspectives on cultural figures and monuments. An example featured discussion on action painting draws parallels between Japanese artist Kazuo Shiraga’s painting with his feet and Jackson Pollock’s method of drip painting.
- NEW Religion features present essential aspects and tenets of belief systems past and present in clear and easy-to-locate places throughout the text.
- NEW Spotify playlists provide access to the music selections discussed by the authors. GO LISTEN icons in the text point students to all music selections.
- NEW Numerous new artworks and illustrations throughout enliven the text and engage students.
- Coverage includes non-Western traditions in the humanities, including ancient South Asia, China, Japan, and Latin America, as well as an entire chapter on Islamic art.
- The timeline at the beginning of each chapter includes a listing of key events, providing students with historical context for the culture and values that developed and emerged during the period and location covered in the chapter.
- Compare + Contrast features, along with the new Culture & Society and Connections features, promote students’ critical thinking skills and encourage them to consider the larger context in which works were created.
- End of chapter glossaries help students master the material by providing an easy way to access and review key terms and their meanings.
- A comprehensive set of digital resources, available via MindTap and compatible with most LMS platforms, includes a host of resources and tools for both your course and your students. MindTap resources include an interactive e-book with zoomable images; links to related videos and Google Map locations; links to full versions of the literary works excerpted in the text; flashcards; quizzes; resources for research and writing; a downloadable note-taking guide with all chapter images for each chapter; streaming music; and more.
- Resources for instructors include chapter PowerPoint presentations; a comprehensive Testbank; an Instructor’s Manual with discussion prompts and activity ideas; and a flash drive containing high-resolution image files of all images in the text.
- CULTURE AND VALUES is available as a bundled package containing Volumes I and II or as two volumes split at the Renaissance. Volume I includes Chapters 1-13 (up to and including the High Renaissance); Volume II includes Chapters 13-23 (the High Renaissance to the 21st Century).
- NEW Introductions -- both to the text itself and to the Voices feature -- are available in the MindTap version of the book.
- CULTURE AND VALUES features provide a well-balanced blend of art, literature, philosophy, and music for every major culture and historical period -- all presented in a clear, conversational style.
14. The High Renaissance in Northern Europe and Spain.
15. The Seventeenth Century.
16. Cultural Centers of the Americas. NEW CHAPTER.
17. South Asia, China, and Japan: From Medieval to Modern Times.
19. The Eighteenth Century.
20. Europe and America: 1800 to 1870.
21. Toward the Modern Era: 1870 to 1914.
22. The World at War: 1914 to 1945.
23. The Contemporary Contour.
“Culture and Values represents the best scholarship of any of the humanities texts. Each sentence hints at volumes of scholarship.”
“The text is great in that it covers everything, which allows the professors to focus on just a few eras or all of them.”