A Brief History of Western Civilization: The Unfinished Legacy, Volume I (to 1715) (5th Edition)

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Concise and engaging, A Brief History of Western Civilization, Fifth Edition, brings the study of Western Civilization alive with balanced coverage of a wide array of historical figures and events. Fully integrated coverage of social-as well as economic, religious, and cultural history within a traditional, political framework makes this text stand apart from others in the field. Accessible and well written, this balanced text explores everyday events and ordinary people as well as momentous affairs and powerful elites.

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A Brief History of Western Civilization: The Unfinished Legacy, Fifth Edition

Mark Kishlansky / Patrick Geary / Patricia O’Brien

Balanced in coverage and beautifully written, A Brief History of Western Civilization explores everyday occurrences and ordinary people as well as major events and powerful elites. Noted for its exceptional visual program of images and maps, the book is designed specifically to engage students actively in the study of the West.

Features of the Fifth Edition

  • New! “The West and the Wider World,” illustrated two-page essays, place the history of the West in context with the rest of the world so that students get a broader picture of the evolution of “the West.”
  • New! “Map Discovery” features in each chapter encourage students to study and analyze the maps and connect them with the chapter content.
  • Three new “The Visual Record” pictorial chapter openers are included. All openers contain a section entitled “Looking Ahead” that links the subject of the opener to the major topics and themes of the chapter.
  • New! Key terms and a glossary have been added to alert students to important concepts and provide them with a reference tool as they read the text.

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A Brief History of Western Civilization, Fifth Edition, is available in three formats:

Single-Volume Edition (Chapters 1-30) 0-321-43104-9
Volume I: To 1715 (Chapters 1-16) 0-321-44997-5
Volume II: Since 1555 (Chapters 14-30) 0-321-44996-7

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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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