Mark Kishlansky is Frank B. Baird, Jr. Professor of English and European History and Associate Dean of the Faculty at Harvard University. Before joining the Harvard Faculty he taught for sixteen years at the University of Chicago where he was a member of the Committee on Social Thought. Professor Kishlansky is a specialist on seventeenth-century English political history and has written, among other works,A Monarchy Transformed, The Rise of the New ModelandParliamentary Selection: Social and Political Choice in Early Modern England.From 1984ý1991 he was editor of theJournal of British Studies.He is currently writing a history of the reign of Charles I entitledThe Death of Kings.
Holding a Ph.D. in Medieval Studies from Yale University, Patrick Geary has broad experience in interdisciplinary approaches to European history and civilization. He has served as the Director of the Medieval Institute at the University of Notre Dame as well as Director for the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at UCLA where he is currently Professor of History. He has also held positions at the University of Florida and Princeton University and has taught at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris and the University of Vienna. His many publications includeReadings in Medieval History; Before France and Germany: The Creation and Transformation of the Merovingian World; Furta Sacra: Thefts of Relics in the Central Middle Ages;andPhantoms of Remembrance: Memory and Oblivion at the End of the First Millennium.
Between 1995 and 1999, Patricia O'Brien worked to foster collaborative interdisciplinary research in the humanities as director of the University of California Humanities Research Institute. Since 1999, she has held the position of dean of the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences at the University of California, Riverside. She has held appointments at the University of California, Irvine, Yale University, and at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris. Professor O¹Brien is a specialist in modern French cultural and social history and has published widely on the history of crime, punishment, cultural theory, urban history, and gender issues. Representative publications includeThe Promise of Punishment: Prisons in Nineteenth-Century France;"The Kleptomania Diagnosis: Bourgeois Women and Theft in Late Nineteenth-Century France" inExpanding the Past: A Reader in Social History;and "Michel Foucault's History of Culture" inThe New Cultural History,edited by Lynn Hunt.
Volume I includes Chapters 1-16, Volume II includes Chapters 14-30, Volume A includes Chapters 1-11, Volume B includes Chapters 11-22, and Volume C includes Chapters 20-30.
Introduction: The Idea of Western Civilization.
1. The First Civilizations.
Otzi's Last Meal: Life and Death in Prehistoric Europe.
The Gift of the Nile.
Between Two Worlds.
Nineveh and Babylon.
A Closer Look: Discovering the Pharaohs.
2. Early Greece, 2500-500 B.C.E.
Hecuba and Achilles: The Birth of Greek Civilization.
Greece in the Bronze Age to 700 B.C.E.
Archaic Greece, 700-500 B.C.E.
A Tale of Three Cities.
The Coming of Persia and the End of the Archaic Age.
A Closer Look: The Agony of Athletics.
3. Classical and Hellenistic Greece, 500-100 B.C.E.
Alexander at Issus: The Spread of Greek Civilization.
War and Politics in the Fifth Century B.C.E.
Athenian Culture in the Hellenic Age.
From City-States to Macedonian Empire, 404-323 B.C.E.
The Hellenistic World.
A Closer Look: Technology and Innovation.
4. Early Rome and the Roman Republic, 800-146 B.C.E.
Eternal Rome: From Village to Empire.
The Western Mediterranean to 509 B.C.E.
From City to Empire, 509-146 B.C.E.
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