Summary: This book focuses on the historical component of the Humanities course, and on intellectual history in particular. It pays close attention to the lives of individuals, highlighting the human aspect of great artists and thinkers; an abundance of biographical information allows students to see these figures as real people with concrete motivations for creating great historical works. The text contains a number of pedagogical features, which are especially helpful for
students who have no background in humanities. Comparative timelines begin each part of the book, allowing students to visualize and compare historic events in four topic areas: politics and economy, art and architecture, literature and music, and philosophy and religion. Each chapter contains key terms, a glossary, and a chapter-ending summary.
Summary: This book focuses on the historical component of the Humanities course, and on intellectual history in particular. It pays close attention to the lives of individuals, highlighting the human aspect of great artists and thinkers; an abundance of biographical information allows students to see these figures as real people with concrete motivations for creating great historical works. The text contains a number of pedagogical features, which are especially helpful for students who have no background in humanities. Comparative timelines begin each part of the book, allowing students to visualize and compare historic events in four topic areas: politics and economy, art and architecture, literature and music, and philosophy and religion. Each chapter contains key terms, a glossary, and a chapter-ending summary. ...show less
Edition/Copyright:03 Cover: Paperback Publisher:Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Year Published: 2003 International: No
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VOLUME I I. The Ancient World
1. The Ancient Near East: The First Civilizations
Prehistory The Rise to Civilization Mesopotamian Civilization Egyptian Civilization Persia: Unifier of the Near East The Religious Orientation of the Ancient Near East World Cultures Feature: The Origins of Hinduism in India
2. The Hebrews: A New View of God and the Individual
Early Hebrew History God: One, Sovereign, Transcendent, Good The Individual and Moral Autonomy The Covenant and the Law The Hebrew Idea of History The Prophets The Bible as Literature Art and Music The Legacy of the Ancient Jews
3. Hellenic Civilization I: From Myth to Reason
Early Aegean Civilizations Evolution of City-States The Decline of the City-States Early Greek Literature Greek Religion Philosophy in the Hellenic Age The Enduring Impact of Greek Philosophy
4. The Arts and Literature in the Hellenic Age: The Birth of Humanism
Lyric Poetry Music Drama The Greek View of History Hellenic Art The Greek Achievement: Reason, Freedom, Humanism World Cultures Feature: Confucianism
5. The Hellenistic Age: Cultural Diffusion
Alexander the Great Hellenistic Society Hellenistic Culture Hellenistic Art The Hellenistic Legacy World Cultures Feature: The Art of Governing According to Han Fei Tzu
6. Roman Civilization: The Expansion of Hellenism
Evolution of the Roman Republic The Foundations of the Roman Empire The Decline of Rome Republican Culture: Philosophy and Literature Roman Culture During the Pax Romana Law Cultural Stagnation and Transformation Roman Art The Roman Legacy World Cultures Feature: Later Hinduism--the Bhagavad-Gita
7. Early Christianity
The Origins of Christianity The Spread and Triumph of Christianity Development of Christian Organizations and Attitudes Early Christian Theology and Literature Early Christian Art Christianity and Classical Humanism: Alternative World-Views
II. The Middle Ages
8. The Medieval East: Byzantium and Islam
A Survey of Byzantine History Byzantine Learning Byzantine Music Byzantine Art and Architecture The Origins and Expansion of Islam The Decline of the Arab Empire The Theology of Islam Inner Divisions: Sunnites, Shi'ites, and Sufis Muslim Society Islamic Thought Islamic Literature Islamic Art and Architecture The Legacies of Byzantium and Islam
9. The Early Medieval West: Fusion of Classical, Christian, and Germanic Traditions
The Rise of Latin Christendom Early Medieval Thought: the Waning of Classical Culture Early Medieval Literature Early Medieval Art The Birth of Europe World Cultures Feature: The Pillow Book: The Journal of Sei Shonagon
10. The High Middle Ages I: The Flowering of Medieval Thought
Economic Expansion: Agricultural Improvements and Revival of Trade The Rise of States Medieval Religion: Devotion, Power, Heresy Revival of Learning Philosophy-Theology Science The Recovery of Roman Law The Medieval World-View World Cultures Feature: Lu Yu: Chinese Bard
11. The High Middle Ages II: The Flowering of Medieval Literature, Art, and Music
Medieval Literature Medieval Art Pictorial Art Medieval Music World Cultures Feature: Popol Vuh: Mayan Creation Myth
12. The Late Middle Ages: Crisis, Continuity, and Change
The Fourteenth Century: An Age of Adversity The Decline of the Papacy Late Medieval Thought Late Medieval Literature: Continuity with Traditional Themes Late Medieval Literature: New Directions Late Medieval Art The Ars Nova (New Art) in Music The Middle Ages and the Modern World: Continuity and Discontinuity World Cultures Feature: Ibn Battuta: World Traveler
VOLUME II III. The Early Modern West: From the Renaissance to the Enlightenment
13. The Italian Renaissance
The Break with the Middle Ages Renaissance Thought and Literature Italian Renaissance Art Music The Renaissance and the Rise of Modernity
14. The Northern Renaissance and Reformation: Early Humanism and the Rise of Protestantism
Early Northern Humanism The Protestant Reformation
15. Later Humanism, Art, and Music
Literature Art of Northern Europe Later Italian Art Music The Humanist Tradition
16. The Age of the Baroque in Literature, Art, and Music
Literature Art Music The Baroque Legacy
17. The Scientific Revolution and the Enlightenment: Intellectual Transformations
The Medieval View of the Universe A New View of Nature The Age of Enlightenment: Affirmation of Reason and Freedom
18. The Arts in the Age of Enlightenment
English Literature French Literature Art Music Enlightenment Values and the Arts
IV. The Modern West: From Classicism to Modernism
19. The Arts in the Era of the French Revolution
The French Revolution and Napoleon Art Classical Music Neoclassicism and the End of an Era
20. Age of Romanticism: A New Cultural Orientation
The Rise of Ideologies The Romantic Revolt Against the Enlightenment Goethe and German Romanticism English Romantic Poetry The Novel in the Age of Romanticism Creating a Truly American Literature Romantic Art Romantic Music The Impact of the Romantic Movement
21.Thought and Literature in an Age of Science and Industrialism: Realism, Secularism, and Reform
The Historical Setting Currents of Thought European Literature American Literature Literature as Social Commentary
22. Realism, Impressionism, and Later Romanticism in Art and Music
Realism in Art Impressionism Architecture Later Romanticism in Music Nationalism and the Arts
V. Modernism and Beyond
23. Modern Consciousness: New Views of Nature and Human Nature
Politics and Society Currents of Thought The Modernist Movement Modernist Literature Modernism in Art Music The Enlightenment in Disarray
24. World War I and Its Aftermath: The Lost Generation and the Jazz Age
World War I and the Russian Revolution Literature Art Music
25. The Era of Totalitarianism and World War II: Descent into the Abyss
Western Civilization in Crisis Literature Art Music The Modern Predicament
26. The Contemporary Age
A New Europe and a New World Thought Literature Art Music The Motion Picture Industry The Western Tradition in a Global Age
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