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Western Civilizations Paperback – April, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-0393940640 ISBN-10: 0393940640 Edition: 14 Pck

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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc (Np); 14 Pck edition (April 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393940640
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393940640
  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 8.5 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,774,479 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Judith Coffin (Ph.D. Yale University) is Associate Professor at the University of Texas, Austin, where she won University of Texas President's Associates' Award for Teaching Excellence. Previously, she taught at Harvard University and the University of California, Riverside. Her research interests are the social and cultural history of gender, mass culture, slavery, race relations, and colonialism. She is the author of The Politics of Women's Work: The Paris Garment Trades, 1750–1915.

Robert Stacey (Ph.D. Yale University) is Professor of History, Dean of the Humanities, and a member of the Jewish Studies faculty at the University of Washington, Seattle. A long-time teacher of Western civilizations and medieval European history, he has received Distinguished Teaching Awards from both the University of Washington and Yale University, where he taught from 1984 to 1988. He has authored and coauthored four books, including a textbook, The Making of England to 1399. He holds an M.A. from Oxford University and a Ph.D. from Yale. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Krystal on February 21, 2012
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Decently priced for a text book. If you actually like to learn about history read this, but its not extremely developed. Like you learna bout Greece and Rome, but you can take an entire college class just on learning about all fo the Roman Empororers. I bought this for my college classs but I realized I liked it in general when I was hesitant in selling it after the course was over and done with. If you hate history, don't buy it unless its for college.
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Tightly written college level text with no wasted words or wandering backstories. Yet the writing does not feel cramped or have a forced, condensed feel. Excellent choice for the young adult or advanced high school student reading of western civilization for the first time or the older adult looking to update their knowledge of western civilization gained years ago. Volume I covers from the Stone Age to the late 18th century. Volume II begins with 14th century (repeating the last five chapters of Vol. I for some reason) and taking the story of western civilization to the global era and terrorism of the early 21st century. Maps have just enough detail to aid in understand the shifting, jigsaw puzzle-like boundries of empires and nations from the Fertile Crescent nation-states 8,000 years ago to Eastern Europe at the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Silvia on July 26, 2010
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This is one of the few text books that I actually enjoyed reading and decided to keep. The book does a great job covering a large span of history while providing a lot of information. If you need to purchase this for a class, like I did, I would recommend you look for a new copy or at least a copy in like new condition. If history interests you in any way you'll likely want to keep this book around to read after your finished with class.
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By Fiat Veritas on September 24, 2011
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I used this textbook for my Western Civilization course. I really enjoyed reading this textbook and recommend it (or later iterations) to anyone willing to learn more about Western History. This books is detailed in describing the origins of Western Traditions and begins in Mesopotamia.
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By hdgriller on December 10, 2013
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Read it for the classes as required and quite enjoyed it. Make sure to find original documents when the text references them to make sure it is what the book says it is. Challenge the book and the Professor ignoring facts from original documents.
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By H. aleid on December 10, 2012
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Awesome book and exactly as described. I have been using it on daily basis without any problems. I would recommend this highly.
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By Natasha Wells on March 24, 2013
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The book came sooner then i expected. I was ready for class and loved the view i was able to gather from the text.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Thao Huynh on January 30, 2013
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Western Civilizations is a textbook where you don't need extra information to understand the material; it's easy to comprehend, and the images catch your attention. It's best to jot some of what you read down as when it's time to test, you won't need to reread the chapters, which aren't very long but not very short either.

If your professor utilizes this textbook to write essays, this textbook isn't a good enough source despite its readability.

For educational purposes, this is a good textbook. To read on a personal level, it's not that interesting enough.
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