Cultures of the West A History - To 1750

ISBN-10: 0195388909

ISBN-13: 9780195388909

Edition: 2013

Authors: Clifford R. Backman

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The Cultures of the West: A Historyfocuses on the ways in which the major ideas and passions of Western culture developed, internally, and how they interacted with the broader world-for good and for ill. The development of such key ideas as religion, science, and philosophy form the central narrative of this book.The Cultures of the Weststands apart from other textbooks in a variety of ways, the first being thematic unity. What did people think and believe, throughout our history, about human nature, the right way to live, God, the best forms of government, or the meaning of human life? Rather than maintaining a single interpretive stance, author Clifford R. Backman relies upon a consistent set of questions: What did people think and feel throughout the centuries about politics, science, religion, and sex? How did they come to their positions regarding the right way to live? Backman's many years of experience in the classroom have informed his approach-students respond to engaging questions more than they are inspired by facts.Features:* Single author voice:clearly and compellingly written by an experienced teacher and scholar who knows how to emphasize intriguing and eye-opening elements of Western Civilization* A book with a point of view:even if disagreed with, the text will at engage students' minds* Exceptional coverage of cultural history, especially the history of what people thought and felt throughout the history of the West*"Greater West" approachthat integrates in sustained fashion coverage of Islam and the Middle East*Superior coverageof Jewish history and the history of women*Extensive primary source excerptsintegrated directly into the text, many of which have been translated by the author*Footnotesfeaturing surprising, engaging information usually neglected in other texts
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Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 448
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.936
Language: English

List of Maps
Introduction: Why History?
About the Author
A Note to the Reader
Water and Soil, Stone and Metal: 10,000 BCE-2100 BCE
The Tigris and the Euphrates
Early Sumer: Kings and Warriors, Priests and Scribes
The Idea of Empire
Mesopotamian Life: Cities and Slaves, Letters and Numbers
Religion and Myth: The Great Above and Great Below
Ancient Egypt
Social Strata in Egypt
The Kingdom of the Dead
Law Givers, Evil Emperors, and Dangerous Gods: 2100 BCE-486 BCE
Old Babylon
Middle Kingdom Egypt
The New Kingdom Empire
The Indo-European Assault
The Age of Iron Begins, ca. 1200 BCE
Persia and the Religion of Fire
The Chosen People: 1200 BCE-538 BCE
A Great Nation
The Bible and History
The Land of Canaan
Dreams of a Golden Age
Women and the Law
Prophets and Prophecy
Priests and Rabbis
A Genius for Reinvention
Greeks and Persians: 2000 BCE-479 BCE
From Chaos to Tragedy
The Mycenaean World: Heroes and Kings
The End of an Age and Mythic Ancestors
Colonists, Hoplites, and Tyrants
A Cult of Masculinity
Sparta: The Militarization of the Citizenry
Miletus: A Merchant Oligarchy and the First Philosophers
Athenian Democracy
The Persian Wars
Hellenism and Second Temple Judaism: 499 BCE-142 BCE
The Classical Age
Women, Children, and Slaves
The Polis: Ritual and Restraint
Civilized Pursuits: Epic and Lyric Poetry
The Birth of Tragedy
The Peloponnesian Disaster
Medicine as Natural Law: Hippocrates
Mathematical Ordering and Sophistry
Socrates and the Meaningful Life
Plato and Ideal Forms
Aristotle and the Pursuit of Happiness
Alexander the Great
A Mongrel but Magnificent World
Second Temple Jews and Judaism
The Maccabean Revolt
The Empire of the Sea: Rome: 753 BCE-180 CE
Links to a Heroic Age
Republic, Property, and Family
The Republic of Virtue
Size Matters
Can the Republic Be Saved?
The Golden Age: The Augustan Era
The Sea, The Sea
Roman Lives and Values
The "Five Good Emperors"
Paganisms and Christianities: 40 BCE-305 CE
The Jesus Mystery
A Crisis in Tradition
Ministry and Movement
What Happened to His Disciples?
Christianities Everywhere
Romans in Pursuit
Pagan Vitality
Stoicism and Neoplatonism
The Early Middle Ages: 306-750 CE
The Imperial Crisis
Imperial Decline: Rome's Overreach
Martyrdom and Empire
A Christian Emperor and a Christian Church
The Rise of "New Rome"
A Splendid, Beleaguered Capital
"The Age of Ignorance"
The Islamic Revelation
From Preacher to Conqueror
Compulsion or Conversion?
Sunnis and Shi'a
Classical Traditions and Western Expansion
Barbarian Kings and Scholar-Monks
Divided Estates and Kingdoms
The Body as Money and Women as Property
Christian Paganism
Pockets of Intellectual Life
Reform and Renewal: 750-1258
Two Palace Coups
The Carolingian Ascent
Imperial Coronation
Carolingian Collapse
The Islamic Empire
Sunnis and Shi'a
The Quran and the Philosophers
The Splintering of the Caliphate
The Reinvention of Western Europe
Mediterranean Cities
The Reinvention of the Church
The Crusades
But Not a War against Islam
Parliaments and the Mamluk Empire
Judaism Reformed, Renewed, and Reviled
Worlds Brought Down: 1258-1453
Late Medieval Europe
The Guild System
The Mendicant Orders
Early Representative Government
The Hundred Years' War
The Plague
Conquest of the Islamic World
In the Wake of the Mongols
A New Center for Islam
Conservatism and Reaction
The Ottoman Turks
Persia under the Il-Khans
Renaissances and Reformations: 1350-1550
"I Fixed upon Antiquity"
Classicism, Humanism, and Statecraft
The Political and Economic Matrix
The Renaissance Achievement
The Protestant Renaissance
Erasmus: Satirist and Itinerant Scholar
Martin Luther: The Gift of Salvation
Rebellion against the Church: "Ninety-Five Theses"
The Reformation Goes International
Scholars and Activists
Protestantism without Luther
Calvin: Protestantism as Theology
The Rebirth of Satire
Utopias and Book Burnings
Rabelais: The In-House Catholic Attack
The Last Crusades: 1492-1648
The New World
New Continents and Profits
Conquest and Epidemics
New Crops and the Enclosure Movement
The Patriarchal Family
Sexual Morality
Enemies Within: Witches and Jews
The Jews of the East and West
Wars of Religion
The Peace of Augsburg and the Edict of Nantes
The Church of England
The Thirty Years' War
Wars of Religion: The Eastern Front
The Waning of the Sultanate
New Centers of Intellectual Life
The Ottomans: From Strife to Warfare
Science Breaks Out and Breaks Through: 1500-1700
The Copernican Drama
Galileo and the Truth of Numbers
The Other Scientific Revolution
The Council of Trent, 1546-1563
The Society of Jesus
Inquisition and Inquiry
The Revolution Broadens
The Ethical Costs of Science
The Islamic Retreat from Science
Thinking about Truth
Descartes and the Quest for Truth
Newton's Mathematical Principles
The Choices for Western Society
From Westphalia to Paris: Regimes Old and New: 1648-1750
The Peace of Westphalia: 1648
The Argument for Tyranny
The Social Contract
Absolute Politics
Police States
Self-indulgence with a Purpose
Mercantilism and Absolutism
Mercantilism and Poverty
Domesticating Dynamism: Regulating Culture
Decency and Modesty
The Birth of Private Life
The English Exception
Civil War and Restoration
Ottoman Might and Islamic Absolutism
Safavid Pleasures
The End of Order
The Slave Trade and Domestic Subjugation
The Return of Uncertainty
Reference Maps
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