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Western Civilization: Ideas, Politics, and Society

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Western Civilization, 9/e covers the Western intellectual tradition and the significance of its ideas within a political history chronology. Known for its accessible writing style, this text appeals to students and instructors alike for its brevity, clarity, and careful selection of content including its enhanced focus on religion and philosophy. Updated with more recent s ...more
Paperback, 903 pages
Published October 1st 2008 by Houghton Mifflin (first published January 1st 1981)
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Kristin
I used this textbook in my Western Civilization class this fall and really liked it. The book is clear, comprehensive and relatively readable. I think it does a particularly effective job of drawing out ideas and institutions in each period it covers that ultimately help shape the Western tradition. My main criticism of the book is that it tries to do too much - my students were overwhelmed with information. I would like to see it streamlined a little, focusing in on the most significant figures ...more
Lis
Apr 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Perry does an excellent job of portraying the history of this world. He stays as unbiased as can be expected and as is possible. I do not agree with everything that is said because I believe in the history of the Bible, but he does a good job, nevertheless. I enjoyed learning more about the Western Civilization and hearing the viewpoints of historians on these cultures and what can be gathered from them.
Jerry
Aug 26, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Christina
I read this for a class and i found it intriguing but not exactly to my tastes.
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Sep 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Excellent survey of early Western civilization from a renowned historian. I highly recommend this book, especially for history buffs!
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Looking forward to reading the next one for West Civ II
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Marvin Perry was a professor of history at Baruch College, City University of New York.
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