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Western Civilization: A Global and Comparative Approach, Volume II: Since 1600
Authored by: Kenneth L. Campbell

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Information: 520pp. Tables, figures, illustrations, maps, index, online instructor's manual.
Publication Date: July 2012.  


Description: Western Civilization: A Comparative and Global Approach is a one-author, one-voice narrative history of western civilization from ancient times to the present. Within an overarching chronological approach, individual chapters focus on social, cultural, political, economic, and intellectual life during particular, sometimes overlapping, periods.

Religion, everyday life, and transforming moments are the three main themes of the book that make the past interesting, intelligible, and relevant to today's students. Another important feature is the incorporation of a comparative approach-using illustrations, documents, quotes, and visual or written material to provide students with a keener understanding of the West through comparison with other civilizations and cultures. Every chapter includes original source boxes, timelines, and web links to additional and complementary information.

An online instructor's manual written by the author provides instructors with access to a wide variety of resources including image galleries; web links, maps, test materials, and suggested readings.

Selected Contents:

List of Maps, Tables, and Charts
List of Illustrations

1. Absolutism and Political Revolution in the Seventeenth Century
The Shaping of the Past: The Assassination of Henry IV and the Rise of French Absolutism
Absolutism in France Under Louis XIV
The Habsburgs in Spain and Austria
Absolute Government in Prussia and Russia
Absolute Government in East and West: Manchu China and Monarchical Europe
The Shaping of the Past: The Execution of Charles I and the Struggle Against Absolute Government in Britain
Political Conflict and Development in the Netherlands
War and Political Consciousness in the Seventeenth Century

2. The Scientific Revolution and Changes in Thought and Society in the Seventeenth Century
The Shaping of the Past: Copernicus's On the Revolution of the Heavenly Bodies and the Scientific Revolution
Political Thought in the Seventeenth Century
Art and Literature in the Seventeenth Century
Everyday Life and Social Conditions in Seventeenth-Century Europe
Early Modern India: Thought, Culture, and Social Change

3. The Enlightenment, 1715-1789
Changing Attitudes Toward Religion and the Church
Changing Attitudes Toward Political Authority and the State
Changing Attitudes Toward Society and Women
Changing Attitudes Toward Nature and Art
Changing Attitudes Toward Human Nature and Slavery
Africa and the Slave Trade
The Shaping of the Past: Population Growth and Social Change in England
Social, Economic, and Political Discontent in France
Enlightened Despotism in the Austrian Empire
Frederick the Great and the Rise of Prussia
Catherine the Great and Enlightened Despotism in Russia
Enlightened Despotism: A Contradiction in Terms?

4. The Age of Revolution in France and the Americas, 1775-1815
The Shaping of the American Revolution
The Shaping of the Past: The Storming of the Bastille and the Early Stages of the French Revolution
Popular Participation in the French Revolution and the Reign of Terror
The Rise of Napoleon and the Impact of the French Revolution on Europe
Napoleonic Rule in France and the Napoleonic Wars in Europe
The Shaping of the Past: Napoleon's Decision to Invade Russia
Colonial Empire in Latin America
Rebellion and Revolution in Latin America

5: Revolution, Reaction, and Ideology, 1815-1848
The Congress of Vienna
The Legacy of the French Revolution and Napoleon
The Shaping of the Industrial Revolution in Britain
The Spread of the Industrial Revolution
India in the Early Nineteenth Century
Cultural and Ideological Movements of the Post-Napoleonic Period
The Revolutions of 1848

6. Cultural Interaction Between Europe and the World in the Nineteenth Century
Imperialism in the First Half of the Nineteenth Century
The Foundations of British Rule in India
War and Conflict in India
Imperialism and Indian Society in the Nineteenth Century
China's Intellectual and Political Response to Europe
The Opium War
The Shaping of the Past: The Taiping Rebellion
China's Resistance to Change
The New Treaty System and the Further Opening of China
The Rise of Modern Japan
Russian Expansion in the Caucasus and Central Asia
The Emergence of the United States as a National Power
Africa and the West

7. Europe and the West in the Age of Nationalism and Reform, 1848-1914
Italian and German Unification
French Nationalism Under Napoleon III and the Third French Republic
The Effects of Nationalism in the Habsburg Empire, the United States, and Ireland
Social Change, Political Reform, and the Struggle for Women's Rights
The Decline of Serfdom and Slavery
European Thought and Culture

8. World War I and the Russian Revolution, ca. 1900-1924
Systems of Alliances
Crises in North Africa and the Balkans
Early Twentieth-Century Russia
The Shaping of the Past: August 1914
The Nature of the War in Europe
The Home Fronts
The Russian Revolutions of 1917
The Russian Civil War and Lenin's New Economic Policy
The Middle East

9. The Aftermath of World War I, 1919-1929
The Economic Consequences of the War
The Peace Settlement and Its Consequences
The Acceleration of Political Change
Political Change, Nationalism, and Revolution in Latin America
Literary Responses to World War I
The Shaping of the Past: Cubism and the Artistic Response to the War
Society, Popular Culture, and Everyday Life in the 1920s

10. The Crisis of the Interwar Years, 1919-1939
Fascist Rule and Society in Italy
The Shaping of the Past: The Crash of 1929 and the Beginnings of the Great Depression
The Shaping of Soviet Communism Under Stalin
The Shaping of National Socialism Under Hitler
Social Change and Political Revolution in China

11. World War II and Its Aftermath, 1939-1949
The Beginnings of World War II
German Conquests and the Treatment of Subject Populations
The Shaping of the Past: The Battle of Britain and the Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor
The German Invasion of the Soviet Union
The Impact of the War on the Home Front and the Nature of the War
Effects of Total War: Civilian Casualties and the Holocaust
The Impact of World War II on India
Postwar Uncertainties

12. The Cold War and the Postwar Era, 1945-1960
The Impact of the Marshall Plan
European Reconstruction and Unification
The Shaping of the Cold War
The Korean War and McCarthyism in the United States
Three Crises of 1956
New Directions in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe
Everyday Life in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe
The Shaping of the Past: One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich : Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and the Critique of the Soviet Union
Life in Dictatorships and Democracies in Latin America

13. The Pivotal 1960s
Kennedy, Khrushchev, and the Cuban Missile Crisis
The Arms Race and the Space Race
The Civil Rights Movement in the United States
Women in the Postwar World
Cultural Change and the Challenges of Youth
The Shaping of the Past: The Beatles' Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
The Vietnam War
Protests in East and West in 1968
The Beginning of the "Troubles" in Northern Ireland
Jews in Postwar Europe and Israel

14. Democracies and Dictatorships, 1970-1989
Communism in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union
The Evolution of the European Community
The Problems, Survival, and Revival of Western Europe
The Shaping of the People's Republic of China, 1949-1989
Brezhnev, Nixon, Ford, Carter, and Detente
Reagan and the Evil Empire
The Shaping of the Past: The Accession of Mikhail Gorbachev
The End of the Cold War

15. After the Cold War: The West and the Contemporary World
The Shaping of the Past: Lech Walesa and the Fall of Communism in Poland
Revolutions in Eastern Europe, the Democracy Movement, and the Decline of the Soviet Union
Social, Cultural, and Political Changes in Western Europe
Environmental and Health Issues in Diverse Countries: India, Russia, Japan, and Germany

Epilogue: The Shaping of the Past and the Challenge of the Future
About the Author

Comment(s): "Dr. Campbell's Western Civilization text provides an engaging and concise narrative with an excellent balance of social as well as political history. This book deserves serious consideration by all historians who seek a strong text that places the story of Western civilization in the wider global context. This text holds particular appeal due to its excellent readability, context and coverage for today's college history student. This book stands out among the many textbook options for college instruction. It provides an excellent blend of social, political and cultural history with the historical context necessary to make the human story relevant." -- Jane Scimeca, Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, NJ

Review(s): "With a multitude of texts available, Kenneth Campbell offers a refreshing and new approach to his subject in Western Civilization. The text guides the readers to where we are today, encouraging them to analyze past methodology while concurrently giving them the tools to informatively evaluate the collective 'global future.' The book is a pleasure to read with a clear and concise single-voice narrative that avoids academic jargon and exhibits a consistent writing style. It does not limit its focus to politics and the military, but offers a broader, balanced examination with the inclusion of social, cultural, intellectual, economic, and religious history. The ideas and information are easily accessible and contain a nice equilibrium of clear and understandable text that will not overwhelm those in an introductory survey course, yet at the same time encourage critical analysis and thought." -- Teaching History

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