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The Western Heritage

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A core text for introductory-level survey courses in Western Civilization and European History and Civilization. Written by leading scholars in the field, this authoritative, time-honored text presents a strong, clear narrative account of the central developments in Western history with a focus on several key themes--the development of political freedom and constitutional ...more
Hardcover, 7th, 1200 pages
Published July 5th 2000 by Prentice Hall (first published 1983)
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May 04, 2015 Josie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This year, I read this book for my AP Euro class. Not the most exciting, but definitely better than the AP US book! I love European history, but my teacher's lectures were what I really looked forward to, and what I think will help me most on the big test coming up in May.
The book really focused on the economic and political aspect of events rather than the actual action, which kind of made me feel like I missed the all the good parts of history and the emotional part of reading I look for in b
Kyle Keating
May 15, 2016 Kyle Keating rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's a European history textbook and reads like one—but it's clear, well-organized, and readable.
Toby Amodeo
This book gave a very basic overview of European history. It failed to include important political developments, concentrating mainly on social changes. While social changes are incredibly important to history, knowing where one is in the political atmosphere is just as important. I would not recommend this book to any AP European History class, where I first encountered it.
Apr 09, 2015 Denielle marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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This was a required text for my college World History class. It's very dry, which makes it difficult to read. I actually fell asleep twice while reading it, which has never happened to me before. Normally I would have sold it once the class was over, but I've held onto it for reference for my genealogy research.
Finally finished with the AP test, so there is no longer a need to carry this thing round with me everywhere I go. Finally.

As far as history textbooks go, this isn't a bad one, although the bias sometimes irritates me. I don't really have to read this again, so I guess it's not so much of a problem.
Oct 12, 2010 Adam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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mine is definitely by the same authors and is a sixth edition, not sure what this 'combined edition' is, though.
Jan 09, 2012 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
While I enjoyed my class, I wasn't awed by this book. It was good, but nothing to write home about!
Jokes, I didn't actually read the whole thing... AP Euro sophomore year, here I come!
Benjamin Plume
Jul 30, 2011 Benjamin Plume rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a pretty good text from my first college course.
Jan 31, 2014 Theresa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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required text for college history course
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Professor Kagan, who received his PhD from Ohio State University in 1958, has written The Great Dialogue: A History of Greek Political Thought from Homer to Polybius (1965 and 1986); The Outbreak of the Peloponnesian War (1969); The Archidamian War (1974); The Peace of Nicias and the Sicilian Expedition (1981); The Fall of the Athenian Empire (1987); Pericles and the Birth of the Athenian Empire ( ...more
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