THE WESTERN PERSPECTIVE is a history of Western civilization from 8000 B.C. to the present. In addition to the chief political developments, this text offers students comprehensive treatments of economic trends, cultural and intellectual movements, daily life and social change, the changing position and role of women, and the status of ethnic and religious groups. Europe's history is placed in the context of world history--developments in Africa, Asia, the Americas, and the Pacific are discussed in terms of their relationship with events in Europe.
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Born in New York City, Philip V. Cannistraro is an authority on modern Italian history and the Italian-American experience. He studied in both the undergraduate and graduate programs at New York University and is now Distinguished Professor at Queens College and at the Graduate School, the City University of New York. Professor Cannistraro serves on the boards of several journals and is editor of THE ITALIAN AMERICAN REVIEW. He has written or edited a number of books, including CIVILIZATION OF THE WORLD (with R. Greaves, R. Murphey, and R. Zaller, 3/e., 1997), LA FABBRICA DEL CONSENSO: FASCISMO E MASS MEDIA (1975), FASCISMO, CHIESA E EMIGRAZIONE with G. Rosoli, 1979), HISTORICAL DICTIONARY OF FASCIST ITALY (1981), and IL DUCE'S OTHER WOMAN, a biography of Margherita Sarfatti (with B. Sullivan, 1993).
A native of England, John J. Reich was trained as a classical archaeologist and did both his undergraduate and graduate work at the University of Manchester. He is an authority on Minoan civilization, pre-Roman Italy, and music. Professor Reich is associated with the Syracuse University study program in Florence, Italy. Reich lectures frequently in Europe and the United States on history, art, and the humanities and is the author of many scholarly articles and several books, including ITALY BEFORE ROME (1979).
"We plan our teaching and learning in a Learning Community format in Italy. Courses offered will include, W. Civ, Government, English Comp., World Literature, Humanities, Cultural Studies, Speech, Art and Design, Art History, Photography, Italian, and Walking for Fitness! Teaching methods will relate material in every course to every other. I recently introduced this text to the other faculty members who are now considering using it as a basic text for every student in the program. I think it will lend itself well to the Learning Community format and we are excited to proceed with preparing our teaching and learning using this resource."
"I would say the Cannistraro book is the best all-around text on the market. It is especially good on the cultural and social aspects, but gives the other aspects its due weight. What I have noticed is that the students read it. I always had my doubts about other texts."
"The text doesn't stray from the topic. On the contrary, reference back to the topic being discussed is offered with needed regularity. There is also a balance between what might be called interesting 'tid-bits' (the students like these), for example, Maria Theresa's calling Catherine the Great, 'Lady Prayerful,' with the overall flow of what was going on."
"This text is the best of its kind in print. It is clear and precise with sufficient facts to illustrate the themes and it does not push politically correct points of view as so many of its rivals try to do. Yet it has a solid political basis. The organization is generally good and the scholarship generally adequate for a work at this level and this breadth. Even students lacking preparation as so many do today, if they are diligent and are not overburdened with family problems or work can master the information. I recommend it highly and will continue to use it while teaching this course."
"My first impression...is that it is concise, direct and easy to read. ...As history is cause and effect, the text is effective in presenting perspectives and guiding the reader along a critical thinking path."
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Book Description Wadsworth Pub Co, 1998. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0030456436
Book Description Wadsworth Publishing, 1998. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0030456436
Book Description Wadsworth Publishing, 1998. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110030456436