Western Civilization: Volume I: To 1715,
10th Edition

Jackson Spielvogel

ISBN-13: 9781305952799 | ISBN-10: 1305952790

Copyright 2018

| Published 2017

| 576 pages

List Price USD $131.95


Join the more than one million students who have used Spielvogel's texts to be successful in their Western civilization course. There's a reason why WESTERN CIVILIZATION is a best seller: it makes history come alive. The book is also loaded with extras, such as primary source features that highlight real voices from the past, plus end-of-chapter study aids to help you prepare for exams. Colorful maps and visuals, plus dramatic first-hand historical accounts, combine to bring to life the stories of the people and events that have shaped Western civilization.

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Jackson J. Spielvogel is Associate Professor Emeritus of History at The Pennsylvania State University. He received his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University, where he specialized in Reformation History under Harold J. Grimm. His articles and reviews have appeared in journals such as MOREANA, JOURNAL OF GENERAL EDUCATION, CATHOLIC HISTORICAL REVIEW, ARCHIV FÜR REFORMATIONSGESCHICHTE and AMERICAN HISTORICAL REVIEW. He also has contributed chapters or articles to THE SOCIAL HISTORY OF REFORMATION, THE HOLY ROMAN EMPIRE: A DICTIONARY HANDBOOK, the SIMON WIESENTHAL CENTER ANNUAL OF HOLOCAUST STUDIES and UTOPIAN STUDIES. His work has been supported by fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation and the Foundation for Reformation Research. At Penn State, he helped inaugurate the Western Civilization course, as well as a popular course on Nazi Germany. His book HITLER AND NAZI GERMANY was first published in 1987 (7th Edition, 2014). In addition, he is the author of WESTERN CIVILIZATION, first published in 1991 (10th Edition, 2018), and co-author (with William Duiker) of WORLD HISTORY, first published in 1994 (9th Edition, 2019). Professor Spielvogel has won five major university-wide teaching awards. During the 1988-1989 year, he held the Penn State Teaching Fellowship, the university's most prestigious teaching award. He won the Dean Arthur Ray Warnock Award for Outstanding Faculty member in 1996 and received the Schreyer Honors College Excellence in Teaching Award in 2000.

  • New "Historians Debate" headings highlight brief explanations about varying views on historical interpretation to remind students that history isn't always as simple as black and white. Examples include: "Was There a United Kingdom of Israel?"; "Was There a Renaissance for Women?"; "Was There an Agricultural Revolution?"; "The Retreat from Democracy: Did Europe Have Totalitarian States?"; and "Why Did the Soviet Union Collapse?"
  • A new abbreviated format for "Film & History" features gives readers a snippet of information about films related to the discussion and includes a question appropriate for class discussion or individual assignments after viewing the film.
  • New and revised material in every chapter reflects current historical scholarship. The author has also implemented many suggestions based on reviewer feedback.
  • New "Global Perspectives" features reinforce the relationship between the West and other parts of the world by examining paired images or documents. Found in twenty chapters, this new feature includes such topics as "The Stele in the Ancient World" (Ch. 1); "Women in the Roman and Han Empires" (Ch. 6); "Medieval Monastic Life in West and East" (Ch. 10); "Revolution and Revolt in France and China" (Ch. 19); "West and East: Textile Factory Work" (Ch. 23); and "The New Global Economy: Fast Fashion" (Ch. 30).
  • Spielvogel provides a focused, consistent, and engaging narrative throughout the text. The author is an award-winning teacher and scholar whose clear, lively, and informative writing style has made this text so successful with students. Numerous testimonials state that a primary reason professors use the text is because their students can read and understand it at schools that range from Ivy League universities to two-year technical colleges.
  • The text's selection of primary source materials is unmatched. More than 250 letters, song lyrics, official documents, diary entries, menus, poems, plays, and the like give students access to the kinds of materials historians use to shape their interpretations of the past. These sources vividly reveal what Western civilization meant to the men and women who shaped it. New document boxes include: "The Code of Assura" (Ch. 2); "Pope Leo I and Attila the Hun" (Ch. 7); "The Steam Engine and Cotton" (Ch. 20); "Women's Soccer, 1881" (Ch. 23) and "The West and Islam" (Ch. 30).
  • End-of-chapter review material includes an illustrated Chapter Summary, a Chapter Timeline, and Chapter Review consisting of "Upon Reflection" essay questions and Key Terms from the chapter.
  • "Opposing Viewpoints" features, which present a comparison of two or three primary sources in order to facilitate student analysis of historical documents, appear in most chapters. Topics include "The Great Flood: Two Versions" (Ch. 1); "Women in Athens and Sparta" (Ch. 3); "Causes of the Black Death" (Ch. 11); "Women in the Age of the Enlightenment: Rousseau and Wollstonecraft" (Ch. 17); and "Islam and the West: Secularism in France" (Ch. 30). Assignable questions at the end of each feature aid individual or collaborative study.

Table of Contents

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1. The Ancient Near East: The First Civilizations.
2. The Ancient Near East: Peoples and Empires.
3. The Civilization of the Greeks.
4. The Hellenistic World.
5. The Roman Republic.
6. The Roman Empire.
7. Late Antiquity and the Emergence of the Medieval World.
8. European Civilization in the Early Middle Ages, 750–1000.
9. The Recovery and Growth of European Society in the High Middle Ages.
10. The Rise of Kingdoms and the Growth of Church Power.
11. The Later Middle Ages: Crisis and Disintegration in the Fourteenth Century.
12. Recovery and Rebirth: The Age of the Renaissance.
13. Reformation and Religious Warfare in the Sixteenth Century.
14. Europe and The World: New Encounters, 1500–1800.
15. State Building and the Search for Order in the Seventeenth Century.
16. Toward a New Heaven and a New Earth: The Scientific Revolution and the Emergence of Modern Science.

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