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Cengage Advantage Books: Western Civilization: Beyond Boundaries, Volume I, 7th Edition

  • Thomas F. X. Noble University of Notre Dame
  • Barry S. Strauss Cornell University
  • Duane J. Osheim University of Virginia
  • Kristen B. Neuschel Duke University
  • Elinor Accampo University of Southern California
  • David D. Roberts University of Georgia
  • William B. Cohen Late of Indiana University
  • ISBN-10: 1133610137  |  ISBN-13: 9781133610137
  • 592 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2011, 2009, 2006
  • © 2014 | Published
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Developed to meet the demand for a low-cost, high-quality history book, this text is an economically priced version of WESTERN CIVILIZATION: BEYOND BOUNDARIES, 7e. The Advantage Edition offers the high level of scholarship and engaging narrative of the full text, while limiting the number of features, images, and maps. Each volume is packaged in a paperback, two-color format that appeals to those seeking a comprehensive, trade-sized history text. Like its full-length counterpart, the Advantage Edition of WESTERN CIVILIZATION encompasses the full social and political story of Western Civilization within a wider definition of Europe that includes Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, and European frontiers. The text emphasizes Europe's interaction with the world and encourages students to question why and how history unfolded as it did. Available in the following split options: CENGAGE ADVANTAGE BOOKS: WESTERN CIVILIZATION: BEYOND BOUNDARIES, SEVENTH Edition (Chapters 1-30), ISBN: 9781133610120; Volume I: To 1715 (Chapters 1-17), ISBN: 978113361013; Volume II: Since 1560 (Chapters 15-30), ISBN: 9781133610151.

Features and Benefits

  • The book contains numerous two-color maps and pieces of artwork throughout. Map captions encourage readers to think beyond the mere appearance of each map and to make connections across chapters, regions, and concepts.
  • Every chapter includes one these three unique feature boxes to help engage students with the key material: "The Written Record" contains a significant document – a primary or secondary source - relevant to the text materials then under discussion, and each box also includes a careful introduction and critical thinking questions. "The Global Record" presents a significant document that sets some aspect of Western Civilization within the global perspective. "The Visual Record" focuses on visual evidence and feature a discussion of the visual sources as well as helpful critical thinking questions.
  • Each chapter begins with an opening photo and corresponding vignette to draw students in, and ends with a chronology table, "Important Events", to help them keep track of key events in context.

Table of Contents

1. The Ancestors of the West.
2. The Ship, the Sword, and the Book: Western Asia ca. 1500–400 B.C.
3. The Greeks in the Polis to ca. 350 B.C.
4. Alexander the Great and the Spread of Greek Civilization, ca. 350–30 B.C.
5. Rome, from Republic to Empire.
6. Imperial Rome, 31 B.C.–A.D. 284.
7. The World of Late Antiquity, 284–ca. 600.
8. Early Medieval Civilizations, 600–900.
9. The Expansion of Europe in the High Middle Ages, 900–1300.
10. Medieval Civilization at Its Height, 900–1300.
11. Crisis and Recovery in Late Medieval Europe, 1300–1500.
12. The Renaissance.
13. European Overseas Expansion to 1600.
14. The Age of the Reformation.
15. Europe in the Age of Religious Wars, 1560–1648.
16. Europe in the Age of Louis XIV, ca. 1640–1715.
17. A Revolution in Worldview.

What's New

  • Scholarship has been thoroughly revised throughout, and now includes 30 boxed features (one in each chapter). The final chapter has been entirely rewritten to reflect current events, includes a new chapter-opening photo and vignette on the European Union debt crisis and the protests in Greece.
  • New and revised "The Global Record" feature boxes include "Crossing Borders, for Better and Worse" (Chapter 1), "Cosmas Indicopleustes Finds Christians in Asia" (Chapter 7), "Ahmad ibn Fadlan Describes the Rus" (Chapter 9), "Dutch Colonies in the Americas: the Challenges of a Trading Empire" (Chapter 16).
  • New and revised "The Written Record" boxes include such topics as: "A Woman Wins at the Olympics" (Chapter 3), "Two Views of Augustus" (Chapter 6), "The Education of Women" (Chapter 12).

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Efficacy and Outcomes


"This is a fine Western Civ textbook that does everything you expect a textbook to do: text and image work wonderfully on their own as well as together, just as they should, and you can be sure that your students will be getting a first-rate 'read' if you choose this to accompany your course."

— Steven J. Williams, New Mexico Highlands University

"The Noble text is an intelligent, well-written and engaging text."

— Steve White, Mount St. Mary's University


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An all-in-one multimedia resource for class preparation, presentation, and testing. The Instructor's Resource Manual includes instructional objectives, chapter outlines, discussion questions, suggested lecture topics, suggested paper topics, and related internet resources. Microsoft® PowerPoint® slides of lecture outlines, as well as images and maps from the text, can be used as offered or customized by importing personal lecture slides or other material; JoinIn® PowerPoint® slides with clicker content are also provided. An Image Library contains .jpg images from the text. The Test Bank includes key term identification, multiple-choice, short answer, essay, and map questions. ExamView®, an easy-to-use assessment and tutorial system, allows instructors to create, deliver, and customize tests in minutes. Instructors can build tests with as many as 250 questions using up to 12 question types. Using the complete word-processing capabilities of ExamView®, instructors can enter an unlimited number of new questions or edit existing ones.

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Thomas F. X. Noble

After receiving his Ph.D. from Michigan State University, Thomas Noble taught at Albion College, Michigan State University, Texas Tech University, and the University of Virginia. In 1999 he received the University of Virginia's highest award for teaching excellence and in 2008 Notre Dame's Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C., Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. In 2011 he received the Charles Sheedy, C.S.C., award for excellence in teaching and scholarship from Notre Dame's College of Arts and Letters. In 2001 he became Robert M. Conway Director of the Medieval Institute at the University of Notre Dame and in 2008 chairperson of Notre Dame's history department. He is the author of Images, Iconoclasm, and the Carolingians, which won the 2011 Otto Gründler Prize, and The Republic of St. Peter: The Birth of the Papal State, 680–825. He has edited six books. He was a member of the Institute for Advanced Study in 1994 and the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in 1999–2000. He has been awarded fellowships by the National Endowment for the Humanities (three times) and the American Philosophical Society (twice). He was elected a Fellow of the Medieval Academy of America in 2004. In 2012 he served as president of the American Catholic Historical Association.

Barry S. Strauss

Professor of history and classics at Cornell University, Barry Strauss holds a Ph.D. from Yale. He has been awarded fellowships by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Academy in Rome, the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, The MacDowell Colony for the Arts, the Korea Foundation, and the Killam Foundation of Canada. He is the recipient of the Clark Award for excellence in teaching from Cornell. He is Chair of Cornell's Department of History, Director of Cornell's Program on Freedom and Free Societies, and Past Director of Cornell's Peace Studies Program. His many publications include Athens After the Peloponnesian War: Class, Faction, and Policy, 403–386 B.C.; Fathers and Sons in Athens: Ideology and Society in the Era of the Peloponnesian War; The Anatomy of Error: Ancient Military Disasters and Their Lessons for Modern Strategists (with Josiah Ober); Hegemonic Rivalry from Thucydides to the Nuclear Age (coedited with R. New Lebow); War and Democracy: A Comparative Study of the Korean War and the Peloponnesian War (coedited with David R. McCann); Rowing Against the Current: On Learning to Scull at Forty; The Battle of Salamis, the Naval Encounter That Saved Greece–and Western Civilization; The Trojan War: A New History; The Spartacus War; and Masters of Command: Alexander, Hannibal, Caesar and the Genius of War. His books have been translated into seven languages. His book The Battle of Salamis was named one of the best books of 2004 by the Washington Post.

Duane J. Osheim

A Fellow of the American Academy in Rome with a Ph.D. in History from the University of California at Davis, Duane Osheim is professor of history at the University of Virginia. He has held fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the American Philosophical Society, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Fulbright Program. He is author and editor of A Tuscan Monastery and Its Social World; An Italian Lordship: The Bishopric of Lucca in the Late Middle Ages; Beyond Florence: The Contours of Medieval and Early Modern Italy; and Chronicling History: Chroniclers and Historians in Medieval and Renaissance Italy.

Kristen B. Neuschel

After receiving her Ph.D. from Brown University, Kristen Neuschel taught at Denison University and Duke University, where she is currently associate professor of history and Director of the Thompson Writing Program. She is a specialist in early modern French history and is the author of Word of Honor: Interpreting Noble Culture in Sixteenth-Century France and articles on French social history and European women's history. She has received grants from the Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the American Council of Learned Societies. She has also received the Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award, which is awarded annually on the basis of student nominations for excellence in teaching at Duke.

Elinor Accampo

Professor of history and gender studies at the University of Southern California, Elinor Accampo completed her Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to her career at USC, she taught at Colorado College and Denison University. She specializes in modern France and is the author of Blessed Motherhood; Bitter Fruit: Nelly Roussel and the Politics of Female Pain in Third Republic France; and Industrialization, Family, and Class Relations: Saint Chamond, 1815–1914. She has coedited (with Christopher Forth) Confronting Modernity in Fin-de-Siècle France and (with Rachel Fuchs and Mary Lynn Stewart) Gender and the Politics of Social Reform in France. She has received fellowships and travel grants from the German Marshall Fund, the Haynes Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, as well as an award for Innovative Undergraduate Teaching at USC.

David D. Roberts

After receiving his Ph.D. in modern European history at the University of California, Berkeley, David Roberts taught at the Universities of Virginia and Rochester before becoming professor of history at the University of Georgia in 1988. At Rochester he chaired the Humanities Department of the Eastman School of Music, and he chaired the History Department at Georgia from 1993 to 1998. A recipient of Woodrow Wilson and Rockefeller Foundation fellowships, he is the author of THE SYNDICALIST TRADITION AND ITALIAN FASCISM; BENEDETTO CROCE AND THE USES OF HISTORICISM; NOTHING BUT HISTORY: RECONSTRUCTION AND EXTREMITY AFTER METAPHYSICS; THE TOTALITARIAN EXPERIMENT IN TWENTIETH-CENTURY EUROPE: RETHINKING THE POVERTY OF GREAT POLITICS; and HISTORICISM AND FASCISM IN MODERN ITALY, as well as two books in Italian and numerous articles and reviews. He is currently Albert Berry Sayre Professor of History Emeritus at the University of Georgia.

William B. Cohen

William Cohen (of late) received his Ph.D. from Stanford in 1968. His scholarly research focused on French Urbanization, and he was the author of THE FRENCH ENCOUNTER WITH AFRICANS: WHITE RESPONSES TO BLACKS; EUROPEAN EMPIRE BUILDING; RULERS OF EMPIRE; and ROBER DELAVIGNETTE AND THE FRENCH EMPIRE, as well as numerous articles and reviews.