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A History Of Western Society

3.60  ·  Rating Details  ·  160 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
A bestseller in its field, A History of Western Society examines the lives of both historical figures and ordinary people, using an engaging, lively writing style to capture students' interest. The authors pay careful attention to traditional political and cultural developments, providing a balanced, well-rounded view of Western history as a whole. Designed to appeal to a ...more
Hardcover, 1106 pages
Published 1999 by Houghton Mifflin Company (first published January 1st 1979)
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Aug 03, 2011 Madeline rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
AH! I finally finished this entire text book. It was quite a struggle, but I feel accomplished.

I don't really have an opinion on this text was long, it was historic, it was dry. Obviously, I wouldn't pick it up for some light reading.

I just had to comment that I read this text book cover to cover- it just had to be said.
Erin Siu
Jul 07, 2012 Erin Siu rated it did not like it
My worst nightmare - sophomore year.
Mar 18, 2016 Skylar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Juan with all of my heart. Great textbook for AP European History, many nights spent reading this book. Great help for those taking the class and for those who want EXTENSIVE information on European History starting just before the Renaissance.
May 07, 2015 Lia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
McKay book, you have been my companion throughout this grueling year. Although you had your biases (Well is there anyone who isn't biased?) you still taught me a lot. Was I irked when you spent 5 textbook pages on contraceptives and a few measly paragraphs? Why yes, I did. But if I pass tomorrow, a large percentage of that grade is due to you. Farewell.Tomorrow I'll be a free woman!
A good overview, picks up where The Human Past left off (with an overlap in antiquity) and provides the historical, rather than archaeological, perspective. Very readable, and though it's a textbook and thus most suitable for students (with plenty of 'summaries' and lists of important key words), I'd still recommend it to people who are interested in history without having access to the formal education (and to archaeologists who only study prehistory!).
May 07, 2012 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A History of Western Society Since 1300 9th edition is the longest book that I have read (1056 pages!). I took an AP History class and this was the textbook. I tried to keep up with the reading of the book as we went along in the chapters, and I actually was able to complete the whole textbook. It took some months, but it was well worth it. I am so glad I read this. This is a great book for an indepth look of European history. It doesn't just serve as a textbook. It covers everything: political, ...more
Stephen Wong
Nov 29, 2015 Stephen Wong rated it liked it
Read it front to back for my AP Euro class... It was grueling, but I learned a lot from it.
May 31, 2010 Tim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The ninth edition of A History of Western Society has added two new authors who attempt to bring more women's and family history into the story. A necessary task, just not one particularly well done in this edition. Too often these details seem tacked on and sometimes they diminish what was the book's previous strengths. The section on Italian prostitutes inserted almost randomly into the portion of a chapter on Reformation ideas is a particularly horrible example of this lack of integration. Ho ...more
The New History movement has greatly influenced this book. It waters down most materials, although it does at times read like a college text book. An extreme focus on Western Civilization leads the book in to the troubles of not defining Western Civilization in accordance with the rest of the world. Furthermore, the religion sections were heavily biased, especially those written about Christianity. I think a high school student could form a more impartial section on Christian religious elements ...more
Apr 13, 2011 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I never cease to grab this book for poignant information whether to win an argument with my husband or teach my children something about European History in relation to the world. I used this book often in my own collegiate studies and continue to use it even today!Definitely a favourite of mine!
Fredrick Danysh
Oct 27, 2014 Fredrick Danysh rated it liked it
Shelves: history
Predominately a history of European development, this work covers a variety of events. There is little from pre-Greek and pre-Roman times.
This was a history textbook for one of my college courses. Its was from my first semester, so it is one of the few I sold back.
May 20, 2013 Tash added it
Read it all again for the AP European test. :P
Oct 30, 2011 Bridget rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: school, non-fiction, own
A rollercoaster of European history. I liked it.
Jul 19, 2013 Pinky rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Never left anything out
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