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Paperback Study Guide for Western Civilization, Vol. 2: Since 1500 Book

ISBN: 0534600123

ISBN13: 9780534600129

Study Guide for Western Civilization, Vol. 2: Since 1500

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This description may be from another edition of this product. Best-selling text, WESTERN CIVILIZATION has helped over one million students learn about the present by exploring the past. Jack Spielvogel's engaging, chronological narrative weaves the political,...

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Good History book that is exciting.

Unlike most history texts, Spielvogel has been able to capture the key events and ideas of European civilization from 1300 and on. The book is well written and gives the reader good primary documents that relate to the reading. One problem is that the book doesn't give a good sense of chronology.

Spielvogel Rocks!

I have 3rd edition set, and took Western Civ II with Dr. Spielvogel at Penn State. His teaching and his book are by far the best history instruction (or any instruction) I've ever had. A brilliant educator and writer, this text is definately the one you want for any course on Western Civ. Spielvogel includes "Day in the Life" sidebars, as well as the opposing point of view (e.g. the Crusaders in Muslim Eyes, an account of a Muslim's viewpoint).

Good Overview

This book lives up to what it is supposed to be, an overview ofmodern European History. I am not fond of textbook overviews, butthat is what this is, and it does its job. It gives the reader a basic history from the French Revolution to the popular culture of the last 30 years. However, it is still a "textbook" and does not cover anything in depth.

The Best Survey History of Western Civilization.

Professor Emeritus Spielvogel has a unique teaching style that makes history interesting and captivating. This style is mirrored in this book. The text is enhanced by many diagrams, maps and charts. An annotated suggested reading list at the end of each chapter provides its readers with a strong base from which one can begin further research. "Western Civilization" is a very flexible book; it can be used on either the High School or College level and can easily be divided into different themes. If your purposes lead you to non-western areas of history, then try Spielvogel's "World History", co-author by Professor Emeritus William J. Duiker.
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