History of Western Civilization A Handbook

ISBN-10: 0226561607

ISBN-13: 9780226561608

Edition: 6th 1986

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Renowned historian William H. McNeil provides a brilliant narrative chronology of the development of Western civilization, representing its socio-political as well as cultural aspects. This sixth edition includes new material for the twentieth-century period and completely revised bibliographies. An invaluable tool for the study of Western civilization, the Handbook is an essential complement to readings in primary and secondary sources such as those in the nine-volume University of Chicago Readings in Western Civilization.
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List price: $40.00
Edition: 6th
Copyright year: 1986
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 1/15/1986
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 704
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 2.860
Language: English

Born in Canada, William H. McNeill was chairman of the Department of History at the University of Chicago and one of the editors of the Readings in World History Series published by Oxford University Press. His one-volume "A World History," which gives equal space to Asia and the West, was greeted as a work of major importance by such recognized historians as Arnold Toynbee, Hans Kohn, Geoffrey Bruun, Stringfellow Barr, and John Barkham. Toynbee has acclaimed McNeill's "The Rise of the West," which took nine years to write, as "the most lucid presentation of world history in narrative form that I know." It won the 1963 National Book Award for history and the Gordon J. Laing Prize of the University of Chicago.

Illustrations Preface To the Student
Western Civilization in World History A. Background of Classical Civilization
Old Stone Age
Neolithic Age
River Valley Civilizations
The Diffusion of Urban Civilization
The Ancient Oriental Empires B. Independent Civilized Traditions Suggestions for Further Reading for Part I Chronological Table for Part I Part II: Classical Civilization A. The Greek City States
Geographical Setting
Formation of the City States
Greek Expansion to 510 B.C.
The Fifth Century: Rise and Overthrow of the Athenian Empire
The Fourth Century. Rise of Macedon Suggestions for Further Reading for Part II, A Chronological Table for Part II, A B. The Hellenistic Kingdoms
Political Changes
Economic Development
Social Structure
Cultural Development Suggestions for Further Reading for Part II, B Chronological Table for Part II, B C. The Roman Republic: Unification of the Mediterranean
Peoples of Western Europe
The Roman Republic: Conquest of Italy
Roman Conquest of the Mediterranean Basin
Internal Development of Rome
Decay of Republican Government
Roman Society Suggestions for Further Reading for Part II, C Chronological Table for Part II, C D. The Roman Empire
The Augustan Age
The Principate after Augustus
Military Despotism and Anarchy
The Autocratic Empire Suggestions for Further Reading for Part II, D Chronological Table for Part II, D E. The Byzantine Empire and Civilization Suggestions for Further Reading for Part II, E Chronological Table for Part II, E F. Successor Kingdoms in the West
Introduction
The First Wave of Invasion
The Early Carolingian Period
Renewed Invasions and Collapse of the Carolingian Empire Suggestions for Further Reading for Part II, F Chronological Table for Part II, F G. The Arab World Suggestions for Further Reading for Part II, G Chronological Table for Part II, G
European Civilization (C. A.D. 900-Present) A. Geographical Setting of European Civilization
Transfer of the Center of Civilization
Transport and Communication
Climate and Vegetation
Mineral Resources B. Western Christendom, 900-1500
Revival of Civilization, 900-1050
The High Middle Ages, 1050-1270
The Waning of the Middle Ages, 1270-1500 Suggestions for Further Reading for Part III, B Chronological Table for Part III, B C. The Modern World, 1500-Present
ReJormation and Religious Wars, 1500-1660 Suggestions for Further Reading for Part III, C-l Chronological Table for Part III, C-l
Absolutism and Aristocracy, 1660-1789 Suggestions for Further Reading for Part III, C-2 Chronological Table for Part III, C-2
Liberal, Nationalist and Industrial Europe, 1789-1914 Suggestions for Further Reading for Part III. C-3 Chronological Table for Part III, C-3
An Era of Wars and Revolutions, 1914-75 Suggestions for Further Reading for Part III, C-4 Chronological Table for Part III, C-4
Conclusion
Index
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