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McKay (History, U. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) offers a history of western civilization from Mesopotamia to the present, with a focus on social history and chapters on Greece, Rome, religious wars, political revolutions, revolutions in energy and industry, expansion, urbanism, nationalism, dictatorship and the Second World War, and the Cold War, among other topics. The new edition is updated with recent scholarship, primary sources, photo essays, information on women and gender, and more focus on ethnicity such as with the section on Islamic regions.
The book examines the lives of both historical figures and ordinary people, using an engaging, lively writing style to capture and maintain student interest and paying careful attention to political and cultural phenomena, providing a balanced account of Western history as a whole.
A History of Western Societyremains the most popular AP European history textbook available because it captures students' interest in the everyday life of the past and ties social history to the broad sweep of politics and culture. The tenth edition has been thoroughly revised to strengthen the text's readability, heighten its attention to daily life, and incorporate the insights of new scholarship, including a strengthened treatment of European exploration and a thoroughly revised post-1945 section. With a dynamic new design, new special features on visual evidence, and a completely revised and robust companion reader, this significant revision will help AP students master the concepts and content of European history.
A History of Western Society continues to capture the attention of AP European history students because it recreates the lives of ordinary people and makes history memorable. The eleventh edition continues to tie social history to the broad sweep of politics and culture, heightening its attention to daily life, and aligning perfectly to the AP European course. With its unique AP-specific features and resources, and a variety of new digital tools, A History of Western Society helps AP students master the concepts and content of European history, whether in print or online.
A History of World Societies introduces students to the global past through social history and the stories and voices of the people who lived it. Now published by Bedford/St. Martin's, and informed by the latest scholarship, the book has been thoroughly revised with students in mind to meet the needs of the evolving course. Proven to work in the classroom, the book's regional and comparative approach helps students understand the connections of global history while providing a manageable organization. With more global connections and comparisons, more documents, special features and activities that teach historical analysis, and an entirely new look, the ninth edition is the most teachable and accessible edition yet. Test drive a chapter today. Find out how. Download samples of Chapter 12 and Chapter 16. Or, read the preface.
A History of World Societies introduces students to the global past through social history and the stories and voices of the people who lived it.
Long praised by instructors and students for its accessible regional chapter structure, readability, and sustained attention to social history, the tenth edition of A History of World Societies includes even more built-in tools to engage today's students and save instructors time. This edition features thoroughly revised chapters by new author and Latin American specialist Jerry Dávila, an expanded primary source program in the text and online, and the best and latest scholarship throughout.
Description of societies around the world, from early civilization to 1715.
The social history focus that has been the core element of this book since its first edition continues. The author incorporates more discussion of groups and regions that are frequently shortchanged in the general histories of Europe and Western Civilization. This expanded scope reflects the renewed awareness within the profession of Europe's enormous historical diversity, as well as the efforts of contemporary Europeans to understand the ambivalent and contested meanings of their national, regional, ethnic, and pan-European identities.
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