West, The: A Narrative History to 1660, Volume 1, 3rd edition

Published by Pearson (February 28, 2012) © 2013

  • A Daniel Frankforter The Pennsylvania State University
  • William M. Spellman University of North Carolina at Asheville

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West, The: A Narrative History to 1660, Volume 1
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West, The: A Narrative History to 1660, Volume 1
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The book students will read: Concise. Relevant. Accessible.

The West: A Narrative History is a concise but not abridged introduction to the West, encompassing all cultures that trace their ancestry to the ancient Mediterranean world. It is not a reduced version of a larger study, but a full narrative of the West written concisely.

This learning program is built around a Key Question in every chapter, a feature that shows students why western civilization is relevant for them. Students will discover the key questions that define the past are in many ways the same key questions of today. Since students often see conflict between a Christian “West” and an Islamic “East” in today’s society, the authors highlight the ongoing role the Middle East has played in shaping the West. Students will understand the links between people of the West and those in other regions.

The West is an accessible program available in several formats to give instructors and students more choices and more ways to save. With the release of the 3rd edition, The West becomes an integrated program tied closely to the new MyHistoryLab.

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  • Personalize Learning – The new MyHistoryLab delivers proven results in helping students succeed, provides engaging experiences that personalize learning, and comes from a trusted partner with educational expertise and a deep commitment to helping students and instructors achieve their goals.
  • Improve Critical Thinking – Each chapter opens with a Key Question and a brief Key Question essay. The Key Question is revisited at the end of the chapter, and MyHistoryLab Icons and Connections features ensure close integration with the new MyHistoryLab.
  • Engage Students – Maps, illustrations, and a biography feature promote discussion of the narrative.
  • Support Instructors - MyHistoryLab, Annotated Instructor’s eText, Class Preparation Tool, Instructor’s Manual, MyTest, and PowerPoints are available.

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Found in this section:

1. Brief Table of Contents

2. Full Table of Contents


1. BRIEF TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction

Part I Departure Prehistory to 1000 B.C.E.

Chapter 1 The Birth of Civilization

Chapter 2 The Rise of Empires and the Beginning of the Iron Age

Part II The Classical Era 2000 B.C.E. to 30 C.E.

Chapter 3 Aegean Civilizations

Chapter 4 The Hellenic Era

Chapter 5 The Hellenistic Era and the Rise of Rome

Chapter 6 Rome’s Empire and the Unification of the Western World

Part III The Division of the West 300 to 1300

Chapter 7 The West’s Medieval Civilizations

Chapter 8 The Emergence of Europe

Chapter 9 Europe Turns Outward

Chapter 10 Europe’s High Middle Ages

Part IV Challenges, Conflicts, and Departures 1300 to 1700

Chapter 11 Challenges to the Medieval Order

Chapter 12 Renaissance and Exploration

Chapter 13 Reformation, Religious Wars, and National Conflicts


2. FULL TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction

Part I — Departure Prehistory to 1000 B.C.E.

Chapter 1: The Birth of Civilization

Key Question: How do environments shape human communities and human communities alter environments?

The Evolution of the Prehistoric Cultures

The Archaic States

The Origin of Civilization in Mesopotamia: Sumer

The Rise of Civilization in Egypt

Chapter 2: The Rise of Empires and the Beginning of the Iron Age

Key Question: Does civilization promote or intensify divisions among peoples?

The Transition States

Imperial Egypt: The New Kingdom

The Indo-Europeans and the Clash of Empires

The Bible and History

Part II — The Classical Era 2000 B.C.E. to 30 C.E.

Chapter 3: Aegean Civilizations

Key Question: When does civilization in the West become “Western” civilization?

Minoan Mentors

The Mycenaeans, Greece’s First Civilization

The Aegean Dark Age

The Hellenic Era

The Rise of the Mainland Powers

The Persian Wars: Crucible of a Civilization

Chapter 4: The Hellenic Era

Key Question: What did the Greeks contribute to the development of modern civilization?

Persian Wars as Catalyst

The Peloponnesian War

Intellectual and Artistic Life in the Polis

Chapter 5: The Hellenistic Era and the Rise of Rome

Key Question: What circumstances are likely to undermine governments by the people?

The Hellenistic Era

The Origin of Rome

The Roman Republic

Rome’s Civil War

Chapter 6: Rome ’s Empire and the Unification of the Western World

Key Question: Do people prefer order to liberty?

The Augustan Era

Order and Continuity: The Dynastic Option

Order and Continuity: The Elective Option

Life in an Imperial Environment

The Decline of Rome

Part III — The Division of the West 300 to 1300

Chapter 7: The West’s Medieval Civilizations

Key Question: Should freedom of religion be limited?

The Christian Element

The German Element

The Byzantine Empire of Constantinople

Islam

Chapter 8: The Emergence of Europe

Key Question: How did Europe build on its legacies from the ancient world?

The Merovingian Kingdom: Europe’s Nucleus

The Franks’ Neighbors

The Carolingian Era

Retrenchment and Reorganization

The Culture of Europe’s Dark Age

Chapter 9: Europe Turns Outward

Key Question: Was conflict among the medieval civilizations inevitable?

Islam’s Crest and Byzantium’s Resurgence

The Reorganization of Feudal Europe

The Eleventh-Century Turning Point

Chapter 10: Europe ’s High Middle Ages

Key Question: Why are some societies more open to change than others?

The Renaissance of the Twelfth Century

Universities and Scholasticism

Religious Revival and Diversity of Opinion

The Artistic Vision of the High Middle Ages

Government in the High Middle Ages

Part IV — Challenges, Conflicts, and Departures 1300 to 1700

Chapter 11: Challenges to the Medieval Order

Key Question: What did the crises of the late medieval era reveal about the strengths and weaknesses of Europe’s civilization?

Challenges from Nature

Turmoil in the Middle East

Spiritual Crises

Political Responses: The Burdens of War

Chapter 12: Renaissance and Exploration

Key Question: How should a society use its history?

The Context for the Renaissance

The Culture of the Renaissance

The Northern Renaissance

The Middle East: The Ottoman Empire

Europe and Atlantic Exploration

Chapter 13: Reformation, Religious Wars, and National Conflicts

Key Question: How do civilized societies justify war?

The Lutheran Reformation

The Swiss Reformation

The Catholic Reformation

The Habsburg-Valois Wars

England’s Ambivalent Reformation

Convergence of Foreign and Domestic Politics: England, Spain, and France

The Final Religious Upheaval

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