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    Western Civilization: A Concise History Volume 3

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    Christopher Brooks, Portland Community College

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    Publisher: Portland Community College

    Language: English

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    Reviewed by Chris Thomas, Associate Professor and Program Head, J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College on 3/24/22

    The book does an excellent job providing a general survey of the 19th and 20th century. Nothing seemed overly detailed, and nothing important was left out. This is just the right level of details for a survey course. Current textbooks tend to... read more

    Reviewed by Mattie Fitch, Assistant Professor of History, Marymount University on 7/20/20

    I will be using this textbook for my Western Civilizations II course and I am very grateful to the author for writing it and making it available as an OER. It covers well all of the topics and concepts I will discuss in this broad course and it... read more

    Reviewed by June Morris, Instructor, Linn-Benton Community College on 6/30/20

    Every major topic is covered with great attention paid to a select number of examples that help connect the narrative to the previous chapter and provide strong context to the following chapters. There is enough detail to be thorough, without... read more

    Reviewed by Jim Rogers, Professor of History, Louisiana State University of Alexandria on 4/26/20

    Brooks does an excellent job in comprehesiveness, delicately walking the fine line between too much and too little content. Some texts try to be more comprehensive, and thus lose any sense of orientation of the text. Students in particular seem... read more

    Reviewed by Richard Schiavoni, Adjunct Professor of History and Political Science, Point Park University on 9/16/19

    As a concise 270 page history of Western Civilization, there are expected limitations to this work but overall it provides a relatively complete history of the 19th and 20th centuries. Later chapters, especially the ones dealing with the Cold War... read more

    Reviewed by Ry Marcattilio-McCracken, Adjunct Professor, History, Southwest Minnesota State University on 6/26/19

    There is no denying that this is a short treatment of Western Civilization from Napoleon to the present. At only 269 pages, it means a lot gets left out. However, this could be a boon to teachers as well. With no cost for this text, it means they... read more

    Table of Contents

    • Introduction
    • Chapter 1: Napoleon
    • Chapter 2: The Industrial Revolution
    • Chapter 3: Political Ideologies and Movements
    • Chapter 4: The Politics of the Nineteenth Century
    • Chapter 5: Culture, Science, and Pseudo-Science
    • Chapter 6: Imperialism
    • Chapter 7: World War I
    • Chapter 8: The Early Twentieth Century
    • Chapter 9: Fascism
    • Chapter 10: World War II
    • Chapter 11: The Holocaust
    • Chapter 12: The Soviet Union and the Cold War
    • Chapter 13: Postwar Conflict
    • Chapter 14: Postwar Society
    • Chapter 15: Toward the Present

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    About the Book

    Western Civilization: A Concise History is an Open Educational Resource textbook covering the history of Western Civilization from approximately 8000 BCE to the recent past.

    The textbook is divided into three volumes. The core narrative of the textbook is a political history of the greater Mediterranean region in the ancient period in Volume 1, Europe and European empires in the medieval and early modern periods in Volume 2, and both European and world history in the modern period in Volume 3. Elements of intellectual, cultural, social, and religious history are present throughout, but the main focus of the text is politics over time.

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    Dr. Christopher Brooks, Portland Community College

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