Taking Sides Western Civilization Clashing Views on Controversial Issues in Western Civilization

ISBN-10: 0072371552
ISBN-13: 9780072371550
Edition: 2000
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Description: This debate style reader is designed to introduce students to controversies in western civilizations. The readings, which represent the arguments of leading historians and researchers, reflect a variety of viewpoints and have been selected for their  More...

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List price: $67.33
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
Publication date: 4/24/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

This debate style reader is designed to introduce students to controversies in western civilizations. The readings, which represent the arguments of leading historians and researchers, reflect a variety of viewpoints and have been selected for their liveliness and substance and because of their value in a debate framework. This new title will be a beneficial tool to encourage critical thinking on important issues in western civilizations.

Joseph Mitchell came to New York City in 1929 from a small town in North Carolina. He was twenty-one years old. He worked as a reporter & feature writer--for "The World", "The Herald Tribune", & "The World Telegram"--for eight years, & then went to "The New Yorker", where he remained until his death in 1996.

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Does Alexander the Great Merit His Exalted Historical Reputation? Yes: N. G. L. Hammond, from The Genius of Alexander the Great No: E. E. Rice, from Alexander the Great Professor emeritus of Greek N. G. L. Hammond states that research has proven that Alexander the Great is deserving of his esteemed historical reputation. Senior research fellow and lecturer E. E. Rice maintains that, other than his conquests, Alexander the Great left few tangible legacies to merit his exalted historical reputation
Did Christianity Liberate Women? Yes: Karen Jo Torjesen, from When Women Were Priests No: Karen Armstrong, from The Gospel According to Woman: Christianity's Creation of the Sex War in the West Professor of religion and associate of the Institute for Antiquity and Christianity, Karen Jo Torjesen, presents evidence of women deacons, priests, prophets, and bishops during the first millennium of Christianity-all roles that suggest both equality and liberation for women. Professor of religious studies Karen Armstrong finds in the early Christian Church examples of hostility toward women and fear of their sexual power which she contends led to the exclusion of women from full participation in a male-dominated church
Did the Roman Empire Collapse Due to Its Own Weight? Yes: Averil Cameron, from The Later Roman Empire: A.D. 284-430 No: Derek Williams, from Romans and Barbarians: Four Views from the Empire's Edge, First Century A.D. Historian Averil Cameron states that, although the barbarian invasions played a role in the demise of the Roman Empire, internal political, social, and economic problems were primarily responsible for its fall. Writer Derek Williams counters that the barbarian tribes, once Rome's allies, were principally liable for the empire's fall
Did Same-Sex Unions Exist in the Early Middle Ages? Yes: John Boswell, from Same-Sex Unions in Premodern Europe No: Philip Lyndon Reynolds, from "Same-Sex Unions: What Boswell Didn't Find," The Christian Century Yale University history professor John Boswell states that same-sex unions, which date back to pagan times, existed in medieval Europe until they were gradually done away with by the Christian Church. Reviewer Philip Lyndon Reynolds, while admitting that "brotherhood" ceremonies took place in medieval Europe, asserts that these ceremonies did not have the same authority as sacred unions and therefore cannot be equated with marriage rites
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Did Women and Men Benefit Equally from the Renaissance? Yes: Mary R. Beard, from Woman as Force in History: A Study in Traditions and

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