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    Western Civilization: A Concise History Volume 2

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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 Jessalynn Bird, Associate Professor, Saint Mary's College on 12/10/23

    I confess that if I were to use this volume in the classroom, it would be for the purposes of a High Medieval through Early Renaissance History course (taught in tandem with a literature course covering the same period). However, I have taught... read more

    Reviewed by Ashley Elrod, Assistant Professor, Northeastern Illinois University on 5/7/20

    The author justifiably states in the series introduction that for any survey of a 10,000 year history, “‘balance’ is in the eye of the reader,” leaving any author of such a work open to criticism from reviewers. Overall, I found that the text... read more

    Reviewed by Amy Smith, Adjunct Professor , Treasure Valley Community College on 1/5/20

    While the text covers a significant span of time it does not give critical depth and context to significant events. One example is the lack of focus on the political background prior to and during the Reformation. This is a significant omission... read more

    Reviewed by Daniel Franke, Assisant Professor, Richard Bland College on 10/17/19

    The text is comprehensive and manages to cover in at least some detail all the topics one would expect in a Western Civ survey—partly this is achieved through the three-volume format. read more

    Table of Contents

    • Introduction
    • Chapter 1: The High Middle Ages
    • Chapter 2: The Crises of the Middle Ages
    • Chapter 3: The Renaissance
    • Chapter 4: Politics in the Renaissance Era
    • Chapter 5: European Exploration and Conquest
    • Chapter 6: Reformations
    • Chapter 7: Religious Wars
    • Chapter 8: Absolutism
    • Chapter 9: Trade Empires
    • Chapter 10: The Scientific Revolution
    • Chapter 11: The Enlightenment
    • Chapter 12: The Society of Orders
    • Chapter 13: The French Revolution

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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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