The Cultures of the West, Volume 1

The Cultures Of The West A History Focuses On The Ways In Which The Major Ideas And Passions Of Western Culture Developed, Internally, And How They Interacted With The Broader World For Good And For Ill The Development Of Such Key Ideas As Religion, Science, And Philosophy Form The Central Narrative Of This Book.The Cultures Of The West Stands Apart From Other Textbooks In A Variety Of Ways, The First Being Thematic Unity What Did People Think And Believe, Throughout Our History, About Human Nature, The Right Way To Live, God, The Best Forms Of Government, Or The Meaning Of Human Life Rather Than Maintaining A Single Interpretive Stance, Author Clifford R Backman Relies Upon A Consistent Set Of Questions What Did People Think And Feel Throughout The Centuries About Politics, Science, Religion, And Sex How Did They Come To Their Positions Regarding The Right Way To Live Backman S Many Years Of Experience In The Classroom Have Informed His Approach Students Respond To Engaging Questions Than They Are Inspired By Facts.Features Single Author Voice Clearly And Compellingly Written By An Experienced Teacher And Scholar Who Knows How To Emphasize Intriguing And Eye Opening Elements Of Western Civilization A Book With A Point Of View Even If Disagreed With, The Text Will At Engage Students Minds Exceptional Coverage Of Cultural History, Especially The History Of What People Thought And Felt Throughout The History Of The West Greater West Approach That Integrates In Sustained Fashion Coverage Of Islam And The Middle East Superior Coverage Of Jewish History And The History Of Women Extensive Primary Source Excerpts Integrated Directly Into The Text, Many Of Which Have Been Translated By The Author Footnotes Featuring Surprising, Engaging Information Usually Neglected In Other TextsThe Cultures of the West, Volume 1

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  • Paperback
  • 643 pages
  • The Cultures of the West, Volume 1
  • Clifford R. Backman
  • English
  • 05 October 2017
  • 9780195388909

10 thoughts on “The Cultures of the West, Volume 1

  1. says:

    I used this as a textbook for an online, accelerated course on the origins of western civ first half It s not a perfect textbook, but I was pretty happy with it overall Backman is a good writer, and there s a light, conversational tone that s rare in textbooks I also very much appreciated his decision to view the west as the broader Mediterranean region, rather than just western Europe There s quite a bit in here about the Islamic world, outside of the crusades and the Islamic impact on the ...

  2. says:

    This book includes a companion volume, Sources for Cultures of the West Volume 1 To 1750, which is reviewed elsewhere.The writing is superb, which is an incredible thing to say about a textbook It s often entertaining, with humorous asides and lots of narrative detail The descriptions of events are vivid and engaging When he gets bogged down in questions of philosophy and religion, which sadly happens often than I would like, the text slows way down and reading becomes a chore.This is a history of ideas than of happenings Backman spends a lot of time exploring the grand thoughts of Western culture, particularly the Abrahamaic religions Judaism, Christianity and Islam He covers ancient history with considerable detail and I came away feeling like I had a solid grasp of the material Things get skimpier in the middle ages, as there are so many countries to cover and the author starts jumping around from place to place and topic to topic His exploration of the late middle ages is so thin as to be practically nonexistent, and it left me confused than enlightened.Still, the book is a solid five stars up through the Arab conquests, and quite good even after that The maps and illustrations are detailed and well designed, with excellent captions The quotations come from a huge variety of sources and do a marvelous...

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