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Sources of the Making of the West, Volume I: To 1740: Peoples and Cultures, a Concise History


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Sources of the Making of the West, A Concise History, Second Edition offers more options for working with sources. Each chapter now includes five sources that are tightly integrated with the text and that echo the narrative's balance of people and places. With 35% more documents, including new visual images, the companion reader offers instructors maximum flexibility for document-based teaching. New comparative questions help students draw connections across documents. Free when packaged with the text.

Table of Contents

   Chapter 1. Foundations of Western Civilization, to 500 B.C.E.


    1. King Hammurabi, The Code of Hammurabi (Early Eighteenth Century B.C.E.)

    2. The Book of Exodus, Chapters 19-24 (c. Tenth-Sixth Centuries B.C.E.)

    3. Inscription Honoring Cyrus, King of Persia (r.c. 557-530 B.C.E.)

    4. Tyrtaeus of Sparta and Solon of Athens, Poems (Seventh-Sixth Centuries B.C.E.)

    5. Sappho of Lesbos, Poems (Sixth Century B.C.E.)


  Chapter 2. The Greek Golden Age, c. 500-400 B.C.E.


    1. Thucydides, The Funeral Oration of Pericles (429 B.C.E.)

    2. Plato, The Apology of Socrates (399 B.C.E.)

    3. Euphiletus, A Husband Speaks in His Own Defense (c. 400 B.C.E.)

    4. Overhead Views of a House on the Slope of the Areopagus (Fifth Century B.C.E.)

    5. Aristophanes, Lysistrata (411 B.C.E.) (3)


  Chapter 3. From the Classical to the Hellenistic World, c. 400-30 B.C.E.


    1. Zeno, Egyptian Official, Records (259-250 B.C.E.) (Lualdi 1e)

    2. Funerary Inscriptions and Epitaphs (Fifth- First Centuries B.C.E.)

    3. Map of Ancient Alexandria (Second Half of First Century B.C.E.)

    4. Epicurus, Letter to a Friend (Late Third Century B.C.E.)

    5. The Book of I Maccabees, Chapter 8 (c. 175 B.C.E.)


  Chapter 4. The Rise of Rome, c. 753-44 B.C.E.


    1. The Twelve Tables (451- 449 B.C.E.)

    2. 2(a) Etruscan statuette of a rider (c. 434-400 B.C.E.) and 2(b) Roman bust of Lucius Junius Brutus (c. 300 B.C.E.)

    3. Roman Women Demonstrate against the Oppian Law (195 B.C.E.)

    4. The Gracchan Reforms (133 B.C.E.)

    5. Julius Caesar, Gallic War (52 B.C.E.)


  Chapter 5. The Roman Empire, c. 44 B.C.E. - A.D. 284


    1. Augustus, Res Gestae (My Accomplishments)

    2. Notices and Graffiti Describe Life in Pompeii (First Century C.E.)

    3. 3(a) Seneca, The Scene at a Roman Bath (First Century C.E.) and 3(b) Plan of the Stabian Baths at Pompeii

    4. Flavius Josephus, The Jewish War (70 C.E.)

    5. Pliny, Letters (Early Second Century C.E.)


  Chapter 6. The Transformation of the Roman Empire, A.D. 294-c. 600


    1. 1(a) Arius, Letter to the bishop of Alexandria (c. 320 C.E.) and 1(b) The Nicene Creed (325 C.E.)

    2. Quintas Aurelias Symmachus and St. Ambrose, The Altar of Victory Sparks a Religious Debate (384 C.E.)

    3. St. Jerome, Letter 107 (403 C.E.)

    4. The Burgundian Code (c. 475 - 525 C.E.)

    5. Procopius, Buildings (c. 553- 554 C.E.)


  Chapter 7. The Heirs of the Roman Empire, 600-750


    1. Theophanes Confessor, Chronicle (Ninth Century)

    2. Qu'ran, suras 1, 53, 98 (c. 610-632)

    3. Islamic Terms of Peace (633 - 639)

    4. Pope Gregory the Great, Letters (598- 601)

    5. The Life of Lady Balthild, Queen of the Franks (Late Seventh Century)


  Chapter 8. Unity and Diversity in Three Societies, 750- 1050


    1. General Capitulary for the Missi (802)

    2. Liutprand of Cremona, Report to Otto I (968)

    3. Digenis Akritas (Tenth or Eleventh Century)

    4. Ahmad al-Ya'q_b_, Kit_b al-buld_n (Ninth Century)

    5. Bishop Fulbert of Chartres, "Letter to William of Aquitaine" (1020)


  Chapter 9. Renewal and Reform, 1050- 1200


    1. Urban Charters of Jaca, Spain (c. 1077), and Lorris, France (1155)

    2. Emperor Henry IV and Pope Gregory VII, Sources of the Investiture of Conflict (1076)

    3. The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle (1085- 1086)

    4. Medieval University Life (Twelfth-Early Thirteenth Centuries)

    5. St. Francis and St. Clare of Assisi, Selected Writings (Thirteenth Century)


  Chapter 10. An Age of Confidence, 1200- 1340


    1. Abbot Sugar, The Abbey Church of St.-Denis (1144)

    2. Hadewijch of Brabant, Letters and Poems of a Female Mystic (1220- 1240)

    3. Dante Alighieri, Human and Divine Love (Late Thirteenth- Early Fourteenth Centuries)

    4. 4(a) Summons of Representatives to Parliament (1295) and 4(b) Rolls of Parliament (Thirteenth-Fourteenth Centuries)

    5. Guyuk Khan's Letter to Pope Innocent IV (1246)


  Chapter 11. Crisis and Renaissance, 1340- 1500


    1. The Black Death (Fourteenth Century)

    2. Thomas Walsingham, Peasant Rebels in London (1381)

    3. Giovanni Pico della Mirandola, Oration on the Dignity of Man (1496)

    4. Bernardino of Siena, An Italian Preacher: Sins against Nature (1380-1444)

    5. Gomes Eanes de Zurara, Chronicle of the Discovery of Guinea (c. 1453)


  Chapter 12. Struggles over Beliefs, 1500- 1648


    1. Martin Luther, Freedom of a Christian (1520)

    2. Saint Ignatius of Loyola, A New Kind of Catholicism (1546, 1549, 1553)

    3. Hans Jacob Christoffel von Grimmelshausen, The Adventures of a Simpleton (1668- 1669)

    4. Galileo, Letter to the Grand Duchess Christina (1615)

    5. The Trial of Suzanne Gaudry (1652)


  Chapter 13. State Building and the Search for Order, 1648- 1690


    1. Louis de Rouvroy, Duke of Saint-Simon, Memoirs (1694- 1723)

    2. British Parliament, The English Bill of Rights (1689)

    3. Ludwig Fabritius, The Revolt of Stenka Razin (1670)

    4. A True and Exact Relation of the Raising of the Siege of Vienna (1683)

    5. Madame de Lafayette, The Princess of Cleves (1678)


  Chapter 14. The Atlantic System and Its Consequences, 1690 - 1740


    1. Olaudah Equiano, The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano Written by Himself (1789)

    2. Tsar Peter I, Letter to His Son, Alexei (October 11, 1715); Alexei's Response (October 31, 1715)

    3. Montequieu, Persian Letters: Letter 37 (1721)

    4. Mary Astell, Reflections upon Marriage (1706)

    5. Pietist Spiritual Songbook (1705)

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Lualdi, Katherine J
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