Conceived and developed to be brief, The West: A Narrative History poses in each of its chapters a “key question” that provides a springboard for wide-ranging class discussions of questions that have no simple answers. By debating these issues, students discover that the past is more intriguing (and knowledge of its history more useful) than they may have previously realized.
Praise for The West: A Narrative History, Second Edition:
“This beautifully written text is simply the best on the market--concise, direct explanations of religious concepts, compelling questions for further investigation, and much food for thought, for both teachers and students.”
--Jonathan S. Perry, University of South Florida
“While there are numerous Western Civ textbooks on the market, Frankforter and Spellman’s The West is a superior volume. The book is not only a model of conciseness and accessibility, but the authors' deft judgment on key issues and historical controversies is particularly admirable.”
--John M. Cox, Florida Gulf Coast University
“The writing is the best I have seen in a textbook. One of the goals in my courses is to teach students how to write effectively, concisely, and forcefully. The authors’ writing style is simple, to the point, and utterly engaging. It is the way I want my students to write.” --Larissa J. Taylor, Colby College
The West: A Narrative History is one the newest and best Western Civilization textbooks on the market. It is extremely well written, and is brief enough to allow instructors to assign additional secondary or primary readings. It should become the predominant textbook in the field.
- J. Kyle Irvin, Jefferson State Community College
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
PART FOUR: CHALLENGES, CONFLICTS, AND DEPARTURES 1300 to 1700
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
PART FIVE: THE REVOLUTIONARY IMPULSE
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
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
PART SIX: EUROPE TRIUMPHANT 1815-1914
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
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?
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
PART SEVEN: EUROPE IN CRISIS 1914-1945
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
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
PART EIGHT: THE POSTWAR WESTREN COMMUNITY 1945-2008
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
Science, Technology and the Envirnoment
Women and the Struggle for Equality
Religious Divides and Ethnic Nationalism
The Postindustrial West