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Western Civilization: A Concise History Volume 1

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Christopher Brooks

Copyright Year: 2019

Last Update: 2020

Publisher: Portland Community College

Language: English

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Reviewed by Robert Harrison, Instructor of History, Linn-Benton Community College on 6/25/20

The text is very comprehensive in terms of the number of civilizations and cultures covered. In fact, I wonder if even a 16-week semester would suffice to cover them. It is gratifying to see a fairly detailed chapter on Islamic civilization. The... read more

Reviewed by David Henry Paradis, Senior Instructor, University of Colorado Boulder on 6/11/20

The comprehensiveness of this work is somewhat uneven. Some topics, such as ancient Sumeria and the Greeks resemble similar treatments in other concise editions. Other topics, such as the medieval religion, medieval state building, and the... read more

Reviewed by Nicole V. Jobin, Instructor, University of Colorado Boulder on 6/11/20

The text includes an introduction and thirteen chapters covering the history of Western Civilization from the Origins of civilization in Mesopotamia through the era of the Viking invasions in Western Europe. The introduction frames the... read more

Reviewed by Mark Janzen, Assistant Professor of History, Louisiana College on 4/25/20

The chapters covered in this first volume are well-organized and the major topics are addressed but sometimes without sufficient space (more in "Consistency" section). I was especially happy to the ancient world given several chapters instead of... read more

Reviewed by Michael Hofstetter, Professor of History, Southwest Minnesota State University on 6/24/19

The text covers the main ideas and areas of the subject well. However, it lacks an index, glossary, and bibliography. The addition of a bibliography (or at least some suggested readings connected with each chapter) would be most helpful for... read more

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1: The Origins of Civilization
  • Chapter 2: Mesopotamia
  • Chapter 3: Egypt
  • Chapter 4: The Bronze Age and the Iron Age
  • Chapter 5: The Archaic Age of Greece
  • Chapter 6: Persia and the Greek Wars
  • Chapter 7: The Classical Age of Greece
  • Chapter 8: The Hellenistic Era
  • Chapter 9: The Roman Republic
  • Chapter 10: The Roman Empire
  • Chapter 11: The Late Empire and Christianity
  • Chapter 12: The Fall of Rome
  • Chapter 13: Byzantium
  • Chapter 14: Islam and the Caliphates
  • Chapter 15: Early Medieval Europe

About the Book

Western Civilization: A Concise History is an Open Educational Resource textbook covering the history of Western Civilization from approximately 8,000 BCE to 2017 CE. It is available in three volumes covering the following time periods and topics:

  • Volume 1: from the origins of civilization in Mesopotamia c. 8,000 BCE through the early Middle Ages in Europe c. 1,000 CE. Volume 1 covers topics including Mesopotamia,Egypt, Persia, Greece, Rome, the Islamic caliphates, and the early European Middle Ages.
  • Volume 2: from the early Middle Ages to the French Revolution in 1789 CE. Volume 2covers topics including the High Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the European conquest of the Americas, the Reformation, the Scientific Revolution, and the Enlightenment.
  • Volume 3: from the Napoleonic era to the recent past. Volume 3 covers topics including the Industrial Revolution, the politics of Europe in the nineteenth century, modern European imperialism, the world wars, fascism, Nazism, and the Holocaust, the postwar era, the Cold War, and recent developments in economics and politics.

About the Contributors


Dr. Christopher Brooks