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  • Paperback + Digital Product License Key Folder
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $101.70
  • July 2018
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-64082-3
  • 1056 pages
  • Volume(s): One-Volume
  • Territory Rights: Worldwide
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The West

A New History

Paperback + Digital Product License Key Folder

Volume(s): One-Volume

with Ebook, InQuizitive, History Skills Tutorials, and Student Site

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David A. Bell (Author, Princeton University), Anthony Grafton (Author, Princeton University)


Two outstanding historians rebuild the West at the center of the Western Civilizations course

This beautifully written history recenters the West and rekindles the past in a vivid narrative crafted for beginning students. Grafton and Bell tell the epic story of a West engaged in a continuing search for order across politics, society, and culture, driven by internal tensions and global influences. They deliver the past not as a path to the present but as it was lived at the time, grounded in a balanced, comprehensive, chronological narrative. Combined with rich digital resources to instill practical history skills, The West establishes a dynamic NEW foundation for teaching the Western Civilizations course.


The West as a dynamic tradition.

Grafton and Bell’s new history rebuilds the West as a dynamic tradition engaged in a continuing search for order across politics, society, and culture. With internal tensions and global influences driving historical change, the West is always remaking itself, at times successfully and others disastrously. This strong central thread makes The West an effective teaching tool for the introductory course.

The chronological narrative conveys the past as it was lived at the time.

To show the West as constantly remaking itself, Grafton and Bell adopt a balanced chronological narrative that delivers the past not as a path to the present but as it was lived at the time, in motion, with all of its drama and unexpectedness intact. This approach makes the sequence of events clear for beginning students, and shows them the mutual interplay of political, social, cultural, and material history.

Supports the practical value of the course

As a teaching package, The West recommits to the practical value of the Western Civilizations course, with text features, pedagogy, and digital resources that combine to instill the skills long associated with history and the liberal arts: effective reading and critical thinking. The history itself supports these skills by showing how they developed as tools in the fierce competition of beliefs and ideas that drives cultural history.

    One-volume: Prologue, Chapters 1-26
    Volume 1: Prologue, Chapters 1-11
    Volume 2: Chapters 10-26


    Prologue: Humanity Before History
    1. Origins: The Near East, Egypt, and Greece, 12,000–600 BCE
    2. “The School of Greece”: Greek Politics, Society, and Culture, 600–400 BCE
    3. From Classical Greece to the Hellenistic World: Cultures in Contact, 400–30 BCE
    4. Rome: Monarchy, Republic, and the Transition to Empire, 1000 BCE–14 CE
    5. The Roman Empire and the Rise of Christianity, 14–312 CE
    6. The Late Roman Empire and the Consolidation of the Church, 312–476
    7. Between Worlds: Late Antiquity and the Making of the Middle Ages, 476–900
    8. Europe Revived, 900–1200
    9. Consolidation and Crisis: The High Middle Ages, 1200–1400
    10. Renaissance Europe: A World Transformed, 1400–1500
    11. Reformations: Protestant and Catholic, 1500–1600
    12. Things Fall Apart: A Continent in Crisis, 1600–1640
    13. Ordering the World: New Forms of Authority and Knowledge, 1640–1680
    14. From Court to City: Emerging Cultures, 1680–1740
    15. Enlightenment: Challenging the Prevailing Order, 1740–1780
    16. Revolution: Liberty and Terror, 1780–1799
    17. The Age of Napoleon: Empire and Resistance, 1799–1820
    18. Acceleration: The Age of Industry, 1820–1845
    19. Growing Pains: Social and Political Upheavals, 1845–1880
    20. Apogee: Imperial Rivalry and Global Power , 1880–1910
    21. Things Blow Up: World War I and the Russian Revolution, 1910–1922
    22. Ideologies: The Triumph of Political Extremes, 1922–1940
    23. The Abyss: World War II and the Holocaust1940–1945
    24.Postwar Recovery and Cold War Rivalry:1945–1973
    25. Realignments: The End of the Soviet Order 1972–1999
    26. Globalization: Integration and Inequality Since 1995