Higher Education

Western Civilization: Volume A: To 1500, 9th Edition

  • Jackson J. Spielvogel The Pennsylvania State University
  • ISBN-10: 128543658X  |  ISBN-13: 9781285436586
  • 448 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2012, 2009, 2006
  • © 2015 | Published
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About

Overview

Best-selling author Jackson Spielvogel has helped over one million students learn about the present by exploring the past. Spielvogel's engaging narrative weaves the political, economic, social, religious, intellectual, cultural, and military aspects of history into a gripping story that is as memorable as it is instructive. WESTERN CIVILIZATION includes 155 maps and excerpts of more than 250 primary sources that enliven the past while introducing students to the source material of historical scholarship. Additionally, the text is illustrated with 430 photographs that add visual context. A variety of pedagogical tools, including features on relevant films and end-of-chapter study aids, make this edition accessible to any learning style. Available in the following split options: WESTERN CIVILIZATION, Ninth Edition (Chapters 1-30), ISBN: 9781285436401; Volume I: To 1715 (Chapters 1-16), ISBN: 978-1-285-43648-7; Volume II: Since 1500 (Chapters 13-30), ISBN: 978-1-285-43655-5; Volume A: To 1500 (Chapters 1-12), ISBN: 978-1-285-43658-6; Volume B: 1300 to 1815 (Chapters 11-19), ISBN: 978-1-285-43661-6; Volume C: Since 1789 (Chapters 19-30), ISBN: 978-1-285-43662-3; Alternate Volume: Since 1300 (Chapters 11-30), ISBN: 978-1-285-43668-5.

Features and Benefits

  • “Opposing Viewpoints” features, which present a comparison of two or three primary sources in order to facilitate student analysis of historical documents, appear in every chapter. Topics include “The Great Flood: Two Versions” (Ch. 1, new); “Lords, Vassals, and Samurai in Europe and Japan”(Ch. 8, new).
  • “Images of Everyday Life” features, which combine two or more illustrations with a lengthy caption to provide insight into different aspects of social life, can be found in eighteen chapters. New topics include “Children in the Roman World” (Ch. 6), and “Family and Marriage in Renaissance Italy” (Ch. 12).
  • “Film and History” features, which present a brief analysis of a film's plot as well as the historical significance, value, and accuracy, appear in eighteen chapters. Featured films include “300” (Ch. 3), and “The Lion in Winter” (Ch. 10).
  • End-of-chapter review material includes an illustrated Chapter Summary, a Chapter Timeline, and Chapter Review consisting of “Upon Reflection” essay questions and Key Terms lists from the chapter.
  • The text offers global perspectives and connections. Examples include: the importance of trade in Constantinople, with a quote comparing it to Bagdad as a cosmopolitan center (Ch. 7); an “Opposing Viewpoints” comparing feudalistic societies in Europe and Japan (Ch. 8); and discussion on the spread of the plague through China, the Middle East, and Europe (Ch. 11).
  • Spielvogel provides a focused, consistent narrative throughout the text. The author is an award-winning teacher and scholar whose clear, lively, and informative writing style has made this text so successful with students. Numerous testimonials state that a primary reason professors use this text is because their students can read and understand it at schools that range from Ivy League universities to two-year technical colleges.
  • Primary documents-letters, memoirs, song lyrics, official documents, diary entries, menus, poetry, plays, and the like-give students access to the kinds of materials historians use to create their interpretations of the past. Students encounter such varied sources as a Renaissance banquet menu, a student fight song in nineteenth-century Britain, letters exchanged between a woman and her fiancé in World War I, and a debate in the Reformation era. All these sources reveal in vivid fashion what Western civilization meant to the individual men and women who shaped it.
  • Maps are interspersed throughout the text, including an average of three “spot maps” in each chapter. These resources provide critical details on smaller areas not apparent in the larger maps. All maps include captions and map questions to encourage readers to make connections across eras, regions, and concepts.

Table of Contents

1. The Ancient Near East: The First Civilizations.
2. The Ancient Near East: Peoples and Empires.
3. The Civilization of the Greeks.
4. The Hellenistic World.
5. The Roman Republic.
6. The Roman Empire.
7. Late Antiquity and the Emergence of the Medieval World.
8. European Civilization in the Early Middle Ages, 750–1000.
9. The Recovery and Growth of European Society in the High Middle Ages.
10. The Rise of Kingdoms and the Growth of Church Power.
11. The Later Middle Ages: Crisis and Disintegration in the Fourteenth Century.
12. Recovery and Rebirth: The Age of the Renaissance.

What's New

  • New “Connections to Today” questions at the beginning of chapters help students appreciate the relevance of history by asking them to draw connections between the past and present.
  • New historiographical subsections briefly examine how and why historians differ in their interpretation of specific topics. Examples include: “Was There a United Kingdom of Israel?” (Ch. 2); and “Was There a Renaissance for Women?” (Ch. 12).
  • New primary source excerpts are included in document boxes and in “Opposing Viewpoints” features. New examples include: “The Great Flood: Two Versions” (Ch. 1); “Goliardic Poetry: The Archpoet” (Ch. 9); and “A Liberated Woman in the Fourteenth Century” (Ch. 11).
  • New and revised coverage of gender history includes new material on women in Sparta (Ch. 3), women in the Hellenistic world (Ch. 4); the labor of women in the Frankish society (Ch. 7); women in Byzantium, the Slavic World, and the world of Islam (Ch. 8); and the roles of peasant women and women in medieval cities (Ch. 9). Also new: a historiographical subsection, and “Was There a Renaissance for Women?” (Ch. 12).
  • New and revised material keeps the text up to date with recent historical scholarship. Examples include new material on: Amenhotep II, Amenhotep III, and health care in ancient Egypt (Ch. 1); helots and women in Sparta, sports and violence in ancient Greece and background of Themistocles (Ch. 3); women in the Hellenistic world (Ch. 4); and the origins of the Etruscans, and Julius Caesar and Cleopatra VII (Ch. 5).
  • New content includes a new section, “Art and the Black Death” (Ch. 11).
  • New topics for “Images of Everyday Life” features include: “Children in the Roman World” (Ch. 6), and “Family and Marriage in Renaissance Italy” (Ch. 12).
  • New “Film & History” features examine the historical relevance and accuracy of “Vision” (Ch. 10).

Learning Resource Bundles

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Bundle: Text, Vol A + Aplia Printed Access Card

ISBN-10: 1305137930  | ISBN-13: 9781305137936

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  • Western Civilization: Volume A: To 1500
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  • Aplia™, 1 term Printed Access Card, Vol A
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Bundle: Text, Vol A + MindTap® History Printed Access Card

ISBN-10:  1305432487 | ISBN-13:  9781305432482

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  • Western Civilization: Volume A: To 1500
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  • MindTap® History, 1 term (6 months) Printed Access Card, Vol I
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Supplements

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Instructor Supplements

Aplia™, 1 term Instant Access, Vol A  (ISBN-10: 1285735803 | ISBN-13: 9781285735801)

Easy to use, affordable, and effective, Aplia™ helps students learn and saves you time. It's like a virtual teaching assistant! Aplia helps you have more productive classes by providing assignments that get students thinking critically, reading assigned material, and understanding basic concepts-all before coming to class. Interactive tutorials help students improve map and writing skills. Visually engaging maps and primary sources help capture students' attention, and an automatically included eBook provides convenient access. Go to www.aplia.com/history to view a demo.

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LMS Integrated for Aplia™, 1 term Instant Access, Vol A  (ISBN-10: 128586820X | ISBN-13: 9781285868202)

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CourseReader 0-30: Western Civilization Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 1111475555 | ISBN-13: 9781111475550)

COURSEREADER: WESTERN CIVILIZATION is Cengage Learning’s easy, affordable way to build your own online customizable reader. Through a partnership with Gale, COURSEREADER: WESTERN CIVILIZATION searches thousands of primary and secondary sources, readings, and audio and video clips from multiple disciplines. Select exactly and only the material you want your students to work with. Each selection can be listened to (using the “Listen” button), to accommodate varied learning styles. Additionally, an instructor can choose to add her own notes to readings, to direct students’ attention or ask them questions about a particular passage. Each primary source is accompanied by an introduction, and questions to help students understand the reading. COURSEREADER: WESTERN CIVILIZATION is the perfect complement to any class.

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Aplia™, 1 term Instant Access, Vol A  (ISBN-10: 1285735803 | ISBN-13: 9781285735801)

Easy to use, affordable, and convenient, Aplia™ helps you learn more and improve your grade in the course. Through interactive assignments you can better understand the essential concepts of history as well as improve your map reading and writing skills. Aplia helps prepare you to be more involved in class by strengthening your critical thinking skills, reinforcing what you need to know, and helping you understand why it all matters. For your studying convenience, Aplia includes an eBook, accessible right next to your assignments. Get instant access via CengageBrain or via a printed access card in your bookstore. Visit www.cengagebrain.com for more information. Aplia should be used only when assigned by your instructor as part of your course.

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LMS Integrated for Aplia™, 1 term Instant Access, Vol A  (ISBN-10: 128586820X | ISBN-13: 9781285868202)

Cengage Learning provides Learning Management System (LMS) integration with our MindLinks service. This service is designed to deliver an optimal user experience through the learning management system (LMS) already used by the institution – facilitating learning retention and contributing to better learner outcomes. Our collaboration with LMS industry leaders helps drive advanced features like gradebook integration, while the fluid pedagogical design contributes to more teachable moments.

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CourseReader 0-30: Western Civilization Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 1111475555 | ISBN-13: 9781111475550)

Easy-to-use and affordable access to readings, audio, and video selections for your courses with this customized online reader. COURSEREADER: WESTERN CIVILIZATION helps you to stay organized and facilitates convenient access to course material, no matter where you are.

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Jackson J. Spielvogel

Jackson J. Spielvogel is Associate Professor Emeritus of History at The Pennsylvania State University. He received his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University, where he specialized in Reformation history under Harold J. Grimm. His articles and reviews have appeared in journals such as Moreana, Journal of General Education, Catholic Historical Review, Archiv für Reformationsgeschichte, and American Historical Review. He also has contributed chapters or articles to THE SOCIAL HISTORY OF THE REFORMATION, THE HOLY ROMAN EMPIRE: A DICTIONARY HANDBOOK, the SIMON WIESENTHAL CENTER ANNUAL OF HOLOCAUST STUDIES, and UTOPIAN STUDIES. His work has been supported by fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation and the Foundation for Reformation Research. At Penn State, he helped inaugurate the Western Civilization course, as well as a popular course on Nazi Germany. His book HITLER AND NAZI GERMANY was published in 1987 (7th Edition, 2014). He is the author of WESTERN CIVILIZATION, first published in 1991 (10th Edition, 2017), and the coauthor (with William Duiker) of WORLD HISTORY, first published in 1994 (8th Edition, 2016). Professor Spielvogel has won five major university-wide teaching awards. During the year 1988−1989, he held the Penn State Teaching Fellowship, the university's most prestigious teaching award. In 1996, he won the Dean Arthur Ray Warnock Award for Outstanding Faculty member, and in 2000 received the Schreyer Honors College Excellence in Teaching Award.