The Making of the West: Peoples and Cultures, Vol. 1: To 1740
A team of renowned scholar-teachers created The Making of the West to address three of the biggest challenges teachers of western civilization face — demonstrating how the West has been an evolving entity shaped by global influences; conveying the dynamic interaction of social, political, cultural, and economic history in shaping events over time; and revealing the historical roots of developments in today’s world. Through a ground-breaking chronological synthesis, the narrative deftly weaves together the main events, people, and themes of a specific time, thus providing a balanced, easy-to-follow story line. New aids to guide student reading and enhancements to the book’s organization bring the essence of western history to the fore in the most accessible edition yet.
A fascinating and illuminating book
By Dr. Joe - September 9, 2006
This is a fascinating history of Western civilization that goes beyond the customary emphasis on kings and battles to looking also at changes in the culture and ideas of people over the centuries. It's so enjoyable that it is bedside reading for me, though still very authoritative. The many illustrations, often of period art, add to its appeal. It will tremendously broaden your understanding of how our society came to be what it is today.
Homeschool Mom's Comments
By christinemm - The Thinking Mother - September 12, 2012
We purchased this book to use for an online homeschool course billed as a World History course. Upon receiving it after ordering it from Amazon sight unseen, we found it is a pretty dry textbook, academic writing, and serious. My 10th grader complained it was a slow read. I read some of it myself and felt it is dry and boring.
Upon further research I realized this text is actually a college textbook. I found Ivy and elite colleges listing this for use in every level: 100 through 500.
I also learned this is commonly used by high school students taking an AP European History class. To learn only the European history, some chapters are left out/not assigned.
There is a textbook (this product) and a source book of primary documents (used in the AP class especially for the essay where they compare primary source documents). There is also a study guide to help students prep for the AP Euro test with this series.
I very much enjoyed this book. It's written very simply, but is so information packed that I think if it were presented in any other way it would be too much to digest. I feel like I have a good idea of the time line of major civilizations, events, etc starting with the advent of cities after reading this. This is a book everyone should read, it filled in gaps in my knowledge I wasn't aware of and made me interested in researching more.
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