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Published: 23 September 2019

720 Pages

6-1/2 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780190070427

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Cultures of the West

A History, Volume 1: To 1750

Third Edition

Clifford R. Backman

  • Emphasizes the development of values, focusing on ideas and sensibilities and viewing the events of each era in relation to them
  • Interprets Western history on a broad geographic and cultural scale that includes the Middle East in the general narrative, as a permanently constitutive element of the Greater West
  • Treats religious belief as the center of the narrative, because the values upheld by the three great monotheisms of the Greater West--Judaism, Christianity, and Islam--have had, and continue to have, a profound effect on the development of social mores, intellectual pursuits, artistic endeavors, politics, and international relations
  • Incorporates an abundance of primary sources into the narrative
  • Consistently treats the history of women and gender relations in the main narrative
  • Argues positions explicitly, not shying away from value judgments

New to this Edition:

  • An improved organization in Volume One treats the Ancient Near East in a more coherent and streamlined fashion and integrates coverage of ancient Rome into two chapters
  • An extended treatment of Eastern Europe throughout, including a discussion of the early history of the Slavs
  • An expanded and improved map program includes seventeen new maps and thirty-eight corrected or updated maps
  • Forty-one new photos--many of which pertain to Eastern Europe--vividly illustrate the discussion in each chapter
  • Updated scholarship informs the narrative, with many new titles in the chapter bibliographies
  • A redesigned format provides students with a warmer and more accessible interaction with the narrative
  • Improved and expanded digital learning resources, including an enhanced eBook with embedded study aids, greatly enhance student engagement with the text

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