Civilization A New History of the Western World

ISBN-10: 1933648767
ISBN-13: 9781933648767
Edition: N/A
Authors: Roger Osborne
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List price: $18.95
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 3/1/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 544
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.650
Language: English

"An intellectual high-wire act that the author pulls off with deceptive ease. . . . Battles and wars, scientists and inventors, artists and tycoons, all get their turn in a smoothly rolling narrative. Mr. Osborne, with great skill, ties his disparate topics together into a coherent narrative, as absorbing as any novel. . . . It would be hard to imagine a more readable general history of the West that covers so much ground so incisively."-William Grimes, The New York Times Ever since the attacks of September 11, 2001, Western leaders have described a world engaged in "a fight for civilization." But what do we mean by civilization ? We believe in a Western tradition of freedom that has produced a fulfilling existence for many millions of people and a culture of enormous depth and creative power. But the history of our civilization is also filled with unspeakable brutality-for every Leonardo there is a Mussolini, for every Beethoven symphony a concentration camp, for every Chrysler Building a My Lai massacre. An ambitious historical assessment of the Western world-tying together the histories of empires, art, philosophy, science, and politics- Civilization reexamines and confronts us with all of our glories and catastrophes. At such a dangerous time in the world's history, this brilliant book is required reading.

Roger Osborne's work has provided a range of innovative insights into our views of the past, and how they infect the present. His previous books include The Floating Egg: Episodes in the Making of Geology, The Deprat Affair: Ambition, Revenge and Deceit in French Indo-China, The Dreamer of the Calle San Salvador: Visions of Sedition and Sacrilege in Sixteenth-Century Spain and Civilization: A New History of the Western World. He lives in Scarborough.

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Prologue
In the Beginning: Prehistory and Illiterate Societies
A Torrent of Words: Change and Custom in Classical Greece
The Birth of Abstraction: Plato, Aristotle and the Rational Mind
The Universal Civilization: Rome and the Barbarians
Augustine's Vision of Christianity: From Rebel Sect to Universal Faith
Religion as Civilization: The Establishment of Western Christendom
Another Way of Living: The Medieval Town and Communal Life
Art as Civilization: Wealth, Power and Innovation in the Italian Renaissance
The Search for the Christian Life: The European Reformation as a New Beginning
Kings, Armies and Nations: The Rise of the Military State
Us and Them: Colonization and Slavery
The Rational Individual: Theory and Practice in Making Society
Enlightenment and Revolution: Politics and Reason in France and America
Industrialization and Nationalism: British Dominance and the Ideology of Freedom
From Rural Colonies to Industrial Continent: The Making of Modern America
Towards the Abyss: Technology, Ideology, Apocalypse
The End of Civilization: Depression, Extremism and Genocide in Europe, America and Asia
The Post-War World: From Social Cohesion to Global Marketplace
Acknowledgements, References and Further Reading
Index

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