Higher Education

The Humanities in the Western Tradition: Idea and Aesthetics, Volume II: Renaissance to Present, 1st Edition

  • Marvin Perry Baruch College, City University of New York
  • J. Wayne Baker The University of Akron
  • Pamela Pfeiffer Hollinger The University of Akron
  • ISBN-10: 0395848121  |  ISBN-13: 9780395848128
  • 464 Pages
  • © 2003 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $157.50



This book focuses on the historical component of the Humanities course, with an emphasis on intellectual history. It pays close attention to the lives of individuals, highlighting the human aspect of great artists and thinkers. An abundance of biographical information allows students to see these figures as real people with concrete motivations for creating great historical works. The text contains a number of pedagogical features, which are especially helpful for students who have no background in humanities.

Table of Contents

III. The Early Modern West: From the Renaissance to the Enlightenment
13. The Italian Renaissance: Transition to the Modern Age
The Break with the Middle Ages
Renaissance Thought and Literature
Italian Renaissance Art
14. The Northern Renaissance and Reformation: Early Humanism and the Rise of Protestantism
Early Northern Humanism
The Protestant Reformation
15. Later Humanism, Art, and Music
Art of Northern Europe
Later Italian Art
16. The Age of the Baroque in Literature, Art, and Music
17. The Scientific Revolution and the Enlightenment: Intellectual Transformations
The Medieval View of the Universe
A New View of Nature
The Age of Enlightenment: Affirmation of Reason and Freedom
18. The Arts in the Age of Enlightenment
English Literature
French Literature
IV. The Modern West: From Classicism to Modernism
19. The Arts in the Era of the French Revolution
The French Revolution and Napoleon
Classical Music
20. Age of Romanticism: A New Cultural Orientation
The Rise of Ideologies
The Romantic Revolt Against the Enlightenment
Goethe and German Romanticism
English Romantic Poetry
The Novel in the Age of Romanticism
Creating a Truly American Literature
Romantic Art
Romantic Music
21.Thought and Literature in an Age of Science and Industrialism: Realism, Secularism, and Reform
The Historical Setting
Currents of Thought
European Literature
American Literature
22. Realism, Impressionism, and Later Romanticism in Art and Music
Realism in Art
Later Romanticism in Music
23. Modern Consciousness: New Views of Nature and Human Nature
Politics and Society
Currents of Thought
The Modernist Movement
Modernist Literature
Modern Art
Modernism in Music
V. Modernism and Beyond
24. World War I and Its Aftermath: The Lost Generation and the Jazz Age
World War I and the Russian Revolution
25. The Era of Totalitarianism and World War II: Descent into the Abyss
Western Civilization in Crisis
26. The Contemporary Age
A New Europe and a New World


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Instructor Supplements

Audio CD-ROM, Vol. II  (ISBN-10: 039588781X | ISBN-13: 9780395887813)

These CDs feature music discussed in the text. Instructors can use them in the classroom and students may purchase the CDs for use outside the classroom as well.

Student Supplements

Audio CD-ROM, Vol. II  (ISBN-10: 039588781X | ISBN-13: 9780395887813)

These CDs feature music discussed in the text. Instructors can use them in the classroom and students may purchase the CDs for use outside the classroom as well.

List Price = $31.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $24.00

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Marvin Perry

Marvin Perry, now retired, taught history at Baruch College, City University of New York. He has published several successful Cengage Learning texts, including WESTERN CIVILIZATION: IDEAS, POLITICS, AND SOCIETY (senior author and general editor); WESTERN CIVILIZATION: A BRIEF HISTORY; the leading Western Civilization reader, SOURCES OF THE WESTERN TRADITION; AN INTELLECTUAL HISTORY OF MODERN EUROPE; SOURCES OF EUROPEAN HISTORY SINCE 1900 (senior editor); HUMANITIES IN THE WESTERN TRADITION (senior author and general editor); and WORLD WAR II IN EUROPE: A CONCISE HISTORY. His scholarly work includes ARNOLD TOYNBEE AND THE WESTERN TRADITION (1996); coauthor of ANTISEMITISM: MYTH AND HATE FROM ANTIQUITY TO THE PRESENT (2002); coeditor of ANTISEMITIC MYTHS: A HISTORICAL AND CONTEMPORARY ANTHOLOGY (2008); and coeditor of THE THEORY AND PRACTICE OF ISLAMIC TERRORISM: AN ANTHOLOGY (2008). Dr. Perry's scholarly work focuses on the history of ideas.

J. Wayne Baker

J. Wayne Baker holds a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa and taught in the history department of The University of Akron from 1968 until his retirement in 2000. From 1990 to 1999, he was director of the Humanities in the Western Tradition course at Akron. His scholarly research focuses on the works of Heinrich Bullinger and John Calvin. He has published two monographs and co-edited a book, as well as many journal articles and book reviews.

Pamela Pfeiffer Hollinger

Pamela Pfeiffer Hollinger taught in the Humanities course at The University of Akron for over 18 years before moving into administration there. For this text, she has authored the material on music and dance and co-authored the literature and art material. Her background in multimedia has made her a valuable resource in developing the text's ancillary program.