This book offers a concise overview of the social and political forces that have shaped the West. In fewer pages than other texts, Hause and Maltby's narrative presents a social history of Western civilization within the essential contexts of major military and political events. Primary sources--excerpts of original documents that flesh out the concepts covered in the narrative, tables and graphs that collect the raw social and economic data of history--bring you right into the pages of history, giving you a fascinating look at the events that have shaped the world in which they live.
1. The Ancient Middle East: Mesopotamia, Egypt, Phoenicia, Israel. 2. Ancient Greece to the End of the Peloponnesian Wars. 3. Greek Culture and Its Hellenistic Diffusion. 4. The Rise of the Roman Republic. 5. Social, Political, and Economic Structures of Imperial Rome. 6. The Origins of Christianity and the Decline of the Roman Empire. 7. Rome's Successors: Byzantium, Islam, and the Germanic West. 8. The Beginnings of the Feudal Age. 9. Medieval Religion and Thought. 10. Economic Development and Urban Growth in the High Middle Ages. 11. Material and Social Life in the Middle Ages. 12. Plague, War, and Social Change in the "Long" Fourteenth Century. 13. The Renaissance: Political Renewal and Intellectual Change. 14. The Religious Reformations of the Sixteenth Century. 15. Overseas Conquest and Religious War to 1648. 16. Preindustrial Europe: Science, the Economy, and Political Reorganization. 17. The Social and Economic Structure of the Old Regime. 18. Daily Life in the Old Regime. 19. The Political Evolution of the Old Regime, 1715-89. 20. The Culture of Old Regime Europe. 21. The French Revolution and Napoleon, 1789-1815. 22. Industrialization and the Social and Economic Structure of Europe. 23. Daily Life in the Nineteenth Century. 24. The Defense of the Old Regime, 1815-48. 25. Europe in an Age of Nationalism, 1848-70. 26. Europe in the Belle Époque, 1871-1914. 27. Imperialism, War, and Revolution, 1881-1920. 28. Europe in an Age of Dictatorship, 1919-39 553. 29. Europe in an Age of Total War: World War II, 1939-45. 30. The Social and Economic Structure of Contemporary Europe. 31. Europe in the Age of the Cold War, 1945-75. 32. The New Belle Époque: Democracy and Prosperity Since 1975.