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  • Paperback + Digital Product License Key Folder
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $93.00
  • July 2017
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-61431-2
  • 656 pages
  • Volume(s): 1 / Chapters 1-16
  • Territory Rights: Worldwide
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Western Civilizations

Their History & Their Culture

Nineteenth Edition

Paperback + Digital Product License Key Folder

Volume(s): 1 / Chapters 1-16

with InQuizitive and Ebook

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


The most pedagogically innovative text and media for the western civilizations course—now more current, more global, and more interactive.

The balanced narrative in Western Civilizations has been bolstered with new and current scholarship—highlighting new environmental history, more coverage of Central and Eastern Europe, and increased coverage of European and Muslim relations—making it the most up-to-date and relevant text for students. In addition, Cole and Symes have enhanced their pedagogically innovative text with new History Skills Tutorials, Interactive Instructor's Guide, and Norton InQuizitive for History, making the Nineteenth Edition a more interactive and effective teaching and learning tool.


Innovative pedagogical tools, in text and online

Master teachers Joshua Cole and Carol Symes integrate carefully developed pedagogical features into their clear and engaging narrative to accomplish two things: guide students in their reading and develop their history skills. "Before You Read This Chapter" feature outlines what students should expect in each chapter, with Core Objectives that help them keep track of broader goals. "After You Read This Chapter" feature concludes each chapter to confirm student understanding, with "Reviewing the Objectives" summaries that link directly back to the Core Objectives at the start of the chapter. History skills features—"Competing Viewpoints" and "Interpreting Visual Evidence" boxes with primary sources, additional primary sources, and maps with enhanced captions—in each chapter help students to think critically and to learn to engage in historical analysis and interpretation.  

New scholarship highlights global cross-cultural interactions

Cole and Symes skillfully balance political, social, and cultural history with the latest new research. The Nineteenth Edition features significant new scholarship throughout.

  • Environmental history coverage has emerged as one of the most important fields of study in recent years, and today’s students are deeply interested in the effects of globalization and climate change. Supplemented treatment of human interactions with their environments ranges from ancient Rome’s imperial infrastructure and the environment (in Chapter 5) to environmental change during the Industrial Revolution (in Chapter 19).
  • Expanding the focus on balanced coverage of Europe that goes beyond nationalist histories of only a few countries, the new edition features more attention on Central and Eastern Europe. This ranges from new sections on the early medieval kingdoms of Hungary, Bohemia, and Poland (in Chapter 8) to more thorough coverage of key turning points in eastern and central Europe during World War I (in Chapter 24).
  • Western Civilizations’ hallmark has been placement of the West in larger global contexts, and the new edition expands on European and Muslim relations throughout the Mediterranean and Middle East.  This includes extended coverage of early Islam and the Arab conquests, including the newly discovered “Birmingham Qur’an” (in Chapter 7) as well as an interview with a young French woman, the daughter of Algerian immigrant parents, discussing what it was like to be the “Arab in the classroom” (in Chapter 29).

The Nineteen Edition now offers more instructor support than ever

  • A new Interactive Instructor's Guide includes a series of author videos on best practices for the course.
  • New InQuizitive for History provides formative adaptive assessment that reinforces reading comprehension.
  • New History Skills Tutorials provide assignable modules to develop critical analysis skills of primary sources, images, and maps.
  • In addition, the Coursepack provides a variety of tools to assess students, including new Primary Source Exercises, and a Student Site offers an online reader, interactive maps, and author videos.

The best value, with great packaging options

Western Civilizations offers an excellent package value when combined with other Norton titles.
    -Perspectives from the Past, Sixth Edition, is a document reader that accompanies Western Civilizations, Full and Brief Editions, featuring 225 classic and contemporary primary sources and visuals.
    -The Norton Custom Library allows instructors to create a custom text for their course from a selection of primary source selections, as well as chapters from Western Civilizations.
    -Reacting to the Past role-playing games energize the history classroom by actively engaging students in their own learning.
    -Other history trade paperbacks and Norton Critical Editions can be packaged with the Western Civilizations at a considerable discount.

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


    On demand 3-volume versions and custom formats also available (contact your local representative for details):
    Vol A: Chapters 1–12 (Through the Renaissance)
    Vol B: Chapters 10–18 (Later Medieval World to The French Revolution)
    Vol C: Chapters 18–29 (French Revolution to the Present) 

    Custom three-volume formats (available on demand):
    Vol A: Chapters 1–12 (Through the Renaissance)
    Vol B: Chapters 10–18 (Later Medieval World to 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, 1453–1533
    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