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A Concise Survey of Western Civilization: Supremacies and Diversities throughout History, Vol. 1: Prehistory to 1500 (Volume 1) Hardcover – January 16, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1442207813 ISBN-10: 1442207817

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (January 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442207817
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442207813
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 10.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,272,828 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Written with the skill of a novelist, this book guides the reader step by step through the process of what a historian thinks, does, and interprets. Chapter content establishes the foundation for each future chapter with carefully selected questions, key-word definitions, and ideas in bold type. This is the best-written textbook on Western civilization that I have had the pleasure to read in thirty-five years of teaching. (Paquette, William A.)

Professor Pavlac has come up with an effective comparative approach: what's new, what's different, what's changed, what's distinctive. This way of encountering Western civilization without drowning in details will produce students who are well-grounded for upper-division courses. (Christopher M. Bellitto)

About the Author

Brian A. Pavlac is the Herve A. LeBlanc Distinguished Service Professor and chair of the Department of History at King's College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.

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By carlito3493 on January 12, 2012
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Textbook companies almost always add information to their texts in order to make them longer and make the price go up. Thus creating an impossible amount of material. This book hits on all the crucial elements without adding "fluff." It's great!
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