Chapters

  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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1. History’s Story
There's Method
"What is Truth?

2. Wanderers and Settlers: The Ancient Middle East to 400 B.C.
The Ape's Cousins
Bound to the Soil
The Price of Civilization
The Rise and all of Practically All Middle Eastern Empires

3. The Chosen People: Hebrews and Jews, from 2000 B.C. to A.D. 135
An Obscure History
The Ties that Bind

4. Trial of the Hellenes: The Ancient Greeks, from 1200 B.C. to A.D. 146
To the Sea
The Political Animal
Metamorphosis
The Cultural Conquest

5. Imperium Romanum: The Romans, from 753 B.C. to A.D. 300
World Conquest in Self-defense
The Price of Power
The Absolutist Solution
The Roads to Knowledge

6. The Revolutionary Rabbi: Christianity, the Roman Empire, and Islam, from 4 B.C. to A.D. 1453
The Son of Man
The Cultural War
Roma delenda est
The Struggle for the Realm of Submission

7. From Old Rome to the New West: The Early Middle Ages, from A.D. 500 to 1000
Goths in the Garden
Charles in Charge
The Cavalry to the Rescue

8. The Medieval Mêlée: The High and Later Middle Ages, from 1000 to 1500
Return of the Kings
Discipline and Domination
Plenty of Papal Power
The Age of Faith and Reason
A New Estate
Not the End of the World

9. Making the Modern World: The Renaissance and Reformation, from 1400 to 1648
The Purse of Princes
Man as the Measure
Heaven Knows
Fatal Beliefs
God, Greed, and Glory

10. Liberation of Mind and Body: Early Modern Europe, from 1543 to 1815
Lost in the Stars
From the Salons to the Streets
The State is He (or She)
(Prosperous) People Power
The Declaration of Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity
Blood and Empires

11. Mastery of the Machine: The Industrial Revolution, from 1764 to 1914
Facts of Factories
Life in the Big City
Cleaning Up the Mess
For the Workers
The Machinery of Nature

12. The Westerner’s Burden: Imperialism and Nationalism, from 1810 to 1918
“New and Improved” Imperialism
From Sea to Shining Sea
Nationalism’s Curse
The Balkan Cauldron
The Great War

13. Rejections of Democracy: The InterWar Years and World War II, from 1917 to 1945
Decline of the West?
Russians in Revolt
Losing their Grip
Fascist Fury
Hitler’s Hatreds
The Roads to Global War

14. A World Divided: The Early Cold War, from 1945 to 1980
From Friends to Foes
Making Money
To the Brink, again and again
Letting Go and Holding On
American Hegemony
The Uneasy Understanding

15. Into the Future: The Contemporary Era, from 1980 to the Present
A Surprise Ending
Searching for Stability
An Unexpected Revival
Haves and Cannots
Values of Violence

Epilogue: Why Western Civilization?

 

Last Updated: 16 January 2017