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Imagine your Western Civilization students evaluating evidence, making connections, and thinking analytically about the past and present. Imagine your students better understanding the development of western ideas and values and the impact on today’s world. WEST, a brief, lively narrative offers a rich, innovative and integrated teaching and learning program for today’s Western Civilization courses. One that combines an outstanding design and a ground-breaking digital program, Connect History, that embraces instructor’s course goals while meeting students where they learn best, in an active environment.
WEST illustrates the significance of economic, political, social and cultural interactions that shaped Western Civilization while asking students to analyze events and themes in order to build a greater understanding of the past and its influence and impact on the present. With WEST, students are no longer simply reading a static page. They are interacting and engaging in a visual and hands-on learning experience. As students experience the history of Western Civilization, WEST builds the critical analysis skills that will student success in this history course and beyond.
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The Roots of Western Civilization: The Ancient Middle East to the Sixth Century B.C.E.
The Contest for Excellence: Greece, 2000–338 B.C.E.
The Poleis Become Cosmopolitan: The Hellenistic World, 336–150 B.C.E.
Pride in Family and City: Rome from Its Origins Through the Republic, 753–44 B.C.E.
Territorial and Christian Empires: The Roman Empire, 31 B.C.E.– 410 C.E.
A World Divided: Western Kingdoms, Byzantium, and the Islamic World, ca. 376–1000
The Struggle to Bring Order: The Early Middle Ages, ca. 750–1000
Order Restored: The High Middle Ages, 1000–1300
The West Struggles and Eastern Empires Flourish: The Late Middle Ages, ca. 1300–1500
A New Spirit in the West: The Renaissance, ca. 1300–1640
“Alone Before God”: Religious Reform and Warfare, 1500–1648
Faith, Fortune, and Fame: European Expansion, 1450–1700
The Struggle for Survival and Sovereignty: Europe’s Social and Political Order, 1600–1715
A New World of Reason and Reform: The Scientific Revolution and the Enlightenment, 1600–1800
Competing for Power and Wealth: The Old Regime, 1715–1789
Overturning the Political and Social Order: The French Revolution and Napoleon, 1789–1815
Factories, Cities, and Families in the Industrial Age: The Industrial Revolution, 1780–1850
Coping with Change: Ideology, Politics, and Revolution, 1815–1850
Nationalism and Statebuilding: Unifying Nations, 1850–1870
Mass Politics and Imperial Domination: Democracy and the New Imperialism, 1870–1914
Modern Life and the Culture of Progress: Western Society, 1850–1914
Descending into the Twentieth Century: World War and Revolution, 1914–1920
Darkening Decades: Recovery, Dictators, and Depression, 1920–1939
Into the Fire Again: World War II, 1939–1945
Superpower Struggles and Global Transformations: The Cold War, 1945–1980s
Into the Twenty-First Century: The Present in Perspective