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WESTERN CIVILIZATION: IDEAS, POLITICS, AND SOCIETY, Eleventh Edition, maintains a firm grounding in political history, while covering intellectual history (particularly the significance of ideas and contributions) to greater and deeper extent than any other text for the course. Known for its accessible writing style, this text appeals to students and instructors alike for its brevity, clarity, and careful selection of content-including material on religion and philosophy. Updated with more recent scholarship, the eleventh edition retains many popular features, including comparative timelines, full-color art essays, and profile 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: IDEAS, POLITICS, AND SOCIETY, Eleventh Edition (Chapters 1-33); Volume I: To 1789 (Chapters 1-18); Volume II: From the 1600s (Chapters 16-33); From the 1400s (Chapters 13-33).
- Pedagogy (including Focus Questions at the beginning of the chapter that guide students' reading and Questions for Analysis in the 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.
- A new author, Professor Jonathan Daly from the University of Chicago, Illinois, has joined the team. He provides updates to Chapter 32, “Europe After World War II: Recovery and Realignment, 1945–1989,” and to half of Chapter 33, “The Troubled Present.”
- New primary sources include a passage from the writings of Adelard of Bath (Ch. 11); selections from the “Oration on the Dignity of Man” by Pico della Mirandola (Ch. 13); an excerpt from the writings of Benjamin Constant, the French liberal theorist (Ch. 21); and an excerpt from Carl Schurz’s “Reminiscences” in which he recalls the expectations of German liberal-nationalists after the February Revolution in Paris (Ch. 22).
- Changes in this edition, among many others, include new, revised, or expanded discussion of the significance of Greek politics for the Founding Fathers of the U.S. (Ch. 3); Alexander the Great and Hellenistic society (Ch. 5); slavery and culture (Ch. 6); the Koran, Islamic interpretations of Jihad, and Muslim science (Ch. 9); the Black Plague (Ch. 12); treatment of women in the Renaissance (Ch. 13); and international competition between states for overseas conquest and exploitation (Ch. 16).
- This edition presents new or expanded discussion of the Jacobin policy of de-Christianization and statements by Napoleon illustrating his attitude toward women, religion, and his pursuit of glory (Ch. 19); anti-Semitism (Ch. 24); the revolutionary and nationalistic responses to imperialism in Latin America, Asia, and Africa (Ch. 26); Nietzsche, literary modernism, and social thought (Ch. 27); the impact of World War I on European thought and attitudes (Ch. 28); and war criminals in World War II (Ch. 31).
- Chapters 32 and 33 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 33, and the Epilogue, “Reaffirming the Core Values of the Western Tradition,” is now the concluding section of that chapter.
- 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.
- Five full-color illustrated art essays appear throughout the book to help students interpret and analyze visual sources.
- Marvin Perry's WESTERN CIVILIZATION is the premier text to use for those interested in teaching intellectual history.
- Chapter outlines and introductions provide comprehensive overviews of key themes and give a sense of direction and coherence to the flow of history. Most chapters contain concluding essays that treat the larger meaning of the material.
1. The Ancient Near East: The First Civilizations.
2. The Hebrews: A New View of God and the Individual.
3. The Greek City-State: Democratic Politics.
4. Greek Thought: From Myth to Reason.
5. The Hellenistic Age: Cultural Diffusion.
6. The Roman Republic: City-State to World Empire.
7. The Roman Empire: A World-State.
8. Early Christianity: A World Religion.
Part II: THE MIDDLE AGES: THE CHRISTIAN CENTURIES 500–1400.
9. The Heirs of Rome: Byzantium, Islam, and Latin Christendom.
10. The High Middle Ages: Vitality and Renewal.
11. The Flowering of Medieval Culture: The Christian Synthesis.
12. The Late Middle Ages: Crisis and Dissolution.
Part III: EARLY MODERN EUROPE: FROM RENAISSANCE TO ENLIGHTENMENT 1350–1789.
13. The Renaissance: Transition to the Modern Age.
14. The Reformation: The Shattering of Christian Unity.
15. European Expansion: Economic and Social Transformations.
16. The Rise of Sovereignty: Transition to the Modern State.
17. The Scientific Revolution: The Universe Seen as a Mechanism.
18. The Age of Enlightenment: Reason and Reform.
Part IV: AN AGE OF REVOLUTION: LIBERAL, NATIONAL, INDUSTRIAL 1789–1848.
19. The French Revolution: The Affirmation of Liberty and Equality.
20. The Industrial Revolution: The Great Transformation.
21. Thought and Culture in the Early Nineteenth Century.
22. Revolution and Counterrevolution, 1815–1848.
Part V: AN AGE OF CONTRADICTION: PROGRESS AND BREAKDOWN 1848–1914.
23. Thought and Culture in the Mid-Nineteenth Century: Realism and Social Criticism.
24. The Surge of Nationalism: From Liberal to Extreme Nationalism.
25. The Industrial West: Responses to Modernization.
26. Imperialism: Western Global Dominance.
27. Modern Consciousness: New Views of Nature, Human Nature, and the Arts.
Part VI: WORLD WARS AND TOTALITARIANISM: THE WEST IN CRISIS 1914-1945.
28. World War I: The West in Despair.
29. An Era of Totalitarianism.
30. Thought and Culture in an Era of World Wars and Totalitarianism.
31. World War II: Western Civilization in the Balance.
Part VII: THE CONTEMPORARY WORLD.
32. Europe After World War II: Recovery and Realignment, 1945-1989.
33. The Troubled Present.
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