eBook A History of Western Civilization: The Ascent of the West, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1615303731
  • ISBN-13: 9781615303731
  • DDC: 909.09821
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - 12th Grade
  • 248 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2011 | Published/Released March 2012
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2011
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Catalyzed by the introduction of writing and the unifying force of Christianity, prehistoric European societies became flourishing civilizations in the early stages of European history. This period ushered in new technologies and advances in economic, political, and scientific thought that created an enduring cultural link between what would later become disparate nation-states. This illuminating volume provides an overarching view of the early social and intellectual transformations that brought European civilization from its birth in antiquity to its illustrious rebirth during the Renaissance.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: Prehistory.
2: Paleolithic Settlement.
3: Earliest Developments.
4: Upper Paleolithic Developments.
5: Mesolithic Adaptations.
6: Hunting and Gathering Culture.
7: The Neolithic Period.
8: The Adoption of Farming.
9: LBK Culture.
10: The Late Neolithic Period.
11: The Indo-Europeans.
12: The Metal Ages.
13: The Chronology of the Metal Ages.
14: Urnfield Culture.
15: Characteristics of the Copper Age.
16: Characteristics of the Bronze Age.
17: Bell Beaker Culture.
18: Characteristics of the Iron Age.
19: Social and Economic Developments.
20: Control Over Resources.
21: Changing Centres of Wealth.
22: Prestige and Status.
23: The Relationship between Nature and Culture.
24: Rituals, Religion, and Art.
25: The People of the Metal Ages.
26: Greeks, Romans, and Barbarians.
27: Greeks.
28: A Nation of City-States.
29: People of Achievement.
30: Political Developments.
31: Greek Influence.
32: Achaean League.
33: Romans.
34: The Roman Empire.
35: Roman Government and Citizenry.
36: The Empire's Decline.
37: Rome and Christianity.
38: Barbarian Migrations and Invasions.
39: The Germans and Huns.
40: The Reconfiguration of the Empire.
41: The Middle Ages.
42: The Idea of the Middle Ages.
43: The Term and Concept Before the 18th Century.
44: Enlightenment Scorn and Romantic Admiration.
45: The Middle Ages in Modern Historiography.
46: Chronology.
47: Late Antiquity: The Reconfiguration of the Roman World.
48: The Organization of Late Imperial Christianity.
49: Monasticism.
50: Kings and Peoples.
51: The Great Commission.
52: The Bishops of Rome.
53: Synod of Whitby.
54: The Mediterranean World Divided.
55: The Frankish Ascendancy.
56: Charlemagne and the Carolingian Dynasty.
57: Merovingian Dynasty.
58: Carolingian Decline and Its Consequences.
59: Growth and Innovation.
60: Demographic and Agricultural Growth.
61: Technological Innovations.
62: Urban Growth.
63: Reform and Renewal.
64: The Consequences of Reform.
65: The Transformation of Thought and Learning.
66: Ecclesiastical Organization.
67: Devotional Life.
68: The Emergence of a New Ecclesiastical Discipline.
69: Christianity, Judaism, and Islam.
70: From Territorial Principalities to Territorial Monarchies.
71: The Office and Person of the King.
72: Crusades.
73: Instruments of Royal Governance.
74: The Three Orders.
75: Crisis, Recovery, and Resilience.
76: The Renaissance.
77: The Italian Renaissance.
78: Urban Growth.
79: Wars of Expansion.
80: Italian Humanism.
81: Renaissance Thought.
82: The Northern Renaissance.
83: Political, Economic, and Social Background.
84: Northern Humanism.
85: Christian Mystics.
86: The Growth of Vernacular Literature.
87: Renaissance Science and Technology.
88: Conclusion.