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The West: Encounters and Transformations takes a new approach to telling the story of Western Civilization. Rather than looking at Western Civilization only as the history of Europe from ancient times to the present, this groundbreaking book examines the changing nature of the Westhow the definition of the West has evolved and transformed throughout history. It explores the ways Western civilization has changed as a result of cultural encounters with different beliefs, ideas, technologies, and peoples, both outside the West and within it. Presenting a balanced treatment of political, social, religious, and cultural history, this new text emphasizes the ever-shifting boundaries of the geographic and cultural realm of the West, with special attention given to Eastern Europe and the Muslim world, Africa, Asia, and the Americas.
Table of Contents
Includes Chapters 1-16
Includes Chapters 16-29
Includes Chapters 1-11
Includes Chapters 10-18
Includes Chapters 18-29
"What Is the West?"
The Shifting Borders of the West
Asking the Right Questions
The Beginnings of Civilizations, 10,000-2000 BCE
Humans, Nature, and the Role of Culture
Civilizations in the Middle East
New Mesopotamian Kingdoms: Babylonia and Asyria
The Emergence of Egyptian Civilizations
The Transformation of Europe
Conclusion: From Food Production to Civilizations
Justice in History: Gods and Kings in Mesopotamian Justice
The Human Body in History: The Mummy
The International Bronze Age and its Aftermath: Trade, Empire, and Diplomacy, 1600-550 BCE?
The Egyptian Empire
The Hittite, Assyrian, and Babylonian Empires
The Peoples of Mesopotamia
The Civilizations of the Mediterranean
The End of the International Bronze Age and its Aftermath
Heirs of the Bronze Age: Recovery in the Middle East, 1000-500 BCE
Conclusion: The International Bronze Age and the Emergence of the West
Justice in History: Egyptian Tomb Robbers on Trial
Building the Classical World: Hebrews, Persians, and Greeks, 1100-338 BCE?
Classical Persia: An Empire on Three Continents
Greece Rebuilds, 1100-479 BCE
The Classical Age of Greece, 479-338 BCE
Conclusions: Classical Foundations of the West
Justice in History: The Trial and Execution of Socrates the Questioner
The Human Body in History: The Classical Nude Male Figure
The Hellenistic Age, 334-31 BCE?
The Warlike Kingdom of Macedon
Hellenistic Society and Culture
Rome's Rise to Power
Beginnings of the Roman Revolution
Conclusion: Defining the West in the Hellenistic Age
Justice in History: A Corrupt Roman Governor Is Convicted of Extortion
The Human Body in History: Aphrodite of Melos: The Hellenistic Portrayal of the Perfect Female
Enclosing the West: The Early Roman Empire and Its Neighbors: 31 BCE-235 CE?
The Imperial Center
Life in the Roman Provinces: Assimilation and Resistance
Provincial Life: Assimilation and Resistance
The Frontier and Beyond
Society and Culture in an Imperial Age
Conclusion: Rome Shapes the West
Justice in History: The Trial of Jesus in Historical Perspective
Places of Encounter: The Colosseum
Late Antiquity: The Age of New Boundaries, 250-600 CE?
Crisis and Recovery in the Third Century
Christianizing the Empire
New Christian Communities and Identities
The Break-Up of the Roman Empire
Conclusion: A Transformed World
Justice in History: Two Martyrdoms: Culture and Religion on Trial
The Human Body in History: The Ascetic Alternative
Byzantium, Islam, and the Latin West: The Foundations of Medieval Europe, 550-750?
Byzantium: The Survival of the Roman Empire
The New World of Islam
The Birth of Latin Christendom
Conclusion: Three Cultural Realms
Justice in History: "Judgment Belongs to God Alone": The Battle and Arbitration at Siffin
Empires and Borderlands: The Early Middle Ages, 750-1050?
Invasions and Recovery in the Latin West
Byzantium and Eastern Europe
The Dynamism of Islam
Conclusion: An Emerging Unity in the Latin West
Justice in History: Revealing the Truth: Oaths and Ordeals
The West Asserts Itself: The High Middle Ages, 1050-1300?
The West in the East: The Crusades
The Consolidation of Roman Catholicism
Strengthening the Center of the West
Medieval Culture: The Search for Understanding
Conclusion: Asserting Western Culture
Justice in History: Inquiring into Heresy: The Inquisition of Montaillou
The Human Body in History: A Tale of Two Marys
The West in Crisis: The Later Middle Ages, 1300-1450?
A Time of Death
A Cold Wind from the East
Economic Depression and Social Turmoil
A Troubled Church and the Demand for Religious Comfort
An Age of Continuous Warfare
The Culture of Loss
Conclusion: Looking Inward
Justice in History: The Trial of Joan of Arc
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