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The Cultures of the West, Volume One: To 1750: A History Paperback – December 27, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-0195388909 ISBN-10: 0195388909 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (December 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195388909
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195388909
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,167 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Clifford R. Backman is Professor of History at Boston University. He is the author of The Worlds of Medieval Europe, Second Edition (OUP, 2008), and The Decline and Fall of Medieval Sicily: Politics, Religion, and Economy in the Reign of Frederick III, 1296-1337 (1995).

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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Matt on December 6, 2013
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I had to buy this book for my Western Civilization course and I can honestly say that this is one of the most frustrating books I've ever had to read. The author stresses the importance of "creating an argument" in the text to stimulate learning. I understand where's he's coming from but often time this led to a very one sided learning experience. He would only present information that pertains to his opinions without presenting information for the counterargument. This leads to a very limited understanding of what was really going during a certain period in history, with the author leaving out key pieces of information on that era. While the narrative can be entertaining at times, I can't help but feel that after carefully reading the text I came out with a very vague understanding of the material.

This book is also very keen on presenting loads upon loads of useless information. Often times, the author would be in the middle of making a point and he'd go off an a complete tangent leaving the reader confused. All in all, the author created a one-sided argumentative text to be present to an audience who isn't completely familiar with the subject. If you want to write an argumentative text book, make sure you present ALL the facts so the reader can for accurate opinions on their own.
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful By bucky11 on August 8, 2013
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The Islamic world did not attack the Christian world for slaves? How can this be omitted? Five hundred years, millions of victims? Ottomans get a pass in this stupid, dishonest book
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