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Western Civilization, A Brief History, Volume II, 11th Edition

  • Marvin Perry Baruch College, City University of New York
  • ISBN-10: 1305091477  |  ISBN-13: 9781305091474
  • 416 Pages
  • © 2016 | Published
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Marvin Perry's WESTERN CIVILIZATION: A BRIEF HISTORY, Eleventh Edition, maintains a firm grounding in political history, while covering intellectual history (particularly the significance of ideas and contributions) to a greater and deeper extent than any other text for the course. The accessible writing and flexible approach make this abridged version of WESTERN CIVILIZATION: IDEAS, POLITICS, AND SOCIETY an appealing text for instructors and students of the Western Civilization survey course. Updated with recent scholarship, the Eleventh Edition retains many popular features, including comparative timelines, full-color art essays, and primary source excerpts in each chapter. New technology resources, including MindTap®—featuring the interactive MindTap Reader eBook and Aplia™ assignments—make learning more engaging and instruction more efficient. Available in the following options: WESTERN CIVILIZATION: A BRIEF HISTORY, Eleventh Edition (Chapters 1—22); Volume I: To 1789 (Chapters 1—10); Volume II: From the 1400s (Chapters 8—22).

Features and Benefits

  • Marvin Perry's WESTERN CIVILIZATION is the premier text to use for those interested in teaching intellectual history.
  • Each chapter has an integrated excerpt of a primary source—with an introductory essay and questions for analysis—to help students interpret and analyze primary source documents.
  • Two full-color illustrated art essays appear in the book to help students interpret and analyze visual sources.

Table of Contents

8. Transition to the Modern Age: Renaissance and Reformation.
9. Political and Economic Transformation: National States, Overseas Expansion, Commercial Revolution.
10. Intellectual Transformation: The Scientific Revolution and the Age of Enlightenment.
11. The Era of the French Revolution: Affirmation of Liberty and Equality.
12. The Industrial Revolution: The Transformation of Society.
13. Thought and Culture in the Early Nineteenth Century.
14. Surge of Liberalism and Nationalism: Revolution, Counterrevolution, and Unification.
15. Thought and Culture in the Mid-Nineteenth Century: Realism, Positivism, Darwinism, and Social Criticism.
16. Europe in the Late Nineteenth Century: Modernization, Nationalism, Imperialism.
17. Modern Consciousness: New Views of Nature, Human Nature, and the Arts.
18. World War I: The West in Despair.
19. An Era of Totalitarianism.
20. World War II: Western Civilization in the Balance.
21. Europe After World War II: Recovery and Realignment, 1945—1989.
22. The Troubled Present.

What's New

  • Pedagogy (including Focus Questions at the beginning of the chapter and Questions for Analysis in the primary source features) has been updated to be more thought provoking.
  • Profiles, which have been revised to present a richer and broader range of significant historical figures, include more ordinary people, minorities, and women.
  • New primary source features include an excerpt from the writings of Adelard of Bath in which he urges investigating nature (Ch. 7), excerpts from a work of Benjamin Constant that illustrates emerging liberalism (Ch. 13), and Carl Schurz's description of the revolutionary excitement in Berlin in 1848 (Ch. 14).
  • New, revised, and expanded content discusses the significance of Greek politics for the Founding Fathers of the U.S. (Ch. 3); the Dead Sea Scrolls and Christianity's appeal in the Roman world, particularly among women (Ch. 5); the Koran, Islamic interpretations of jihad, and Muslim science (Ch. 6); Napoleon's attitude towards women (Ch. 11); the condition of the working class and the fight for women's suffrage in France (Ch. 16); World War I, including how the war affected women (Ch. 18); the ordeal faced by German Jews in the new Nazi regime (Ch. 19); and war criminals in World War II (Ch. 20).
  • Chapters 21 and 22 have been heavily revised, with updated scholarship that covers new historiography surrounding the Cold War, the treatment of terrorism, the strife in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the Arab Spring. A new section, “Our Global Age: Promise and Problems,” has been added to Chapter 22, and the Epilogue, “Reaffirming the Core Values of the Western Tradition,” is now the concluding section of that chapter.

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Efficacy and Outcomes


“The text is written at what I think is an appropriate intellectual level. It doesn't only explain what happened, but WHY and what the CONSEQUENCES of an idea were. Its headings and subheadings make it easy to follow along as well.”

— Kevin O'Connor, Gonzaga University


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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.