Synopses & Reviews
This successful Western history version of the popular Discovering series provides a broad range of both visual and written sources. The unique pedagogical framework includes The Problem, Sources and Method, The Evidence, Questions to Consider, and Epilogue and Evaluation sections in each chapter. This structure promotes critical thinking, sharpens analytical skills, and builds student interest in the subject matter. The text emphasizes historical study as interpretation rather than memorization of data, with actual documents and artifacts from which students develop answers to historical questions.
About the Author
Merry Wiesner-Hanks (Chair, Department of History, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee) received her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1979. She has published WORKING WOMEN IN RENAISSANCE GERMANY (Rutgers, 1986) as well as numerous articles on women and the Reformation and urban social history. She is co-author of DISCOVERING THE GLOBAL PAST (2012), DISCOVERING THE WESTERN PAST (2008), DISCOVERING THE MEDIEVAL PAST (2003), DISCOVERING THE ANCIENT PAST (2005), DISCOVERING THE TWENTIETH-CENTURY WORLD (2005), and BECOMING VISIBLE: WOMEN IN EUROPEAN HISTORY (1998). She is also the General Editor of the PROBLEMS IN EUROPEAN CIVILIZATION series. Julius Ruff (Marquette University) received his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina 1979. He is the author of Crime, Justice and Public Order in Old Regime France (Croom Helm, 1984) in addition to many articles and book reviews. William Bruce Wheeler received his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in 1967. He is co-author of DISCOVERING THE GLOBAL PAST (2012), DISCOVERING THE AMERICAN PAST (2012), and DISCOVERING THE WESTERN PAST (2008). He has also written books on Tennessee history and the Tellico Dam.
Table of Contents
1. The Spread of the Reformation The Evidence: Martin Luther's sermon in Erfurt, Germany, 1521 Three 16th-century hymns Illustrations by Matthias Gerung, 1546 Woodcuts by Lucas Cranach and an unknown artist of religious pamphlets Anonymous German pamphlet, 1523 2. Staging Absolutism The Evidence: Jean Bodin, The Six Books of the Republic, 1576 Jacques Benigne Bossuet, Politics Drawn from the Very Words of the Holy Scriptures, 1678 The Duke of Saint-Simon on the Reign of Louis XIV Royal portraits The Mask of Apollo Engravings of Louis XIV as Roman Emperor in Carousel of 1662 Illustrations of Versailles and Marly 3. The Mind of an