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


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This companion sourcebook provides written and visual sources to accompany each chapter of The Making of the West. Political, social, and cultural documents offer a variety of perspectives that complement the textbook and encourage student to make connections between narrative history and primary sources. Each chapter contains a chapter summary, document headnotes, and questions for discussion.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Working with Historical Sources
1.  Early Western Civilization, 4000-1000 B.C.E.

*Defining Humanity: Epic of Gilgamesh

Establishing Law and Justice: King Hammurabi, The Code of Hammurabi

Exploring New Lands: The Story of Sinuhe

Writing Experiences: Egyptian Scribal Exercise Book

*Allying for Peace: The “Eternal Treaty” between the Egyptians and Hittites

2. The Near East and the Emergence of Greece, 1000-500 B.C.E.

Empires and Divine Right: Inscription Honoring Cyrus, King of Persia

Monotheism and Mosaic Law: The Book of Exodus, Chapters 19-20

Two Visions of the City-State: Tyrtaeus of Sparta and Solon of Athens, Poems

Greek Colonization: The Foundation of Cyrene

A Womans Voice: The Poems of Sappho of Lesbos

3. The Greek Golden Age of the Fifth Century B.C.E.

The Golden Age of Athens: Thucydides, The Funeral Oration of Pericles

The Emergence of Philosophy: Plato, The Apology of Socrates

*The Advance of Science: Hippocrates of Cos, On the Sacred Disease

In Defense of Manly Honor: Euphiletus, A Husband Speaks in His Own Defense

*The Geography of Daily Life: Overhead View of a House in Olynthos

Protesting War, Performing Satire: Aristophanes, Lysistrata

4. From the Classical to the Hellenistic World, 400-30 B.C.E.

The Conquest of New Lands: The Campaigns of Alexander the Great

*Imperial Bureaucracy: Zeno, Egyptian Official, Records 

Everyday Life: Funerary Inscriptions and Epitaphs 

In Pursuit of Happiness: Epicurus, Letter to a Friend 

*Exacting Science: Eratosthenes, Measurement of the Earth and Modern Diagram of Eratosthenes Measurement

5. The Rise of Rome, 753-44 B.C.E.

Formalizing Roman Law: The Twelve Tables

*Artistic Influences: Etruscan Statuette of a Rider and Roman Bust of Lucius Junius Brutus

Status and Discrimination: Roman Women Demonstrate against the Oppian Law “Cultivating Justice and Piety”: Cicero, On the Commonwealth 

Failure and Factionalism: The Gracchan Reforms

*Toward Empire: Julius Caesar, The Gallic War

6. The Roman Empire, 44 B.C.E.-284 C.E.

*In Defense of Roman Authority and Order: Imperial Edicts for the Government of Cyrene 

An Urban Empire: Notices and Graffiti Describe Life in Pompeii

*New Influences to the North: Tacitus, Germania

Persecuting A New Religion: Interrogation of Christians

Revolt in the Colonies: Flavius Josephus, The Jewish War

7. The Transformation of the Roman Empire, 284-600 C.E.

*The Establishment of Roman Christian Doctrine: Arius, Letter to Alexander, Bishop of Alexandria and The Nicene Creed

Polytheism versus Christianity: Quintas Aurelius Symmachus and St. Ambrose, The Altar of Victory Sparks a Religious Debate

The Development of Monasticism: St. Jerome, Letter 107 

Germanic Law in the Roman Empire: The Burgundian Code 

*Emergence of Byzantium: Procopius, Secret History

8. Islam, Byzantium, and the West, 600-750

*The Foundations of Islam: Quran, Suras 1, 53, 98 

Jihad and Jizya: Islamic Terms of Peace (633-643)

*Byzantine Life: The Life of St. Theodore of Sykeon 

A Noblewomans Life: The Life of Lady Balthild, Queen of the Franks

Roman Christian Missions: Pope Gregory the Great, Letters

9. Emperors, Caliphs, and Local Lords, 750-1050

The Rule of Charlemagne: General Capitulary for the Missi

Resistance from Constantinople: Liutprand of Cremona, Report to Otto I

*The Macedonian Renaissance: Veroli Casket

A New Islamic Dynasty: Ahmad al-Ya‘qu¯bi¯, Kita¯b al-bulda¯n

*Advances in Medicine: Abu¯ Bakr Muhammad ibn Zakari¯yu¯ Al-ra¯zi¯, A Treatise on the Small-Pox and Measles

*The Faithful Vassal: Fulbert of Chartres, Letter to William of Aquitaine

10. Merchants and Kings, Popes and Crusaders, 1050-1150

Medieval Cities: Urban Charters of Jaca, Spain and Lorris, France

Sources of the Investiture Conflict: Emperor Henry IV and Pope Gregory VII,

Letter and Excommunication

*Calling the First Crusade: Fulcher of Chartres, Pope Urban IIs Speech at Clermont

*Arab Response to the First Crusade: Ibn al-Athi¯r, A Muslim Perspective 

The Power of William I: The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 

11. The Flowering of the Middle Ages, 1150-1215

Scholarly Pursuits and Youthful Frolics: Medieval University Life

Gothic Architecture: Abbot Suger, The Abbey Church of Saint-Denis 

Courtly Love: Chrétien de Troyes, Erec and Enide 

Franciscan Piety: St. Francis and St. Clare of Assisi, Selected Writings

*The Sack of Constantinople: Annals of Niketas Choniates

12. The Medieval Search for Order, 1215-1340

A Female Mystic: Hadewijch of Brabant, Letters and Poems

The Rise of Anti-Semitism: Thomas of Monmouth, The Life and Martyrdom of St. William of Norwich

*Imagining Hell: Dante Alighieri, Divine Comedy

*Bureaucratic Institutions: Summons of Representatives of Shires and Towns to Parliament and Rolls of Parliament, Petitions and Answers

*A Mongols View: Guyuk Khan, Letter to Pope Innocent IV

13. Crisis and Renaissance, 1340-1492

Demographic Catastrophe: The Black Death 

Crisis and Change: Thomas Walsingham, Peasant Rebels in London 

The Great Schism: Catherine of Siena, Letters and Councils of Pisa and Constance, Decrees

Satirizing the Church: Geoffrey Chaucer, The Pardoners Prologue 

Extolling Humanism: Giovanni Rucellai and Leonardo Bruni, Florence in the Quattrocento

Womens Place in Renaissance Italy: Alessandra, Letters from a Widow and Matriarch of a Great Family 

14. Religious Reforms and Global Encounters, 1492-1560

*Worlds Collide: Bernal Díaz del Castillo, The True History of the Conquest of New Spain

*Illustrating a Native Perspective: Lienzo de Tlaxcala

*Defending Native Humanity: Bartolomé de Las Casas, In Defense of the Indians

*Scripture and Salvation: Martin Luther, Freedom of a Christian

Reforming Christianity: John Calvin, Articles Concerning Predestination and

The Necessity of Reforming the Church

Responding to Reformation: Saint Ignatius of Loyola, A New Kind of Catholicism

15. Wars of Religion and Clash of Worldviews, 1560-1648

Legislating Tolerance: Henry IV, Edict of Nantes

*Barbarians All: Michel de Montaigne, Of Cannibals

The Scientific Challenge: Galileo, Letter to the Grand Duchess Christina

The Persecution of Witches: The Trial of Suzanne Gaudry

Commercial Endeavors: David Pieterzen DeVries, Voyages from Holland to America

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

*Civil War and Social Contract: Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan

*The Consent of the Governed: John Locke, The Second Treatise of Government

Opposing Serfdom: Ludwig Fabritius, The Revolt of Stenka Razin

Fighting for Empire: A True and Exact Relation of the Raising of the Siege of Vienna

*In Search of the Northwest Passage: Jacques Marquette, Exploring the Mississippi

17. The Atlantic System and Its Consequences, 1690-1740

Captivity and Enslavement: Olaudah Equiano, The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano Written by Himself 

*A “Sober and Wholesome Drink”: A Brief Description of the Excellent Vertues of that Sober and Wholesome Drink, Called Coffee

In Defense of Military Action: Tsar Peter I, Letter to His Son, Alexei and Alexeis Response 

Challenging Absolutism: Montesquieu, Persian Letters: Letter 37

Questioning Womens Submission: Mary Astell, Reflections upon Marriage

* New to this edition

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Lualdi, Katharine J
Bedford Books
Martin, Christopher R.
Hunt, Lynn
Smith, Bonnie G.
Hsia, R. Po-Chia
Lualdi, Katharine J.
Martin, Thomas R.
Rosenwein, Barbara H.
General History
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Volume I: To 1740
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