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Western Civilization: A Brief History Paperback – January 3, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0495099734 ISBN-10: 0495099732 Edition: 4th

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing; 4 edition (January 3, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0495099732
  • ISBN-13: 978-0495099734
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #775,319 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"WESTERN CIVILIZATION: A BRIEF HISTORY is one of the best, and most comprehensive, introductory college textbooks in history. The book achieves sound balance between political and social issues and maintains student interest through a compelling narrative and compact chapters. It allows the instructor to do more with a course."

"For a new or inexperienced instructor, this text (along with the various supplements) is as close to a fail-safe strategy for teaching Western Civilization as may be found anywhere. The writing itself is exuberant and lively, and may certainly be used (with or without supplements) by more experienced Instructors."

"[Spielvogel] does an excellent overall job of providing the student with an idea of the political, social and cultural history of each of the eras…."

"Spielvogel's greatest strength is the consistent narrative style, the coherence of the chapters' story line, the inclusion of good documents, illustrations, maps, timelines, and glossary of terms. At the end of the day, students who have carefully read the text will have a decent overview of the highlights (and lowlights) of Western Civilization."

"Spielvogel offers a direct, comprehensible survey of the history of western civilization. His book is well written, skillfully organized, and accurate. It has enough details to enable students to understand the causes and consequences of historical events, but not so many as to bog them down in unnecessary trivia."

About the Author

Jackson J. Spielvogel is Associate Professor Emeritus of history at The Pennsylvania State University. He received his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University, where he specialized in Reformation history under Harold J. Grimm. His articles and reviews have appeared in journals such as MOREANA; JOURNAL OF GENERAL EDUCATION; CATHOLIC HISTORICAL REVIEW; ARCHIV FÜR REFORMATIONSGESCHICHTE; and AMERICAN HISTORICAL REVIEW. He also has contributed chapters or articles to THE SOCIAL HISTORY OF REFORMATION; THE HOLY ROMAN EMPIRE: A DICTIONARY HANDBOOK; SIMON WIESENTHAL CENTER ANNUAL OF HOLOCAUST STUDIES; and UTOPIAN STUDIES. His work has been supported by fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation and the Foundation for Reformation Research. At Penn State, he helped inaugurate the Western civilization course, as well as a popular course on Nazi Germany. His book HITLER AND NAZI GERMANY was published in 1987 (sixth edition, 2010). He is the author of WESTERN CIVILIZATION, first published in 1991 (eighth edition, 2012) and is the co-author (with William Duiker) of WORLD HISTORY, first published in January 1994 (seventh edition, 2013). Professor Spielvogel has won five major university-wide teaching awards. During the year 1988-1989, he held the Penn State Teaching Fellowship, the university's most prestigious teaching award. In 1996, he won the Dean Arthur Ray Warnock Award for Outstanding Faculty member, and in 2000 received the Schreyer Honors College Excellence in Teaching Award.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. Thomas on December 30, 2012
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If you're looking for a book on Western Civ that takes you through the experience with chronological consistency -this isn't your book. You'll go jumping back and forth too many times to piece things together within a trustworthy timeframe,which is necessary when dealing with the "glorious past". Nevertheless, none can claim to be a victim of false advertising as the subtitle itself warns that it is a "brief history".Not to be overly harsh on the work; it does move "forward" for the most part. What it lacks in order it makes up for with its excellent insets, descriptive avenues, and illustrations. Spielgovel has other works which may be a better choice for those looking for an introductory text. While this is not THE western civ book you might be looking for, its an uber accompaniment.The depth with which it presents topics like the Renaissance, and Enlightenment is far superior to other works which were more standard in their organization
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Vincent on April 29, 2013
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I purchased this book for a college history class and it proved very helpful to give a different perspective on the things my professor was saying. Definitely a good companion to have in a Western Civ class.
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By Shea on June 15, 2014
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As a high school teacher, I sometimes work with older edition textbooks. While this book was the edition I needed, it was not in great shape. The seller didn't have a better copy for my use, but gave me the copy they had to use in my classroom as a spare for students.

They provided very prompt service as well…
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I was down to the last minute, and per my usual... waited to order my books ;( this one arrived FAST! I really don't know how I will do in my class as my husband has not put it down since it's arrival! Would do business again in a heartbeat!
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i was a little confuse with the chapter question but i pass my class using this book. it is a good one for anyone who has history subject
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By Kat_Fox on February 24, 2012
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The book was in amazing condition and it shipped fast! It was exactly what I needed and exactly how it was described! Thank you so much!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 14, 2011
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Spielvogel, for good or ill, has become the go-to standard for surveys of Western Civilization. He has the course arranged in more or less politically correct units. That doesn't mean it isn't accurate as far as it goes. The influence of Islam is well represented, but the influence of Christianity is, well, marginalized. I am using the book as a reference for a high school great leaders course, and it is more than sufficient for my purposes==generating a solid list of people on whom my students may do research. I bought it used, so I knew what I might get. The book was battered in shipping as the carton was crushed, but even though the spine was broken, the book held up enough to make it useful.
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More About the Author

Jackson J. Spielvogel is associate professor emeritus of history at The Pennsylvania State University. He received his Ph.D. in 2005. He is the co-author (with William Duiker) of WORLD HISTORY, first published in January 1994 (Sixth Edition, 2010).

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