Synopses & Reviews
The West in the World relates the story of how the west has transformed – and been transformed by - the rest of the world. The authors examine the Wests contributions to the world and how the west has changed and embraced new ideas through contact with the people outside its center. Using a political / cultural framework the text weaves a strong thread of social history into the narrative by showing how civilizations grow and are shaped through the decisions and actions of real people. The authors bring history to life by using art and maps as a central feature of learning. They build discussions of art into the narrative to help students interpret artwork, and provide analytical map guides that reveal the connections between geography, politics, and other developments. This strong, rich narrative is short enough to allow instructors the flexibility of introducing other sources and books as supplement, while giving students a solid understanding of Western Civilization without overwhelming them.
About the Author
Dennis Sherman is Professor of History at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, the City University of New York. He received his B.A. (1962) and J.D. (1965) degrees from the University of California at Berkeley and his Ph.D. (1970) from the University of Michigan . . He was Visiting Professor at the University of Paris (1978-79; 1985). He has received the Ford Foundation Prize Fellowship, the Council for Research on Economic History fellowship, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities. His publications include A Short History of Western Civilization, 8th edition (co-author); Western Civilization: Sources, Images, and Interpretations, 5th edition; World Civilizations: Sources, Images, and Interpretations, 2nd Edition (co-author); a series of introductions in the Garland Library of War and Peace; several articles and reviews on nineteenth-century French economic and social history in American and European journals, and short stories on literary reviews. Joyce Salisbury is Frankenthal Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay where she has taught undergraduates for almost twenty years. She received a PhD in medieval history from Rutgers University in New Jersey. Salisbury is a respected historian who has published many articles and has written or edited eight books, including the critically acclaimed Perpetua's Passion: Death and Memory of a Young Roman Woman, and The Beast Within: Animals in the Middle Ages. Professor Salisbury is also an award-winning teacher, who was named "Professor of the Year for Wisconsin in 1991" by CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education), a prestigious national organization.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. The Roots of Western Civilization: The Ancient Middle East to the Sixth Century B.C.E.
Before Western Civilization
Struggling with the Forces of Nature: Mesopotamia, 3000-ca. 1000 B.C.E.
Rule of the God-King: Ancient Egypt, ca. 3100-1000 B.C.E.
Merchants and Monotheists: Peoples of the Mediterranean Coast, ca. 1300-500 B.C.E
Terror and Benevolence: The Growth of Empires, 1200-500 B.C.E.
Global Context Essay, I. Looking Ahead to the Ancient World: 700 B.C.E. to 400 C.E.
Chapter 2. The Contest for Excellence: Greece, 2000-338 B.C.E. Timeline: The Big Picture
The Rise and Fall of Ancient Heroes, 000-800 B.C.E.
Emerging from the Dark: Archaic Age, ca. 750-479 B.C.E. 00
Life in the Greek Poleis
Greece Enters Its Classical Age, 479-336 B.C.E.
Destruction, Disillusion, and a Search for Meaning
Chapter 3. The Poleis Become Cosmopolitan: The Hellenistic World, 336-150 B.C.E.
The Conquest of the Poleis
The Successor Kingdoms, 323-ca. 100 B.C.E.
East Meets West in the Successor Kingdoms
The Search for Truth: Hellenistic Thought, Religion, and Science
Chapter 4. Pride in Family and City: Rome from Its Origins Through the Republic, 753-44 B.C.E.
The Rise of Rome, 753-265 B.C.E.
Family Life and City Life
Expansion and Transformation, 265-133 B.C.E.
The Hellenizing of the Republic
The Twilight of the Republic, 133-44 B.C.E.
Chapter 5. Territorial and Christian Empires: The Roman Empire, 31 B.C.E. to 410 C.E.
The Pax Romana-27 B.C.E. to 192 C.E.
Life During the Peace of Rome
Crisis and Transformation, 192-ca. 400 C.E.
The Longing for Religious Fulfillment
From Christian Persecution to the City of God, 64-410 C.E.
The Holy Life
Global Context Essay, II. Looking Ahead to the Middle Ages: 400-1400
Chapter 6. A World Divided: Western Kingdoms, Byzantium, and the Islamic World, ca. 376-1000
The Making of the Western Kingdoms, ca. 376-750
The Byzantine Empire, ca. 400-1000
Chapter 7. The Struggle to Bring Order: The Early Middle Ages, ca. 750-1000
Bringing Order with Laws and Leadership
Anglo-Saxon England: Forwarding Learning and Law
Charlemagne and the Carolingians: A New European Empire
Order Interrupted: Vikings and Other Invaders
Manors and Feudal Ties: Order Emerging from Chaos
Chapter 8. Order Restored: The High Middle Ages, 1000-1300
Those Who Work: Agricultural Labor
Those Outside the Order: Town Life
Those Who Fight: Nobles and Knights
The Rise of Centralized Monarchies
Those Who Pray: Imperial Popes and Expanding Christendom
Chapter 9. The West Struggles and Eastern Empires Flourish: The Late Middle Ages, ca. 1300-1500
Economic and Social Misery
Imperial Papacy Besieged
More Destruction: The Hundred Years' War, 1337-1453
Responses to the Disruption of Medieval Order
Empires in the East
Chapter 10. A New Spirit in the West: The Renaissance,ca. 1300-1640
A New Spirit Emerges: Individualism, Realism, and Activism
The Politics of Individual Effort
Individualism as Self-Interest: Life During the Renaissance
An Age of Talent and Beauty: Renaissance Culture and Science
Renaissance of the "New Monarchies" of the North: 1453-1640
Chapter 11. "Alone Before God": Religious Reform and Warfare 1500-1648
The Clash of Dynasties, 1515-1555
A Tide of Religious Reform
The Catholic Reformation
Europe Erupts Again: A Century of Religious Warfare, 1559-1648
Life After the Reformation
Chapter 12. Faith, Fortune, and Fame: European Expansion, 1450-1700
The World Imagined
The World Discovered
Confrontation of Cultures
The World Market and Commercial Revolution
The World Transformed
Chapter 13. The Struggle for Survival and Sovereignty: Europe's Social and Political Order, 1600-1715
Stresses in Traditional Society
Royal Absolutism in France
The Struggle for Sovereignty in Eastern Europe
The Triumph of Constitutionalism
Chapter 14. A New World of Reason and Reform: The Scientific Revolution and the Enlightenment, 1600-1800
Questioning Truth and Authority
Developing a Modern Scientific View
Supporting and Spreading Science
Laying the Foundations for the Enlightenment
The Enlightenment in Full Stride
Chapter 15. Competing for Power and Wealth: The Old Regime, 1715-1789
Statebuilding and War
The Twilight of Monarchies? The Question of Enlightened Absolutism
Changes in Country and City Life
The Culture of the Elite: Combining the Old and the New
Culture for the Lower Classes
Foreshadowing Upheaval: The American Revolution
Global Context Essay, III: Moving into the Modern World
Chapter 16. Overturning the Political and Social Order: The French Revolution and Napoleon, 1789-1815
"A Great Ferment": Trouble Brewing in France
The Constitutional Monarchy: Establishing a New Order
To the Radical Republic and Back
Chapter 17. Factories, Cities, and Families in the Industrial