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Western Civilization: A Concise History - Volume 3

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Christopher Brooks

Pub Date: 2019

Publisher: Portland Community College

Language: English

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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

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