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The Modernization of the Western World : a Society Transformed

Author: John McGrath; Kathleen Callanan Martin
Publisher: London : Taylor and Francis, 2017.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : Second editionView all editions and formats
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"The Modernization of the Western World presents an overview of the history of Western civilization and provides readers with the intellectual tools they need to comprehend how societies function and change. Covering Western history from ancient history to the current era of globalization, it draws on the tradition of historical sociology to describe the forces of social change and what they have meant to the lives  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: John McGrath; Kathleen Callanan Martin
ISBN: 9781315157795 1315157799
OCLC Number: 1004357161
Description: 1 online resource : text file, PDF
Contents: ""Cover""; ""Half Title""; ""Title Page""; ""Copyright Page""; ""Table of Contents""; ""List of Illustrations""; ""List of Maps""; ""List of Figures""; ""List of Contributors""; ""Preface""; ""Acknowledgments""; ""1 The Modernization of the Western World""; ""2 Modernization and Social Change""; ""3 The Ancient and Classical Inheritance""; ""4 Europe in the Middle Ages: Medieval Society""; ""5 The Late Middle Ages and the Transformation of Medieval Society""; ""6 The Italian Renaissance""; ""7 The Reformation""; ""8 Commerce, Cities, and Capitalism"" ""9 The Centralization and Rationalization of the Political State""""10 The Enlightenment""; ""11 The French Revolution""; ""12 The Industrial Revolution""; ""13 Classical Liberalism and the Bourgeois State""; ""14 Karl Marx and the Socialist Response to Capitalism""; ""15 Nationalism and Nations""; ""16 The Age of Empire""; ""17 The Great War""; ""18 Europe between Wars""; ""19 The Rise of Fascism""; ""20 Total War: World War II""; ""21 The Cold War""; ""22 Globalization and Social Change""; ""23 Terror and Terrorism""
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"The Modernization of the Western World presents an overview of the history of Western civilization and provides readers with the intellectual tools they need to comprehend how societies function and change. Covering Western history from ancient history to the current era of globalization, it draws on the tradition of historical sociology to describe the forces of social change and what they have meant to the lives of the people caught in the midst of them. This second edition is revised throughout to bring the content up to date with recent developments and discusses key themes such as terrorism, refugees, the European Union and multinational corporations. It also includes a new chapter on the Ancient World, covering this era from the advent of urbanization and agriculture in the Middle East to the fall of Rome and emergence of Christianity, providing valuable historical context. Clear and concise, this book succinctly illustrates the essential turning points in the history of Western society and identifies the economic, social, political and cultural forces that are transforming the wider world to this day. Illustrated with maps and images and containing a glossary and new boxed features explaining key concepts, this is the perfect introductory book for students of the development of Western civilization."--Provided by publisher.

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