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West Encounters and Transformations

ISBN-10: 0132132850
ISBN-13: 9780132132855
Edition: 3rd 2011
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List price: $87.20
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Publication date: 3/5/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 648
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.2

Brian Levack received his Ph.D. from Yale and is thenbsp;John Green Regents Professor in History at University of Texas at Austin. The winner of several teaching awards, Levack teaches a wide variety of courses on British and European history, legal history, and the history of witchcraft.nbsp; His books includeThe Civil Lawyers in England, 1603-1641: A Political Study(1973),The Formation of the British State: England, Scotland and the Union, 1603-1707(1987),The Witch-Hunt in Early Modern Europe(3rd edition, 2006), andWitch-Hunting in Scotland: Law, Politics, and Religion(2008). nbsp; Edward Muir received his Ph.D. from Rutgers University, where he specialized in the Italian Renaissance and did archival research in Venice and Florence, Italy. He is now the Clarence L. Ver Steeg Professor in the Arts and Sciences at Northwestern University and former chair of the history department. At Northwestern he has won several teaching awards. His books includeCivic Ritual in Renaissance Venice(1981),Mad Blood Stirring: Vendetta in Renaissance Italy(1993 and 1998),Ritual in Early Modern Europe(1997 and 2005), andThe Culture Wars of the Late Renaissance: Skeptics, Libertines, and Opera(2007). nbsp; Meredith Veldmannbsp;received a Ph.D. in modern European history, with a concentration in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Britain, from Northwestern University. As an Associate Professor of history and award-winning instructor at Louisiana State University,nbsp;she teaches courses in nineteenth- and twentieth-century British history and twentieth-century Europe, as well as the second half of ldquo;Western Civ.rdquo; Veldman is also the author ofFantasy, the Bomb, and the Greening of Britain: Romantic Protest, 1945ndash;1980(1994).

"What Is the West?"
The Shifting Borders of the West
Changing Identities within the West
Western Values
Asking the Right Questions
The Beginnings of Civilizations, 10,000-1150 B.C.E
Defining Civilization, Defining Western Civilization
Mesopotamia: Kingdoms, Empires, and Conquests
Egypt: the Empire of the Nile
Conclusion: Civilization and the West
The Age of Empires: the International Bronze Age and its Aftermath, ca. 1500-550 B.C.E
The Dynamism of the International Bronze Age
Recovery and Rebuilding: Empires and Societies in the Aftermath of the International Bronze Age
The Civilization of the Hebrews
Conclusion: International Systems, Ancient Empires, and the Roots of Western Civilization
Persians, Hebrews, and Greeks: the Foundations of Western Culture, 1100-336 B.C.E
Greece Rebuilds, 1100���479 B.C.E
The Greek Encounter with Persia
The Classical Age of Greece, 479���336 B.C.E
Conclusion: the Cultural Foundations of the West
Hellenistic Civilization
The Impact of Alexander the Great
Hellenism in the East and West
Hellenistic Society and Culture
Hellenistic Philosophy and Science
Conclusion: Defining the West in the Hellenistic Age
The Roman Republic
The Nature of the Roman Republic
Roman Territorial Expansion
The Culture of the Roman Republic
Social Life in Republican Rome
The End of the Roman Republic
Conclusion: the Roman Republic and the West
Enclosing the West: the Early Roman Empire and Its Neighbors: 31 B.C.E.-235 C.E
The Imperial Center
Life in the Roman Provinces: Assimilation, Resistance, and Romanization
The Frontier and Beyond
Society and Culture in the Imperial Age
Conclusion: Rome Shapes the West
Late Antiquity: the Age of New Boundaries, 250-600
Crisis and Recovery in the Third Century
Toward a Christian Empire
New Christian Communities and Identities
The Break-Up of the Roman Empire
Conclusion: the Age of New Boundaries
Medieval Empires and Borderlands: Byzantium and Islam
Byzantium: the Survival of the Roman Empire
The New World of Islam
Conclusion: Three Cultural Realms
Medieval Empires and Borderlands: the Latin West
The Birth of Latin Christendom
The Carolingians
Invasions and Recovery in the Latin West
The West in the East: the Crusades
Conclusion: An Emerging Unity in the Latin West
Medieval Civilization: the Rise of Western Europe
Two Worlds: Manors and Cities
The Consolidation of Roman Catholicism
Strengthening the Center of the West
Medieval Culture: the Search for Understanding
Conclusion: Asserting Western Culture
The Medieval West in Crisis
A Time of Death
A Cold Wind from the East
Economic Depression and Social Turmoil
An Age of Warfare
A Troubled Church and the Demand for Religious Comfort
The Culture of Loss
Conclusion: Looking Inward
The Italian Renaissance and Beyond: the Politics of Culture
The Cradle of the Renaissance: the Italian City-States
The Influence of Ancient Culture
The Early Modern European State System
Conclusion: the Politics of Culture
The West and the World: the Significance of Global Encounters, 1450-1650
Europeans in Africa
Europeans in the Americas
Europeans in Asia
The Beginnings of the Global System
Conclusion: the Significance of the Global Encounters
The Reformation of Religion
Causes of the Reformation
The Lutheran Reformation
The Diversity of Protestantism
The Catholic Reformation
Conclusion: Competing Understandings
The Age of Confessional Division
The Peoples of Early Modern Europe
Disciplining the People
Hunting Witches
The Confessional States
States and Confessions in Eastern Europe
Conclusion: the Divisions of the West
Absolutism and State-Building in Europe, 1618-1715
The Nature of Absolutism
The Absolutist State in France and Spain
Absolutism and State-Building in Central and Eastern Europe
Resistance to Absolutism in England and the Dutch Republic
Conclusion: the Western State in the Age of Absolutism
The Scientific Revolution
The Discoveries and Achievements of the Scientific Revolution
The Search for Scientific Knowledge
The Causes of the Scientific Revolution
The Intellectual Consequences of the Scientific Revolution
Humans and the Natural World
Conclusion: Science and Western Culture
Glossary
Index

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