1. History’s Story
  2. Wanderers and Settlers: The Ancient Middle East to 400 B.C.
  3. The Chosen People: Hebrews and Jews, 2000 B.C. to A.D. 135
  4. Trial of the Hellenes: The Ancient Greeks, 1200 B.C. to A.D. 146
  5. Imperium Romanum: The Romans, 753 B.C. to A.D. 300
  6. The Revolutionary Rabbi: Christianity, the Roman Empire, and Islam, 4 B.C. to A.D. 1453
  7. From Old Rome to the New West: The Early Middle Ages, A.D. 500 to 1000
  8. The Medieval Mêlée: The High and Later Middle Ages, 1000 to 1500
  9. Making the Modern World: The Renaissance and Reformation, 1400 to 1648
  10. Liberation of Mind and Body: Early Modern Europe, 1543 to 1815
  11. Mastery of the Machine: The Industrial Revolution, 1764 to 1914
  12. The Westerner’s Burden: Imperialism and Nationalism, 1810 to 1918
  13. Rejections of Democracy: The InterWar Years and World War II, 1917 to 1945
  14. A World Divided: The Early Cold War, 1945 to 1980
  15. Into the Future: The Contemporary Era, 1980 to the Present
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This Website accompanies the textbook, A Concise Survey of Western Civilization: Supremacies and Diversities throughout History, 2nd Edition, published by Rowman & Littlefield.

That's a long title for a short book.

This site offers numerous resources to anyone who wants to learn more about the past, whether using the Concise Western Civ book or not. Material may be used for non-profit, educational purposes.

Materials can be found by clicking on the available links. Yellow text in the red boxes and underlined blue text are hyperlinks. Clicking on the titles in the left-hand column to links directly to an contents page for each chapter. Each page will offer, first, a brief theme and summary of the chapter and the several sections. A list of key words, the main names, events, and facts for each section follows. Review Questions and other questions round out each Study Guide page.

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The textbook, A Concise Survey of Western Civilization: Supremacies and Diversities throughout History uses interweaving themes to help to clarify the complexity of history: “supremacies and diversities.” The term “supremacies” focuses on the use of power to dominate societies, ranging from warfare to ideologies. Supremacy seeks stability, order, and amalgamation. In contrast, “diversities” encompasses the creative impulse that creates new ideas, as well as people‚Äôs efforts to define themselves as “different.” Diversity creates change, options, and divisions. The interaction of these trends help explain change in history.

Questions to keep in mind for “Supremacies:”

Questions to keep in mind for “Diversities:”

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Last Updated: 8 January 2017