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Civilization in the West, Combined Volume (7th Edition) Hardcover – October 20, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0205556847 ISBN-10: 0205556841 Edition: 7th

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1040 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 7 edition (October 20, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0205556841
  • ISBN-13: 978-0205556847
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 1.6 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #169,323 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Civilization in the West, Seventh Edition, Combined Volume Mark Kishlansky, et al.

“This text is clear, well-organized, and easy for my students to follow. I have never had more satisfied students over a thirty-five year career.”

–Don Mohr, University of Alaska — Anchorage

“Students typically associate a history classes with being dull and dreary with an accompanying dry text. This book entices students to read the chapters not only because they are assigned but because the students are eager to read them.”

–Janilyn M. Kocher, Richland Community College

“I have seen texts that are dry, monotonous, and chocked with detail. I have seen others that present the material so lightly that it may blow away. This text is a combination of detailed information in an engaging and interesting presentation.”

–John S. Kemp, Truckee Meadows Community College

In Civilization in the West, the dramatic, changing contours of Western Civilization are explored through a compelling narrative and a rich image-based approach. In the new Seventh Edition, updated throughout, the authors blend social and political history with an exceptional map and image program to engage students and make the material more accessible.

New to this edition

  • “Image Discovery” features appear in every chapter and help students approach images as important historical texts.
  • New “West in the Wider World” essays: Chapter 18, “The Siege of Vienna;” Chapter 25, “Babylon Discovered;” and Chapter 29, “Mahatma Gandhi’s Legacy.”
  • New primary source documents: Chapter 14 now includes “The Heart and Stomach of a King,” in which Queen Elizabeth rallies her subjects to oppose the invasion of English by the Spanish Armada; Chapter 19 now contains excerpts from Voltaire’s great comic novel, Candide; the Treaty of Versailles is excerpted in Chapter 26; and Chapter 30 now includes both Vaclav Havel’s address to Czechoslovakia from January 1, 1990 and a press release from London Mayor Ken Livingstone regarding his commitment, and that of 21 other mayors from major cities around the world, to reducing greenhouse gases.
  • An expanded Glossary contains over 60 new key terms.

Available versions of Civilization in the West
Single Volume Edition ISBN 0-205-55684-1
Volume I (to 1715) ISBN 0-205-55685-X
Volume II (since 1555) ISBN 0-205-55686-8
Volume A (to 1500) 0-205-55687-6
Volume B (from 1350 to 1850) 0-205-55688-4
Volume C (since 1789) 0-205-55689-2

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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Kristi L. Waterworth on December 14, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I used this book for two courses at Columbia College and I have to say that reading it was like pulling out my own fingernails. Some chapters were written enthusiastically, but overall the book lacked energy... how am I supposed to get excited about this subject when the writer doesn't care about it himself? Some chapters even wander around chronologically without making that obvious on the first reading, leading to confusion and frustration (and loss of my time having to re-read chapters repeatedly).

The insets were nice (original documents, etc), but always appeared in weird spots where you'd have to keep reading before they made much sense.

My other major complaint is that many chapters contained blatant usage and grammar errors. Did no one proofread this book? Sentences don't start with the word "And," just so you know, Kishlansky.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By WebNewbie on April 7, 2013
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Quite readable. My only two objections, and this applies to almost all history books:
1) Assuming the student will be able to figure out who is who in the various pottery, frescoes, sculptures, etc. Which is the King and which is the God? These visuals can be a big help on tests, but they never label them clearly.
2) Tossing in alternate names for things without explaining them. "To Homer, all
Greeks were Achaeans". OK. So what? What is an Achaean? The index has 2 references, neither of which defines the term nor why it is significant that Homer thinks what he does, nor how we know he did.

The problem is that these books are written by people so familiar with the material, they forget there are a lot of us that are not. If these authors were in an Astronomy course, we wouldn't use terms like Roche Limit or the earth-moon L2 point without defining them, even though I often forget not everyone knows those terms. Hey, guys, have an intelligent person read your book that knows nothing about history. If they ask a question, it's not because they are dense, it's because you didn't include something you should have.

Still, a better book than any other History text I have used, so I think you will be just fine if you take a few seconds to snuggle up to Google for those weird terms that pop up.
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By Ana on May 13, 2014
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I received my book in a timely matter, all needed information was in-tact. The book shows a lot of signs of use, but it did not affect me at all.
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This is the worst textbook I have ever read. The chapters bounce back and forth between being insulting ("Homosexuality was rampant because of a short of women" during the Renaissance) by implying that it is a choice and mentioning frequently in way that does educate me about the times they are speaking of: (ALL Spartan males took their students as lovers ). I am pro-equal rights, but this text mentioned homosexuality so much and in ways that I did not feel educated me about the era that I questioned it's creditability as a historical text. If it doesn't add a meaningful point, don't try to make it fit in the text.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By h_m_b on March 15, 2013
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Thought renting books would be a good idea and at first loved the "extend rental" option. I needed the book for a second class so I extended, which turned out to be a horrible decision as amazon just had me purchase the remaining amount for the book. I should have just out-right purchased it elsewhere. Contacted customer service several times and got the same round-about answer. Going through bookrenter or elsewhere for my books from now on.
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By CW on September 26, 2014
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this history book is very broad and has a lot of great information. You are able to learn from ancient Egyptians to all the way to Modern America and different cultures and religions. Very informative and useful book.
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