Culture and Values,
10th Edition

Lois Fichner-Rathus

ISBN-13: 9780357640081
Copyright 2025 | Not Yet Published (2024-06-14)
List Price: USD $312.95

Fichner-Rathus' CULTURE AND VALUES: A GLOBAL VIEW OF THE HUMANITIES, VOLUMES I & II, 10th Edition, takes you on a tour of some of the world's most interesting and significant examples of art, music, philosophy and literature from the beginnings of civilization to today. Discover the cultural connections occurring at the same time in different parts of the globe. Chapter previews, timelines, glossaries of key terms and "Big Picture" reviews all help make it easy for you to learn the material and study more effectively.


1. 2,500,000–3000 bce.
2. 3000–1000 bce: Part 1.
3. 3000–1000 bce: Part 2.
4. 1000–500 bce.
5. 500–200 bce.
6. 200 bce–300 ce.
7. 300–600.
8. 600–900.
9. 900–1300.
10. 1300–1400.
11. 1400–1500 (repeated in both vols).
12. 1500–1600 Part 1.
13. 1500–1600 Part 2.
14. 1600–1700.
15. 1700–1800.
16. 1800–1870.
17. 1870–1914.
18. 1914–1939.
19. 1939–1980.
20. 1980 to the Present Day.

  • Lois Fichner-Rathus

    Lois Fichner-Rathus is professor of art in the Department of Art and Art History of The College of New Jersey. She holds a combined undergraduate degree in fine arts and art history, an M.A. from the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art, and a Ph.D. in the History, Theory, and Criticism of Art from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her areas of specialization include contemporary art, feminist art history and criticism, and modern art and architecture, as well as the theory and foundations of art and design. Dr. Fichner-Rathus is also the author of the Cengage Learning textbooks UNDERSTANDING ART and FOUNDATIONS OF ART AND DESIGN. She teaches study-abroad programs in Paris, Rome, Spain, and Cuba and resides in New York.

  • Timelines have been redesigned to illustrate global historical periods and seminal events and/or cultural and technological milestones. An eye-catching, color-coded bar graph design -- keyed to specific geographic locations -- invites students to think about global developments in time in relation to one another.

  • Feature #3 The New Ideas and Ideals feature gathers cultural beliefs, practices and ideals that sprang from human intellect and become guideposts for the journey through life.

  • Feature #5 In order to show the connections and contexts of creation of humanistic works, chapters have been revised to have a chronological, global lens. Content from non-Western chapters is now integrated with Western chapters. For example, content in Chapter 18, Africa, is now integrated into the chronological framework, showing the connections between cultural creations there with those going on Europe, Asia and the Americas. All chapter titles have changed to show the years being covered rather than the location or geographically specific artistic movement.

  • Feature #6 The New Connections feature brings to light commonalities among cultures and cultural output, contemporary perspectives on relationships to historical events and parallels between works from different disciplines within the humanities.

  • Feature #1 A new subtitle, A Global Approach to the Humanities, reflects the expanded emphasis of the book on presenting cultural developments globally and chronologically, interweaving their narratives so that students see connections between the human creative impulse happening at the same time but in different geographical places.

  • Feature #2 The New Chapter Preview feature engages students by connecting art, literature and visual culture to the ideas explored in each chapter. It promotes curiosity, anticipation and reinforces connections to previous chapter knowledge.

  • Feature #4 Numerous new artworks, illustrations and primary texts throughout enliven the text and engage students. While keeping the most popular works, this edition expands the offerings to provide a more diverse, global selection.

  • The Compare and Contrast feature presents two or more works of art and/or literature, side by side, to encourage students to focus on stylistic, technical, conceptual and cultural similarities and differences. This feature hones analytical and interpretive skills and promotes critical thinking by encouraging students to consider the larger context in which works were created.

  • The maps in this text serve as visual representations of history and culture shaped by geography. As such, the text features an assortment of maps including map projections with topography and inset global locators along with thematic maps. Maps have been revised to show the connections between cultures across the globe.

  • A comprehensive set of digital resources, available via MindTap and compatible with most LMS platforms, includes a host of resources and tools for both your course and your students. MindTap resources include an interactive eBook with zoomable images, links to related videos and Google Map locations, links to full versions of the literary works excerpted in the text, flashcards, quizzes, Spotify playlists to streaming music and more.

  • Resources for instructors include chapter PowerPoint presentations, a comprehensive test bank and an Instructor’s Manual with discussion prompts and activity ideas.

  • The text is available as a bundled package containing Volumes I and II or as two volumes split at the Renaissance. Volume I includes Chapters 1–11 (2,500BCE–1500 CE); Volume II includes Chapters 11–20 (1400 CE–Present Day).

  • PHONETIC PRONUNCIATIONS Phonetic spelling accompanies non-English-language words where they appear in the running text, making it possible for students to refer to people, places, periods and cultures correctly and confidently.

  • THE BIG PICTURE The feature at the end of each chapter summarizes the cultural events and achievements that shape the character of each place and period. Organized into categories (Language and Literature; Art, Architecture and Music; Philosophy and Religion), the Big Picture reinforces for students the simultaneity of developments in history and the humanities from a global perspective. Now with a new and improved design for the 10th edition.

  • Author Lois Fichner-Rathus gives a fresh, unified voice to the revision in this 10th edition. As an active instructor at The College of NJ, she brings to the textbook her daily experience teaching the Introduction to Humanities course to a diverse student body. Fichner-Rathus combines a conversational writing style with exciting high-resolution images to connect with students and foster their understanding. She has expanded the global content and integrated it within the chronological structure in a way that makes it easy for instructors to teach and engaging for students to learn.

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