A Concise Survey of Western Civilization: Supremacies and Diversities Throughout History (2nd Revised edition)

A Concise Survey of Western Civilization: Supremacies and Diversities Throughout History (2nd Revised edition)

By: Brian Alexander Pavlac (author)Paperback

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This lively text offers a brief, readable description of our common Western heritage. Providing a tightly focused narrative and interpretive structure, Brian A. Pavlac covers the basic historical information that all educated adults should know. His joined terms "supremacies and diversities" develop major themes of conflict and creativity throughout history. "Supremacies" centers on the use of power to dominate societies, ranging from warfare to ideologies. Supremacy seeks stability, order, and incorporation. "Diversities" encompasses the creative impulse that produces new ideas, as well as the efforts of groups of people to define themselves as "different." Diversity creates change, opportunity, and individuality. These themes of historical tension and change-whether applied to political, economic, technological, social, or cultural trends-offer a bridging explanatory organization. The text is also informed by five topical themes: technological innovation, migration and conquest, political and economic decision making, church and state, and disputes about the meaning of life. Throughout, judicious "basic principles" present summaries of historical realities and primary source projects offer students the chance to evaluate differing points of view about the past. Written with flair, this easily accessible yet deeply knowledgeable text provides all the essentials for courses on Western Civilization.

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Brian A. Pavlac is the Herve A. LeBlanc Distinguished Service Professor and chair of the Department of History at King's College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.


Brief Contents List of Diagrams, Figures, Maps, Primary Source Projects, Tables, and Timelines Acknowledgments How to Use This Book Chapter One: History's Story There's Method What Is Truth? Primary Source Project 1: Voltaire versus Macaulay Chapter Two: Wanderers and Settlers: The Ancient Middle East to 400 BC The Apes' Cousins Bound to the Soil The Price of Civilization The Rise and Fall of Practically All Middle Eastern Empires Primary Source Project 2: Xenophon versus Herodorus Chapter Three: The Chosen People: Hebrews and Jews, 2000 BC to AD 135 Between and under Empires The Tie That Binds Primary Source Project 3: Prophecy of Micah versus Prophecy of Joel Chapter Four: Trial of the Hellenes: The Ancient Greeks, 1200 BC to AD 146 To the Sea The Political Animal Metamorphosis The Cultural Conquest Primary Source Project 4: The Melian Dialogue Chapter Five: Imperium Romanum: The Romans, 753 BC to AD 300 World Conquest in Self-Defense The Price of Power The Absolutist Solution The Roads to Knowledge Primary Source Project 5: Galgacus versus Agricola Chapter Six: The Revolutionary Rabbi: Christianity, the Roman Empire, and Islam, 4 BC to AD 1253 The Son of Man The Cultural War Roma Delenda Est Struggle for the Realm of Submission Primary Source Project 6: Paul versus Pliny and Trajan Chapter Seven: From Old Rome to the New West: The Early Middle Ages, AD 500 to 1000 Goths in the Garden Charles in Charge The Cavalry to the Rescue Primary Source Project 7: Bad Bishops versus Benedict Chapter Eight: The Medieval Melee: The High and Later Middle Ages, 1000 to 1500 Return of the Kings Discipline and Domination Plenty of Papal Power The Age of Faith and Reason A New Estate Not the End of the World Primary Source Project 8: Gregory VII versus Henry IV Chapter Nine: Making the Modern World: The Renaissance and Reformation, 1400 to 1648 The Purse of Princes Man as the Measure Heaven Knows Fatal Beliefs God, Greed, and Glory Primary Source Project 9: Witch Hunter versus Montaigne Chapter Ten: Liberation of Mind and Body: Early Modern Europe, 1543 to 1815 Lost in the Stars From the Salons to the Streets The State Is He (or She) (Prosperous) People Power The Declaration of Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity Blood and Empires Primary Source Project 10: Declaration of the Rights of Man versus Declaration of the Rights of Woman Chapter Eleven: Mastery of the Machine: The Industrial Revolution, 1764 to 1914 Facts of Factories Life in the Jungle Cleaning Up the Mess For the Workers The Machinery of Nature Primary Source Project 11: Smiles versus Owen Chapter Twelve: The Westerner's Burden: Imperialism and Nationalism, 1810 to 1918 "New and Improved" Imperialism From Sea to Shining Sea Nationalism's Curse The Balkan Cauldron The Great War Primary Source Project 12: "In Flanders Fields" versus "Dulce et Decorum Est" Chapter Thirteen: Rejections of Democracy: The Interwar Years and World War II, 1917 to 1945 Decline of the West? Russians in Revolt Losing Their Grip Fascist Fury Hitler's Hatreds The Roads to Global War Primary Source Project 13: Hitler versus Franklin D. Roosevelt Chapter Fourteen: A World Divided: The Early Cold War, 1945 to 1980 From Friends to Foes Making Money To the Brink, Again and Again Letting Go and Holding On American Hegemon The Uneasy Understanding Primary Source Project 14: Khrushchev versus Nixon Chapter Fifteen: Into the Future: The Contemporary Era, 1980 to the Present A Surprise Ending Searching for Stability Different Folks Haves and Cannots Values of Violence Primary Source Project 15: The European Central Bank versus the National Front Epilogue: Why Western Civilization? Timelines Common Abbreviations Glossary Suggested Readings Index About the Author

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  • publication date: 19/02/2015
  • ISBN13: 9781442237674
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 528
  • ID: 9781442237674
  • weight: 1107
  • ISBN10: 1442237678
  • edition: 2nd Revised edition

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