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Western Civilization: A Brief History

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WESTERN CIVILIZATION: A BRIEF HISTORY, Seventh Edition, maintains a firm grounding in political history, while covering intellectual history (particularly the significance of ideas and contributions) to a greater and deeper extent than any other text for the course. Author Marvin Perry's accessible writing style and flexible approach make this abridged version of WESTERN C ...more
Paperback, 562 pages
Published January 1st 2010 by Wadsworth Publishing Company (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.
Steven Townsend
Jul 06, 2013 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, college
Excellent survey of early Western civilization from a renowned historian. I highly recommend this book, especially for history buffs!
Denise Stevenson
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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