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The West: a Narrative History is a unique text in its field, as it was conceived and developed as a brief introduction to the history of the West. It is not a reduced version of a larger study, but a fully realized project in its own right. It defines the West in its broadest terms, encompassing all of the varied cultures that trace at least some of their ancestry to the ancient Mediterranean world. In addition, it consistently reminds its readers of the links between the people who have come to define the West and those in other regions of the world.

About the Author

A. Daniel Frankforter is Professor of History at the Pennsylvania State University, where he has taught for nearly four decades.  His undergraduate work was in the history of ideas and philosophy at Franklin and Marshall College.  He earned a Master of Divinity degree from Drew University, did graduate work at Columbia University and the University of Göttingen and completed master’s and doctoral degrees in medieval history and religious studies at Penn State.  His research has focused on the medieval English Church and on the evolving role of European women throughout the medieval period.  Articles on these topics have appeared in such journals as Manuscripta, Church History, The British Studies Monitor, The Catholic Historical Review, The American Benedictine Review, The International Journal of Women’s Studies, and The Journal of Women’s History.  His books include: A History of the Christian Movement: An Essay on the Development of Christian Institutions, Civilization and Survival, The Shakespeare Name Dictionary (with J. Madison Davis), The Medieval Millennium: An Introduction, The Western Heritage, Brief Edition (with Donald Kagan, Stephen Ozment, and Frank Turner), The Heritage of World Civilizations, brief third edition (with Albert Craig, William Graham, Donald Kagan, Stephen Ozment, and Frank Turner), an edition and translation of Poullain de la Barre’s De L’Égalité des deux Sexes, and Stones for Bread: A Critique of Contemporary Worship.  Over the course of his career he has developed 15 courses dealing with aspects of the ancient and medieval periods of Western civilization, Judeo-Christian studies, and gender issues.  His work in the classroom has been acknowledged by the Penn State Behrend Excellence in Teaching Award and the prestigious Amoco Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching Performance.



William M. Spellman is the Dean of Humanities at the University of North Carolina, Asheville.  He is a graduate of Suffolk University, Boston, and holds the Ph.D. from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.  He is the author of John Locke and the Problem of Depravity (Oxford, 1988); The Latitudinarians and the Church of England, 1660-1700 (Georgia, 1993); John Locke (Macmillan, 1995); European Political Thought, 1600-1700 (Macmillan, 1997); Monarchies, 1000-2000 (Reaktion Press, 2000); Extraordinary Women of the Medieval and Renaissance World (Greenwood Press, 2000) co-authored with Carole Levin, et. al.; The Global Community: Migration and the Making of the Modern World, 1500-2000 (Sutton, 2002); A Concise History of the World Since 1945 (Palgrave, 2006); and Migration and the Nation State (Reaktion Press, forthcoming).


Table of Contents


Table of Contents




Chapter 12: Renaissance and Exploration

Larger Issue: How should a society use its history?

    The Context for the Renaissance  

    The Culture of the Renaissance 

    The Northern Renaissance  

    The Middle East: The Ottoman Empire 

    Europe and Atlantic Exploration


Chapter 13: Reformation, Religious Wars, and National Conflicts

Larger Issue: How do civilized societies justify war?

    The Lutheran Reformation

    The Swiss Reformation 

    The Catholic Reformation 

    The Habsburg-Valois Wars 

    England’s Ambivalent Reformation 

    Convergence of Foreign and Domestic Politics: England, Spain, and France 

    The Final Religious Upheaval 




Chapter 14: The Early Modern State

Larger Issue: How do political systems reflect the structure of social and economic life?

    Society in Early Modern Europe

    Forging Centralized States

    Absolutism in France

    Constitutionalism in England

    Wars of Empire and Global Markets

    Central and Eastern Europe

    Europe’s Declining Powers


Chapter 15: New World Views: Europe’s Scientific Revolution

Larger Issue: How does the study of the natural world influence religious belief and the understanding of truth?

    The Medieval World View

    Anticipating the New Science

    New Directions in Astronomy and Physics

    New Approaches to Truth

    Theory and Application

    Politics as Science

    Science as Religion

    Superstition and Its Victims


Chapter 16: The Age of Enlightenment: Rationalism and its Uses

Larger Issue: How do people construct ideas of progress?

    Critiquing the Traditional Way of Life

    Formulas for Improving Material Conditions

    Enlightened Despots

    Critiquing the Enlightenment

    The Arts in the Age of Reason


Chapter 17: Rebellion and Revolution: American Independence and the French Revolution

Larger Issue: Can political change occur without social and economic upheaval?

    America Rejects Europe

    Revolution in France

    Napoleon Bonaparte and the Export of Revolution, 1799–1815

    The French Revolution and the Americas




Chapter 20: Industry, Society, and Environment

Larger Issue: How do technology and urbanization influences the relationship between humans and nature?

    From Rural to Urban Lifestyles in Europe

    Agriculture, Demographics, and Labor

    Innovations in Production

    The Social Consequences of Industrialization

    Industry, the State, and Global Power


Chapter 19: The Age of Ideology in Western Europe

Larger Issue: What leads people to challenge conventional ideas and practices?

    The Congress System and the Conservative Agenda

    Ideological Ferment

    The Revolutions of 1848    

    Britain and Reform

    The Romantic Movement

    Utilitarianism and Utopian Socialism

    The Marxist Challenge 


Chapter 20: The Consolidation of Nation States

Larger Issue: Is nationalism a constructive force in the modern age?

    Italian Unification

    The Creation of Modern Germany

    Constitutional Change in France and Britain

    The Waning of the Habsburg, Russian, and Ottoman Empires

    The United States and Western Europe

    Nationalism and Race


Chapter 21: Global Empire and European Culture

Larger Issue: How does the projection of power reflect wider cultural values?

    The New Imperialism: Motives and Methods

    The Scramble for Empire: Africa

    The Scramble for Empire: South and East Asia

    The Legacy of Empire

    Imperialism, Intellectual Controversy, and European Culture

    Transformation in the Arts




Chapter 22: World War I: The End of Enlightenment

Larger Issue: Are nation states inherently adversarial?

    The Alliance System

    The Experience of Modern Warfare

    The Eastern Front and Europe’s Empire

    Naval War and American Entry

    The Impact of Total War at Home

    Bolshevik Revolution in Russia

    Peace Settlement and European Consciousness 

Chapter 23: The Troubled Interwar Years

Larger Issue: Can personal liberty be maintained under conditions of material hardship?

    Postwar Problems in Western Europe

    The Price of Victory

    The Great Depression, 1929–1939

    Coping with the Depression

    Italy: The First Fascist State

    Authoritarian Regimes in Spain and Eastern Europe

    The Emergence of Nazi Germany

    Imperial Japan

    The Soviet Union under Stalin


Chapter 24: World War II: Europe in Eclipse

Larger Issue: Can the force of ideas sustain a civilization under attack?

    The Process of Appeasement, 1933–1939

    Nazism Triumphant, 1939–1941: Europe and North Africa

    The German Empire

    The Destruction of the Jews

    The Home Front and the Role of Women

    War in Asia and the Pacific

    The Tide Turns, 1942–1945

    Planning for the Postwar World




Chapter 25: Decolonization and the Cold War

Larger Issue: How does ideology shape public policy?

    The Eclipse of Postwar Optimism

    The End of European Empire

    Expanding the Cold War

    The Cold War and Nuclear Threat

    Cuban Missile Crisis

    Divisions and Detente


Chapter 26: Western Civilization and the Global Community

Larger Issue: Has the West defined the process of globalization?

    The End of Communism

    United Europe?

    Science, Technology and the Envirnoment

    Women and the Struggle for Equality

    Religious Divides and Ethnic Nationalism

    The Postindustrial West

Product Details

Frankforter, A. Daniel
Cox, John M.
Cram101 Textbook Reviews
Spellman, William M.
Civilization, western
World - General
General History
Civilization, Western -- History.
World History-General
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Series Volume:
A Narrative History,
Publication Date:
July 2008
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