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Western Civilizations: Their History & Their Culture (Seventeenth Edition) (Vol. 1) 17th Edition

3.8 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0393934823
ISBN-10: 0393934829
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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.

Joshua Cole is Professor of History at the University of Michigan. Specializing in the social and cultural history of France since the Revolution of 1789, he earned his Ph.D. at University of California at Berkeley. He is the author of The Power of Large Numbers: Population, Politics, and Gender in Nineteenth-Century France (2000).

Carol Symes is an Associate Professor of history and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the history department at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where she has won the top teaching award in the College of Liberal Arts and Science. Her main areas of study include medieval Europe, especially France and England; cultural history; history of information media and communication technologies; history of theatre. Her first book was A Common Stage: Theater and Public Life in Medieval Arras (2007).
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 491 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 17 edition (January 19, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393934829
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393934823
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.8 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #388,531 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By S. Gilchrist on March 9, 2014
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Two Chapters are on the Greeks (One for the entire rise; an equal one for the decline of the cities states); one is on the Romans and Six (if you count Early Christianity as origin) are lavished on the Middle (formerly "Dark") Ages. Check the special "interests" of the authors (medieval, early modern, gender, colonialism, media, modern theater): not a classicist in the bunch. This text is a perfect source for the study of the post modern age.
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This defintly isn't the best history book I've ever had, but neither is it the worst. The reading is pretty average, it doesn't have at least this history buff eager for the next page. But it does present information in a clear concise manner, and asks plenty of questions that gives you a good idea of what the authors think are important.

Even though this book is the first half of western history (it goes to about 1700), it seemed to only delve into women as the only demographic that needed special mention outside of the normal flow of text, there didn't seem to be any additional in depth information about how Africans, the natives of the "New World," or Asians contributed to Western Civilization.
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I love this textbook! History can be a boring subject for some but this book presents it in terms that are engaging as well as instructive. I love the humanistic feel of the book as well. Instead of presenting events and dates, it presents the very human motivations & catalysts behind those events as well. I may get volume 2 and just read it for pleasure! :)
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I bought the used one. I did get the book on time, but the most horrible part is random highlighting all over the book. Next time, when I buy the used one, I will definitely make sure this. Something to think about.
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Amazon lists this as the combined volume (volumes 1-3), but they sent only volume 1, which bears a different ISBN. They didn't actually have the combined volume with the advertised ISBN. I was eventually offered credit towards a future purchase but they would not honor the listing.
Additionally, the book was in fairly poor condition. It was usable but had serious water damage, cover wear, and binding wear. If you intend to order this book for class, make sure you leave yourself time to return it.
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The photos are great, maps are awesome and I love the little tidbits in the readings... cant wait to get the second one
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I am a study skills coach and needed this book to use with one of my students who uses this book at school. I expected the book to have a few marks in it or wrinkled pages or whatever, but when this book arrived we couldn't believe it. It was as though the book had never been opened! Not a mark anywhere. A great investment.
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I don't know why others complained about this book. It's well-written, easy to comprehend, and filled with colorful pictures and maps that make learning the material easier.
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