Summary: A bestseller in its field, A History of Western Society examines the lives of both historical figures and ordinary people, using an engaging, lively writing style to capture and maintain student interest. The authors pay careful attention to political and cultural phenomena, providing a balanced account of Western history as a whole.
In addition to its emphasis on social history, the Eighth Edition retains the text's hallmark pedagogical features and visual ...show more appeal. "Images in Society"--two-page photo essays--compare visual sources from similar periods and teach students to analyze these sources as historical data. In order to promote critical thinking, "Listening to the Past" features present primary source documents and "Questions for Analysis" that reinforce themes in social history. "Individuals in Society" biography features focus on the impact of historical events on an individual or group and explain the actions taken by those people. The text's photo and map programs demonstrate a strong relationship between the narrative and illustrations.