Title Western Civilizations, 19/e
Author Joshua Cole, Carol Symes
ISBN 9780393614305
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No of pages 1184
Book size 210 x 274 mm
Publishing year 2017
Original publisher W. W. Norton & Company
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The most pedagogically innovative text and media for the western civilizations course—now more current, more global, and more interactive.

The balanced narrative in Western Civilizations has been bolstered with new and current scholarship—highlighting new environmental history, more coverage of Central and Eastern Europe, and increased coverage of European and Muslim relations—making it the most up-to-date and relevant text for students. In addition, Cole and Symes have enhanced their pedagogically innovative text with new History Skills Tutorials, Interactive Instructor’s Guide, and Norton InQuizitive for History, making the Nineteenth Edition a more interactive and effective teaching and learning tool.








Chapter 1. EARLY CIVILIZATIONS • Before Civilization • The Building Blocks of Civilization • Urban Development in Mesopotamia • The Culture of Sumer • The First Empires? • The Development of Civilization in Egypt • Past and Present: Engineering NatureInterpreting Visual Evidence: The Narmer Palette • Egyptian Culture and Society • Conclusion

Chapter 2.  PEOPLES, GODS, AND EMPIRES: 1700-500 B.C.E. Indo-European Languages and Peoples • The New Kingdom of Egypt • Interpreting Visual Evidence: Remembering Hatshepsut • Transnational Networks of the late Bronze Age • Aegean Civilization: Minoan Crete, Mycenaean Greece • The States of the Early Iron Age • Past and Present: The Fragility of Global Networks • The Revival of the Assyrian Empire • The Rise of the Persians • The Development of Hebrew Monotheism • Conclusion

Chapter 3. THE CIVILIZATION OF GREECE, 1000-400 B.C.E. From Chaos to Polis • The Culture of Archaic Greece, 800-500 B.C.E. Interpreting Visual Evidence: The Ideal of Male Beauty • Portraits of Three Poleis • The Challenge of the Persian Wars • Past and Present: Political Satire • The Golden Age of Classical Greece • “The Greatest War in History” and Its Consequences • The Failure of Athenian Democracy • Conclusion

Chapter 4. THE GREEK WORLD EXPANDS, 400-150 B.C.E. The Downfall of the Greek Polis • Reimagining the Polis: The Artistic and Intellectual Response • Interpreting Visual Evidence: Reconstructing an Ideal of Female Beauty • The Rise of Macedonia • The Conquests of Alexander (336-323 B.C.E.) • The Hellenistic Kingdoms • From Polis to Cosmopolis • Past and Present: Mass Migration and the Challenges of Assimilation • Hellenistic World views • The Scientific Revolution of Antiquity • Conclusion

Chapter 5. THE CIVILIZATION OF ANCIENT ROME The Time of the Kings • The Triumph of the Early Republic • The Essence of Roman Identity • From Republic to Empire • The Consequences of Imperialism • Past and Present: Spectator Sports“Restoring the Republic”: The Struggle for Power • The Principate and the Pax Romana, 27 B.C.E.–180 C.E. • Making the World Roman • Interpreting Visual Evidence: Roman Urban Planning • Conclusion

Chapter 6. THE TRANSFORMATION OF ROME • The Challenge of Christianity • The Challenge of Imperial Expansion • The Conversion of Christianity • Interpreting Visual Evidence: The Power of the Invincible Sun • Past and Present: Resisting Imperialism • Shifting Centers and Moving Frontiers • The Shaping of a New Worldview • Classical Learning and the Christian Life • Conclusion

Chapter 7. ROME’S THREE HEIRS, 500-950 • Justinian’s Imperial Ambitions • The Roman Empire of Byzantium • Muhammad and the Teachings of Islam • The Widening Islamic World • Past and Present: The Meanings of Medievalism • The Conversion of Northwestern Europe • Interpreting Visual Evidence: The Ship Burial of Sutton Hoo • The Empire of Charlemagne • Disputed Legacies and New Alliances • Conclusion

Chapter 8. THE EXPANSION OF EUROPE, 950-1100 • A Tour of Europe around the Year 1000 • The Agricultural Revolution of the Medieval Warm Period • The Growth of Towns and Trade • Violence, Lordship, and Monarchy • Interpreting Visual Evidence: The Graphic History of the Bayeux Tapestry • Religious Reform and Papal Power  • Crusading Causes and Outcomes • Past and Present: Ideas of Crusade • The Culture of the Muslim West • Conclusion

Chapter 9. THE CONSOLIDATION OF EUROPE, 1100-1250 • The Making of Medieval Monarchies • Continuing the Crusades • Interpreting Visual Evidence: Picturing Legal Transactions • Past and Present: Medieval Plots and Modern MoviesUnity and Dissent in the Western Church • An Intellectual Revolution • Courts, Cities, and Cathedrals • Conclusion

Chapter 10. THE MEDIEVAL WORLD, 1250-1350 • The Mongol Empire and the Reorientation of the West • The Extension of European Commerce and Settlement • Ways of Knowing and Describing the World • Interpreting Visual Evidence: Seals: Signs of Identity and Authority • Papal Power and Popular Piety • Struggles for Sovereignty • From the Great Famine to the Black Death • Past and Present: Global Pandemics • Conclusion

Chapter 11. REBIRTH AND UNREST, 1350-1453 • Life after the Black Death • The Beginnings of the Renaissance in Italy • Interpreting Visual Evidence: Realizing Devotion • The End of the Eastern Roman Empire • Warfare and Nation Building • The Challenges of the Roman Church Past and Present: Replacing “Retired” Popes Conclusion


Chapter 12. INNOVATION AND EXPLORATION, 1453-1533 • Renaissance Ideals and Realities • The Renaissance North of the Alps • Past and Present: The Reputation of Richard III • The Politics of Christian Europe • New Targets and Technologies of Conquest • Europeans in a New World • Interpreting Visual Evidence: America as an Object of Desire • Conclusion


Chapter 13. THE AGE OF DISSENT AND DIVISION, 1500-1564•Martin Luther and the Reformation in Germany • Interpreting Visual Evidence: Decoding Printed Propaganda • The Many Forms of Protestantism • The Domestication of Reform • The Reformation in England • The Rebirth of the Roman Catholic Church • Past and Present: Controlling Consumption • Conclusion


Chapter 14. EUROPE IN THE ATLANTIC WORLD, 1550-1660 • The Emergence of the Atlantic World • Conflict and Competition in Europe and the Atlantic World • The Thirty Years’ War and Its Outcomes • The Crisis of Kingship in England • Interpreting Visual Evidence: The Execution of a King • An Age of Doubt and the Art of Being Human Past and Present: Shakespeare’s Popular Appeal • Conclusion


Chapter 15. EUROPEAN MONARCHIES AND ABSOLUTISM, 1660–1725 • The Appeal and Justification of Absolutism • The Absolutism of Louis XIV • Interpreting Visual Evidence: The Performance and Display of Absolute Power at the Court of Louis XIV • Past and Present: The Persistence of Monarchies in a Democratic Age • Alternatives to Absolutism • War and the Balance of Power, 1661-1715 • The Remaking of Central and Eastern Europe  • Autocracy in Russia • Conclusion


Chapter 16. THE NEW SCIENCE OF THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY The Intellectual Origins of the Scientific Revolution Past and Present: Has Science Replaced Religion? • The Copernican Revolution Tycho’s Observations and Kepler’s Laws New Heavens, New Earth, and Worldly Politics Galileo Interpreting Visual Evidence: Astronomical Observations and the Mapping of the Heavens • Dating the Age of the Earth: The Origins of Geology and the Environmental Sciences Methods for a New Philosophy: Bacon and Descartes “And All Was Light”: Isaac Newton Conclusion


Chapter 17. EUROPE DURING THE ENLIGHTENMENT Prosperity, Commerce, and Consumption The World of the Philosophes Major Themes of Enlightenment Thought Empire and Enlightenment Interpreting Visual Evidence: The Europeans Encounter the Peoples of the Pacific in the Eighteenth Century • The Radical Enlightenment The Enlightenment and Eighteenth-Century Culture Past and Present: The Internet and the Enlightenment Public Sphere War and Politics in Enlightenment Europe Conclusion


Chapter 18. THE FRENCH REVOLUTION The French Revolution: An Overview The Coming of the Revolution The Destruction of the Old Regime • A New Stage: Popular Revolution From the Terror to Bonaparte: The Directory Napoleon and Imperial France Interpreting Visual Evidence: Representing the People during the French Revolution The Return to War and Napoleon’s Defeat: 1806-1815 • Past and Present: The Atlantic Revolutions and Human Rights Conclusion


Chapter 19. THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION AND NINETEENTH-CENTURY SOCIETY The Industrial Revolution in Britain, 1760-1850 • The Industrial Revolution on the Continent The Social Consequences of Industrialization Interpreting Visual Evidence: Learning to Live in a Global Economy Past and Present: Are There Limits to Economic Growth? Industry and the Environment The Middle Classes Conclusion

Chapter 20. THE AGE OF IDEOLOGIES: EUROPE IN THE AFTERMATH OF REVOLUTION, 1815-1848 The Search for Order in Europe, 1815-1830 • Citizenship and Sovereignty, 1830-1848 • The Politics of Slavery after 1815 • Taking Sides: New Ideologies in Politics • Past and Present: Revolts against Reason • Cultural Revolt: Romanticism • Interpreting Visual Evidence: Romantic Painting • Conclusion


Chapter 21. REVOLUTIONS AND NATION BUILDING,1848-1871 • The Revolutions of 1848 • Past and Present: Germany’s Place in Europe • Building the Nation-State • Interpreting Visual Evidence: The New German Nation • Nation and State Building in Russia and the United States • “Eastern Questions”: International Relations and the Decline of Ottoman Power • Conclusion


Chapter 22. IMPERIALISM AND COLONIALISM, 1870-1914Imperialism • Imperialism in South Asia • Past and Present: The Legacy of Colonialism • Imperialism in China • The French Empire and the Civilizing Mission • The “Scramble for Africa” and the Congo • Imperial Culture • Interpreting Visual Evidence: Displays of Imperial Culture: The Paris Exposition of 1889 • Crises of Empire at the Turn of the Twentieth Century • The Ecological Consequences of European Migrations • Conclusion


Chapter 23. MODERN INDUSTRY AND MASS POLITICS, 1870-1914New Technologies and Global Transformations • Labor Politics, Mass Movements • Demanding Equality: Suffrage and the Women’s Movement • Liberalism and Its Discontents: National Politics at the Turn of the Century • Interpreting Visual Evidence: Anti-Semitism and the Popular Press in France Past and Present: The Age of Mass Politics • The Science and Soul of the Moderm Age • The Culture of Modernity • Conclusion


Chapter 24. THE FIRST WORLD WAR • The July Crisis • 1914: Mobilization and the Early Offensives • Stalemate, 1915 Interpreting Visual Evidence: War Propaganda • The Failed Offensives of 1916–1917 • War of Empires • The Home Front • The Russian Revolutions of 1917 • The Road to German Defeat, 1918 • Past and Present: The Legacy of the First World War in the Middle EastConclusion


Chapter 25. TURMOIL BETWEEN THE WARS • The Soviet Union under Lenin and Stalin • The Emergence of Fascism in Italy • Weimar Germany • Hitler and the National Socialists • The Interwar Years in Europe’s Major Democracies Past and Present: The Great Depression and Today’s EconomySpotlight on the Environment: The Dust Bowl and the Aral Sea Basin in the Interwar Years and After • Interwar Culture: Artists and Intellectuals • Interpreting Visual Evidence: The Fascist Spectacle of Mass ParticipationConclusion


Chapter 26 • THE SECOND WORLD WAR • The Causes of the War: Unsettled Quarrels, Economic Fallout, and Nationalism • The 1930s: Challenges to the Peace and Appeasement • The Beginning of the War in Europe • Not Alone: The Battle of Britain and the Beginnings of a Global War • The Rise and Ruin of Nations: Germany’s War in the East and the Occupation of Europe • Racial War, Ethnic Cleansing, and the Holocaust • Interpreting Visual Evidence: The Architecture of Mass Murder • Past and Present: European Integration Then and Now • Total War: Home Fronts, the War of Production, Bombing, and the Bomb • The Allied Counterattack and the Dropping of the Atomic Bomb • Conclusion


Chapter 27 • THE COLD WAR WORLD: GLOBAL POLITICS, ECONOMIC RECOVERY,  AND CULTURAL CHANGE • The Cold War and a Divided Continent • Interpreting Visual Evidence: The End of the Second World War and the Onset of the Cold War • Economic Renaissance • Revolution, Anticolonialism, and the Cold War • Postwar Culture and Thought • Past and Present: The Divisions of the Cold War • The Cuban Missile Crisis • Conclusion


Chapter 28 • RED FLAGS AND VELVET REVOLUTION  THE END OF THE COLD WAR, 1960–1990 • Social Change and Cultural Dynamism, 1945-1968 • Social Movements during the 1960s • Economic Stagnation: The Price of Success • Europe Recast: The Collapse of Communism and the End of the Soviet Union • Past and Present: Shock Therapy in Post-Soviet Russia • Interpreting Visual Evidence: Representing the People in Eastern Europe, 1989 • Conclusion


Chapter 29.  A WORLD WITHOUT WALLS: GLOBALIZATION AND THE WEST • Liquid Modernity? The Flow of Money, Ideas, and Peoples • Interpreting Visual Evidence: Media Representations of Globalization • Spotlight on the Environment: Climate Change • After Empire: Postcolonial Politics in the Global Era • A New Center of Gravity: Israel, Oil, and Political Islam in the Middle East • Violence beyond Bounds: War and Terrorism in the  Twenty-First Century • Past and Present: The Arab Spring in Historical Perspective • Transformations: Human Rights • Europe and the United States in the Twenty-First Century • Conclusion









About the Authors:

Joshua Cole is Professor of History at the University of Michigan. Specializing in the social and cultural history of France since the Revolution of 1789, he earned his Ph.D. at University of California at Berkeley. He is the author of The Power of Large Numbers: Population, Politics, and Gender in Nineteenth-Century France (2000).

Carol Symes is an Associate Professor of history and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the history department at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where she has won the top teaching award in the College of Liberal Arts and Science. Her main areas of study include medieval Europe, especially France and England; cultural history; history of information media and communication technologies; history of theatre. Her first book was A Common Stage: Theater and Public Life in Medieval Arras (2007).

Target Audience:

Students and Academicians of History.


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