Civilization in the West, Volume 2 (since 1555) (7th Edition)

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9780205556861: Civilization in the West, Volume 2 (since 1555) (7th Edition)

Civilization in the West blends social and political history with an exceptional map and image program to engage students and bring history to life.

 

The authors tell a compelling story of Western Civilization that is enhanced by an image-based approach.   “The Visual Record” chapter openers draw students in by using illustrations that underscore a dominant theme of the chapter. New “Image Discovery” features guide students to interrogate images, understand their contexts, and unpack their multiple meanings. The dramatic, changing contours of the West are explored through an exceptional map program, through Map Discovery features, and through Geographical Tours of Europe.  

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Civilization in the West, Seventh Edition, Volume II Mark Kishlansky, et al.

“This text is clear, well-organized, and easy for my students to follow. I have never had more satisfied students over a thirty-five year career.”

–Don Mohr, University of Alaska — Anchorage

“Students typically associate a history classes with being dull and dreary with an accompanying dry text. This book entices students to read the chapters not only because they are assigned but because the students are eager to read them.”

–Janilyn M. Kocher, Richland Community College

“I have seen texts that are dry, monotonous, and chocked with detail. I have seen others that present the material so lightly that it may blow away. This text is a combination of detailed information in an engaging and interesting presentation.”

–John S. Kemp, Truckee Meadows Community College

In Civilization in the West, the dramatic, changing contours of Western Civilization are explored through a compelling narrative and a rich image-based approach. In the new Seventh Edition, updated throughout, the authors blend social and political history with an exceptional map and image program to engage students and make the material more accessible.

New to this edition

  • “Image Discovery” features appear in every chapter and help students approach images as important historical texts.
  • New “West in the Wider World” essays: Chapter 18, “The Siege of Vienna;” Chapter 25, “Babylon Discovered;” and Chapter 29, “Mahatma Gandhi’s Legacy.”
  • New primary source documents: Chapter 14 now includes “The Heart and Stomach of a King,” in which Queen Elizabeth rallies her subjects to oppose the invasion of English by the Spanish Armada; Chapter 19 now contains excerpts from Voltaire’s great comic novel, Candide; the Treaty of Versailles is excerpted in Chapter 26; and Chapter 30 now includes both Vaclav Havel’s address to Czechoslovakia from January 1, 1990 and a press release from London Mayor Ken Livingstone regarding his commitment, and that of 21 other mayors from major cities around the world, to reducing greenhouse gases.
  • An expanded Glossary contains over 60 new key terms.

Available versions of Civilization in the West
Single Volume Edition ISBN 0-205-55684-1
Volume I (to 1715) ISBN 0-205-55685-X
Volume II (since 1555) ISBN 0-205-55686-8
Volume A (to 1500) 0-205-55687-6
Volume B (from 1350 to 1850) 0-205-55688-4
Volume C (since 1789) 0-205-55689-2

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About the Author:

Mark Kishlansky
Mark Kishlansky is Frank B. Baird, Jr. Professor of English and European History and Associate Dean of the Faculty at Harvard University. Before joining the Harvard Faculty he taught for sixteen years at the University of Chicago where he was a member of the Committee on Social Thought. Professor Kishlansky is a specialist on seventeenth-century English political history and has written, among other works, A Monarchy Transformed, The Rise of the New Model Army and Parliamentary Selection: Social and Political Choice in Early Modern England. From 1984­1991 he was editor of the Journal of British Studies. He is currently writing a history of the reign of Charles I entitled The Death of Kings.

Patrick Geary
Holding a Ph.D. in Medieval Studies from Yale University, Patrick Geary has broad experience in interdisciplinary approaches to European history and civilization. He has served as the Director of the Medieval Institute at the University of Notre Dame as well as Director for the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at UCLA where he is currently Professor of History. He has also held positions at the University of Florida and Princeton University and has taught at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris and the University of Vienna. His many publications include Readings in Medieval History; Before France and Germany: The Creation and Transformation of the Merovingian World; Furta Sacra: Thefts of Relics in the Central Middle Ages; and Phantoms of Remembrance: Memory and Oblivion at the End of the First Millennium.

Patricia O'Brien
Between 1995 and 1999, Patricia O'Brien worked to foster collaborative interdisciplinary research in the humanities as director of the University of California Humanities Research Institute. Since 1999, she has held the position of dean of the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences at the University of California, Riverside. She has held appointments at the University of California, Irvine, Yale University, and at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris. Professor O¹Brien is a specialist in modern French cultural and social history and has published widely on the history of crime, punishment, cultural theory, urban history, and gender issues. Representative publications include The Promise of Punishment: Prisons in Nineteenth-Century France; "The Kleptomania Diagnosis: Bourgeois Women and Theft in Late Nineteenth-Century France" in Expanding the Past: A Reader in Social History; and "Michel Foucault's History of Culture" in The New Cultural History, edited by Lynn Hunt.

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