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Summary: Based on the widely acclaimed survey text, The Making of the West: Peoples and Cultures, and condensed by the authors themselves, A Concise History retains the unique chronological synthesis, broad coverage, and geographic inclusion of the original work while providing an even sharper, more focused treatment of the historical development of the West. A tradebook format, full-color design, the richest map and art programs available in a brief edition, and a thoroughly integrated sourc ...show moree collection combine with the clear, compelling narrative for a textbook that will spark the historical imagination as it captures student interest. ...show lessEdition/Copyright: 03
Hunt, Lynn : University of California at Los Angeles
Lynn Hunt, Eugen Weber Professor of Modern European History at University of California at Los Angeles, received her B.A. from Carleton College and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Stanford University. She is the author of Revolution and Urban Politics in Provincial France (1978), Politics, Culture, and Class in the French Revolution (1984), and The Family Romance of the French Revolution (1992); she is also the co-author of Telling the Truth about History (1994), co-author of Liberty, Equality, Fraternity: Exploring the French Revolution (2001, with CD-ROM), editor of The New Cultural History (1989), editor and translator of The French Revolution and Human Rights (1996), and co-editor of Histories: French Constructions of the Past (1995), Beyond the Cultural Turn (1999), and Human Rights and Revolutions(2000). She has been awarded fellowships by the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is president of the American Historical Association in 2002.
Martin, Thomas : College of the Holy Cross
Thomas Martin, Jeremiah O'Connor Professor in Classics at the College of the Holy Cross, earned his B.A. at Princeton University and his M.A. and Ph.D. at Harvard University. He is the author of Sovereignty and Coinage in Classical Greece (1985) and Ancient Greece (1996, 2000) and one of the originators of Perseus: Interactive Sources and Studies on Ancient Greece (1992, 1996, and www.perseus.tufts.edu), which, among other awards, was named the EDUCOM Best Software in Social Sciences (History) in 1992. He also wrote the lead article on ancient Greece for the revised edition of the Encarta electronic encyclopedia. He serves on the editorial board of STOA (www.stoa.org) and as co-director of its DEMOS project (on-line resources on ancient Athenian democracy). A recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Council of Learned Societies, he is currently conducting research on the history and significance of freedom of speech in Athenian democracy.
Rosenwein, Barbara H. : Loyola University of Chicago
Barbara H. Rosenwein, Professor of History at Loyola University of Chicago, earned her B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. at the University of Chicago. She is the author of Rhinoceros Bound: Cluny in the Tenth Century (1982), To Be the Neighbor of Saint Peter: The Social Meaning of Cluny's Property, 909-1049 (1989), Negotiating Space: Power, Restraint, and Privileges of Immunity in Early Medieval Europe (1999), and A Short History of the Middle Ages (2001). She is also the editor of Anger's Past: The Social Uses of an Emotion in the Middle Ages (1998) and co-editor of Debating the Middle Ages: Issues and Readings (1998) and Monks and Nuns, Saints and Outcasts: Religion in Medieval Society (2000). A recipient of Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Humanities fellowships, she is currently working on a history of emotions in the Early Middle Ages.
Hsia, R. Po-chia : Pennsylvania State University
R. Po-chia Hsia, Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of History at Pennsylvania State University, received his B.A. from Swarthmore College and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Yale University. He is the author of Society and Religion in Munster, 1535-1618 (1984), The Myth of Ritual Murder: Jews and Magic in Reformation Germany (1988), Social Discipline in the Reformation: Central Europe 1550-1750 (1989), Trent 1475: Stories of a Ritual Murder Trial (1992), and The World of the Catholic Renewal (1997). He has edited The German People and the Reformation (1998), In and Out of the Ghetto: Jewish-Gentile Relations in Late Medieval and Early Modern Germany (1995), Calvinism and Religious Toleration in the Dutch Golden Age (2002), and Blackwell Companion to the Worlds of the Reformation (forthcoming). An Academician at the Academia Sinica, Taiwan, he has also been awarded fellowships by the Woodrow Wilson International Society of Scholars, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Davis Center of Princeton University, the Mellon Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the American Academy in Berlin. Currently he is working on the cultural contacts between Europe and Asia between the 16th and 18th centuries.
Smith, Bonnie G. : Rutgers University
Bonnie G. Smith, Board of Governors Distinguished Professor of History at Rutgers University, earned her B.A. at Smith College and her M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Rochester. She is the author of Ladies of the Leisure Class (1981), Confessions of a Concierge: Madame Lucie's History of Twentieth-Century France (1985), Changing Lives: Women in European History Since 1700 (1989), The Gender of History: Men, Women and Historical Practice (1998), and Imperialism (2000); she is also the co-author and translator of What Is Property? (1994), editor of Global Feminisms Since 1945 (2000), and co-editor of Objects of Modernity: Selected Writings of Lucy Maynard Salmon, and the forthcoming Oxford series in world history and Oxford Encyclopedia of Women in World History. She has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Humanities Center, the Davis Center of Princeton University, and the American Council of Learned Societies. Currently she is studying the globalization of European culture and society after World War Two.
"Other brief texts skimp on non-traditional areas. The Making of the West: A Concise History does an excellent job providing social and cultural context for political and military developments."
--Marjorie Berman, Red Rocks Community College
"I adore the full-length book, and I'm delighted by the option of a brief edition. The Making of the West makes complex events and issues accessible without oversimplifying them. It has raised the intellectual tenor of classroom discussion and presentations.
--Andrea Orzoff, New Mexico State University
"The full-length text is, in a word, excellent. Chapters are organized chronologically, with each tightly knit around a common theme, making history more understandable and relevant. All aspects of life, not just politics, are covered in each chapter. The writing is superb and the judgments balanced and nuanced. Our survey of Western civilization is a one-semester course, however, and The Making of the West: Peoples and Cultures offers just too much reading. This is why A Concise History is important to me."
--James P. Vanstone, John Abbott College
"This is a wonderful textbook that 'works' from both the teacher's and the student's perspective. It provides an excellent blend of clear, concise overview on the one hand and colorful anecdotal material that illustrates themes and keeps students' interest on the other. Additionally, the great content is packaged and presented beautifully."
--Patrick F. McDevitt, University of New York at Buffalo
Bedford/St. Martin's Web Site, January, 2004
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