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  • Ebook
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $95.00
  • October 2013
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-90327-0
  • 1152 pages
  • Volume(s): One-Volume
  • License Term (days): Lifetime
  • Territory Rights: Worldwide

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Western Civilizations

Their History & Their Culture

Eighteenth Edition

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Volume(s): One-Volume

Joshua Cole (Author, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor), Carol Symes (Author, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)


A storytelling approach that engages students with features to help them master core content, think critically, and make connections.

The engaging narrative and carefully crafted, innovative pedagogical tools in Western Civilizations are based on the co-authors’ own teaching experiences. The text provides balanced coverage, places the West in a larger global context, and carefully integrates new research. In the eighteenth edition, the early modern period has been completely overhauled—and now includes a new chapter on the Atlantic World.


Clear and engaging

Because the authors have years of experience teaching undergraduates, they know that there’s no substitute for an interesting and vigorous narrative. Chapters begin with a hook or a story that captures overarching themes, which are then woven through the rest of the chapter, using a storytelling approach.

Innovative features help students master core content

Before You Read This Chapter pedagogy gets students primed for what they need to look for: Storylines outline the main themes, Chapter Chronology highlights key events and people, and Core Objectives establish what students should know after reading the chapter. After You Read This Chapter pedagogy makes sure students have understood what they’ve read and helps them review: Reviewing the Objectives link back to the Core Objectives in the beginning of the chapter, Peoples, Ideas, and Events exercises put key terms into a question format, and Making Connections ask “big picture” questions looking forward and backward. Even more help is available on StudySpace: Focus Questions, Chapter Outlines, and Flashcards.

Maps and primary sources build critical-thinking and history skills

Analyzing the Visual Evidence and Competing Perspectives encourage students to analyze textual and visual sources and to understand that history is open to interpretation. In addition, StudySpace offers nearly 350 online documents with Media Analysis Worksheets. The map program—both in the book and on StudySpace—helps students develop map skills and to understand the relationship between history and geography. In the text, maps are accompanied by guiding questions in the captions that engage students; and iMaps and Map Worksheets let students interact with each map. History Tours are powered by Google Earth, and are easy to access and explore.

New and revised coverage of the early modern period

The early modern section of the book has been completely rewritten to create a stronger chronological framework and to make it easier for students to follow the major historical developments across the period. A brand new chapter on the Atlantic World (1550–1650) integrates cutting-edge scholarship on the period and puts the European story in a larger global context.

Digital materials address course goals — in the classroom and online

The media package for Western Civilizations helps students develop core skills in reading comprehension, writing, and analysis, and the means to better understand the geography and contexts. Author Insight Videos (in PowerPoint Lecture Slides, and available on StudySpace) feature the authors discussing the main topics and themes in each chapter. NEW Past and Present Videos connect topics across time and space, and show why history is relevant in our world today. Critical Reading Exercises in the Coursepack are keyed to each chapter’s focus questions, and help students learn how to read a textbook. Map Exercises in the Coursepack ask students questions that must be answered by clicking on a map, and StoryMaps break complex maps into annotated sequences. Chrono-Quizzes now report to the gradebook within the instructor’s Learning Management System.

    Vol 1: Chapters 1–16 (Through Absolutism and the Scientific Revolution)
    Vol 2: Chapters 10-29 (Later Medieval World to the Present)

    Vol A: Chapters 1–12 (Through the Renaissance)
    Vol B: Chapters 10–18 (Later Medieval World through the French Revolution)
    Vol C: Chapters 18–29 (French Revolution to the Present)

    Chapter 1. Early Civilizations
    Chapter 2. Peoples, Gods, and Empires: 1700–500 B.C.E.
    Chapter 3. The Civilization of Greece, 1000–400 B.C.E.
    Chapter 4. The Greek World Expands, 400–150 B.C.E.
    Chapter 5. The Civilization of Ancient Rome
    Chapter 6. The Transformation of Rome
    Chapter 7. Rome’s Three Heirs, 500–950
    Chapter 8. The Expansion of Europe, 950–1100
    Chapter 9. The Consolidation of Europe, 1100–1250
    Chapter 10. The Medieval World, 1250–1350
    Chapter 11. Rebirth and Unrest, 1350–1453
    Chapter 12. Innovation and Exploration, 1453–1520
    Chapter 13. The Age of Dissent and Division, 1500–1564
    Chapter 14. Europe in the Atlantic World, 1550–1660
    Chapter 15. European Monarchies and Absolutism, 1660–1725
    Chapter 16. The New Science of the Seventeenth Century
    Chapter 17. Europe during the Enlightenment
    Chapter 18. The French Revolution
    Chapter 19. The Industrial Revolution and Nineteenth-Century Society
    Chapter 20. The Age of Ideologies: Europe in the Aftermath of Revolution, 1815–1848
    Chapter 21. Revolutions and Nation-Building, 1848–1871
    Chapter 22. Imperialism and Colonialism, 1870–1914
    Chapter 23. Modern Industry and Mass Politics, 1870–1914
    Chapter 24. The First World War
    Chapter 25. Turmoil between the Wars
    Chapter 26. The Second World War
    Chapter 27. The Cold War World: Global Politics, Economic Recovery, and Cultural Change
    Chapter 28. Red Flags and Velvet Revolutions: The End of the Cold War, 1960–1990
    Chapter 29. A World without Walls: Globalization and the West