A Concise Survey of Western Civilization: Supremacies and Diversities Throughout History (2nd Revised edition)
By: Brian Alexander Pavlac (author)Paperback
This lively text offers a brief, readable description of our common Western heritage as it began in the first human societies and developed in ancient Greece and Rome, then through the Middle Ages. Providing a focused narrative and interpretive structure, Pavlac uses the joined terms "supremacies and diversities" to develop themes of conflict and creativity. His easily accessible yet deeply knowledgeable book covers the basic information that all educated adults should know.
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 Epilogue: Why Western Civilization? Timelines Common Abbreviations Glossary Suggested Readings Index About the Author
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