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Paperback Western Civilization Vol. II : A Brief History Book

ISBN: 0618004769

ISBN13: 9780618004768

Western Civilization Vol. II : A Brief History

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Western Civilisation: a Brief History 4/e emphasises the history of ideas, presented within a political chronology. Perry's distinctive writing style and unique approach, which addresses the significance of ideas and contributions, make this text a comprehensible and engaging text for the Western civilisation survey course. Updated coverage of the post - Cold War era includes new material on the Kosovo crisis, the East Asian economic crisis and the...

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Great sources, even for non-history buffs....

I'm much more of a chemistry person than anything, and personally I think history is just naturally yawn-inducing. I hate it when when textbooks' prefaces say, "Yeah, students pull me aside after class and tell me how much they enjoy reading the textbook..." which is usually a load of balderdash, because those same textbooks tend to make me drift off to dreamland about much more stimulating pleasures in life, like hot sauce and ice cream. I can honestly say, however, that some of these sources, particularly the 20th century ones, are interesting even for scientists. You really feel pulled into the time period, and can feel the pomposity of Benito Mussolini, the plight of the POWs, the horrors of the gulags... and so much more, all first hand, like you're sitting invisible watching the events happen with your own eyes, just with no danger factor. I got an A in my college western civs class without reading Spielvogel at all. I just read the sources in this book. I know I am forever changed since I was drawn into the pages... Newton's essays were pretty cool. He wrote like a genius, obviously.

Excellent source

This is an excellent collection of primary sources. I use it in some of my courses.

Good Book

ITs a good book, older edition, but most if not all the same info as in the latest edition

Western Tradition

the book itself is good - if you are looking for the next edition because of a requirement for class, this book isn't too far off. Page numbers are a bit different and there are a FEW selections that are not in this edition that are in the next one. But you will survive the class.
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