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History of Western Society : Complete

History of Western Society : Complete - 8th edition

History of Western Society : Complete - 8th edition

ISBN13: 9780312683610

ISBN10: 0312683618

History of Western Society : Complete by John McKay, John Buckler and Bennett Hill - ISBN 9780312683610
Cover type: Hardback
Edition: 8TH 06
Copyright: 2006
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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History of Western Society : Complete by John McKay, John Buckler and Bennett Hill - ISBN 9780312683610

ISBN13: 9780312683610

ISBN10: 0312683618

Cover type: Hardback
Edition: 8TH 06

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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 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.

  • New! Three new "Images in Society" photo essays promote visual analysis. New coverage includes the Iceman in Chapter 1, Reformation art in Chapter 14, and eighteenth-century London in Chapter 19.
  • Expanded! More emphasis has been placed on a broader view of Europe--particularly Islamic regions--and Europe's place in the world. Chapter 9 includes a new section on Moorish Spain; Chapter 11 discusses Arab influences in Sicily; Chapter 17 includes updated coverage of the Ottoman Empire; and Chapter 27 focuses on the effects of World War I on Arab nations.
  • Expanded! The Eighth Edition devotes greater attention to women and gender issues. Expanded coverage includes Spartan and Athenian women, Roman women and childrearing, women in the Crusades, women's economic roles during the Renaissance, witch hunts, and British women's role in imperialism.
  • Revised! The final chapter has been heavily revised to include more coverage of globalization and the changing face of Europe. New sections have also been added on September 11th and the Iraq War, and the effects of each on international relations.
  • Updated! Approximately one-third of the "Listening to the Past" and "Individuals in Society" features have been updated.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

1. Origins

What is History and Why?
From Caves to Towns
Mesopotamian Civilization
The Spread of Mesopotamian Culture
Egypt, The Land of the Pharaohs (3100-1200 B.C.)
The Hittites
The Fall of Empires and the Survival of Cultures (ca 1200 B.C.)

2. Small Kingdoms and Mighty Empires in the Near East

Recovery and Diffusion
A Shattered Egypt and a Rising Phoenicia
The Children of Israel
Assyria, the Military Monarchy
The Empire of the Persian Kings

3. The Legacy of Greece

Hellas: The Land
The Polis
The Archaic Age (800-500 B.C.)
The Classical Period (500-338 B.C.)
The Final Act (404-338 B.C.)

4. Hellenistic Diffusion

Alexander and the Great Crusade
Alexander's Legacy
The Spread of Hellenism
The Economic Scope of the Hellenistic World
Hellenistic Intellectual Advances

5. The Rise of Rome

The Land and the Sea
The Etruscans and Rome (750-509 B.C.)
The Roman Conquest of Italy (509-290 B.C.)
The Roman State
Social Conflict in Rome
Roman Expansion
Old Values and Greek Culture
The Late Republic (133-31 B.C.)

6. The Pax Romana

Augustus's Settlement (31 B.C.-A.D. 14)
The Coming of Christianity
The Julio-Claudians and the Flavians (27 B.C.-A.D. 96)
The Age of the "Five Good Emperors" (A.D. 96-180)
Life in the "Golden Age"
Civil Wars and Invasions in the Third Century
Reconstruction Under Diocletian and Constantine (A.D. 284-337)
From the Classical World to Late Antiquity (ca. A.D. 200-700)

7. The Making of Europe

The Growth of the Christian Church
Christian Attitudes Toward Classical Culture
Christian Monasticism
The Migration of the Germanic Peoples
Germanic Society
The Byzantine East (ca 400-788)
The Arabs and Islam

8. The Carolingian World: Europe in the Early Middle Ages

The Frankish Kingdom and the Emergence of the Carolingians
The Empire of Charlemagne
The Carolingian Slave Trade
The Carolingian Intellectual Revival
Aristocratic Resurgence
Feudalism and the Historians
Great Invasions of the Ninth Century

9. Revival, Recovery, Reform, and Expansion

Political Revival
Population, Climate, and Mechanization
Revival and Reform in the Christian Church
The Gregorian Revolution
The Crusades
The Expansion of Latin Christendom

10. Life in Christian Europe in the High Middle Ages

Those Who Work
Those Who Fight
Those Who Pray

11. The Creativity and Vitality of the High Middle Ages

Medieval Origins of the Modern State
Unification and Communication
Law and Justice
Towns and Economic Revival
Medieval Universities
Gothic Art
Heresy and the Friars
A Challenge to Religious Authority

12. The Crisis of the Later Middle Ages

Prelude to Disaster
The Black Death
The Hundred Years' War (ca 1337-1453)
The Decline of the Church's Prestige
The Life of the People
Vernacular Literature

13. European Society in the Age of the Renaissance

The Evolution of the Italian Renaissance
Intellectual Hallmarks of the Renaissance
Art and the Artist
Social Change
The Renaissance in the North
Politics and the State in the Renaissance (ca 1450-1521)

14. Reform and Renewal in the Christian Church

The Condition of the Church (ca 1400-1517)
Martin Luther and the Birth of Protestantism
Germany and the Protestant Reformation
The Growth of the Protestant Reformation
The Catholic Reformation and the Counter-Reformation

15. The Age of Religious Wars and European Expansion

Politics, Religion, and War
Discovery, Reconnaissance, and Expansion
Later Explorers
Changing Attitudes
Literature and Art

16. Absolutism and Constitutionalism in Western Europe (ca 1589-1715)


17. Absolutism in Eastern Europe to 1740

Lords and Peasants in Eastern Europe
The Rise of Austria and Prussia
The Development of Russia
Absolutism and Baroque Architecture

18. Toward a New World-view

The Scientific Revolution
The Enlightenment
The Enlightenment and Absolutism

19. The Expansion of Europe in the Eighteenth Century

Agriculture and the Land
The Beginning of the Population Explosion
The Growth of Cottage Industry
Building the Atlantic Economy

20. The Changing Life of the People

Marriage and the Family
Children and Education
Food and Medical Practice
Religion and Popular Culture

21. The Revolution in Politics, 1775-1815

Liberty and Equality
The American Revolutionary Era, 1775-1789
The French Revolution, 1789-1791
World War and Republican France, 1791-1799
The Napoleonic Era, 1799-1815

22. The Revolution in Energy and Industry

The Industrial Revolution in Britain
Industrialization in Continental Europe
Capital and Labor

23. Ideologies and Upheavals, 1815-1850

The Peace Settlement
Radical Ideas and Early Socialism
The Romantic Movement
Reforms and Revolutions
The Revolutions of 1848

24. Life in the Emerging Urban Society

Taming the City
Rich and Poor and Those in Between
The Changing Family
Science and Thought

25. The Age of Nationalism, 1850-1914

Napoleon III in France
Nation Building in Italy and Germany
Nation Building in the United States
The Modernization of Russia
The Responsive National State, 1871-1914
Marxism and the Socialist Movement

26. The West and the World

Industrialization and the World Economy
The Great Migration
Western Imperialism
Responses to Western Imperialism

27. The Great Break: War and Revolution

The First World War
The Home Front
The Russian Revolution
The Peace Settlement

28. The Age of Anxiety

Uncertainty in Modern Thought
Modern Art and Music
Movies and Radio
The Search for Peace and Political Stability
The Great Depression, 1929-1939

29. Dictatorships and the Second World War

Authoritarian States
Stalin's Soviet Union
Mussolini and Fascism in Italy
Hitler and Nazism in Germany
Nazi Expansion and the Second World War

30. Cold War Conflicts and Social Transformations, 1945-1985

The Division of Europe
The Western Renaissance, 1945-1968
Soviet Eastern Europe, 1945-1968
Postwar Social Transformations, 1945-1968
Conflict and Challenge in the Late Cold War, 1968-1985

31. Revolution, Rebuilding, and New Challenges: 1985 to the Present

The Decline of Communism in Eastern Europe
The Revolutions of 1989
Building a New Europe in the 1990s
New Challenges in the Twenty-first Century
The Future in Perspective