For introductory courses in Western Civilization. This text explains why Western civilization is worth knowing about. It takes a consistently topical approach, stressing social and cultural themes in conjunction with the political narrative, and incorporates significant discussion of peoples and civilizations outside the boundaries of the West. Written by a single author, it is accompanied by rich visual images, textual excerpts, "boxes", timelines, charts and maps, all closely related to the narrative.
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This book explains why western civilization is worth knowing about by presenting a consistently topical approach stressing social and cultural themes over the political narrative, incorporating significant discussion of peoples and civilizations outside the boundaries of the West. It focuses on social/economic history including gender roles, family and children, elite groups, urban/rural contrasts, cities and associations, commerce and manufacture and technological innovation. Written by a single author, it offers rich visual images, textual excerpts, timelines, charts and maps, all closely related to the narrative. Presents social and historical events important to Western Civilization from 1700's to the present including the Revolt and Reorganization in Europe, Machines in the Garden, Lives of the Other Half, The Western Imperium, Storm, Stress and Doubt, The Mighty Are Fallen, The Triumph of Uncertainty, The Failures of Totalitarianism. The End of Imperialism and Western Civilization today. Historians or anyone interested in a social, topical approach to Western Civilization with a global perspective.
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