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The rise of the West : a history of the human community : with a retrospective essay

Author: William Hardy McNeill
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, ©1991.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A concise account of the development of the Western civlization beginning with the ancient culture of the Nile.
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: William Hardy McNeill
ISBN: 0226561410 9780226561417
OCLC Number: 24108117
Notes: "'The Rise of the West after twenty-five years' first appeared in the Journal of world history 1 (1990): 1-21; c1990 by University of Hawaii Press"--Title page verso.
Description: xxxii, 828 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Contents: The era of Middle Eastern Dominance to 500 B.C. --
In the beginning --
The breakthrough to civilization in Mesopotamia --
The diffusion of civilization : first phase --
Introduction --
The civilizations of the Nile and Indus Valleys to 1700 B.C. --
Ancient Egypt --
The Indus civilization --
The transplantation of civilization to rain-watered lands --
Introductory --
Asia Minor --
Crete --
The impact of civilization on the outer fringes of the agricultural world --
Megalithic protocivilization --
High barbarism of the Eurasian Steppe. The rise of a cosmopolitan civilization in the Middle East, 1700-500 B.C. --
Introduction --
Military-political changes --
Administrative systems --
Social structure --
Cultural conservation and advance --
Babylonia --
Egypt --
The intermediate regions --
Zoroastrianism and Judaism --
The formulation of peripheral civilizations in India, Greece, and China, 1700-500 B.C. --
Introduction --
The formulation of Indian civilization --
The formulation of Greek civilization --
Political and social development --
Cultural growth --
Religion --
Art --
Literature --
Philosophy --
The beginnings of Chinese civilization to 500 B.C. --
Changes in the barbarian world to 500 B.C. Eurasian cultural balance 500 B.C.-1500 A.D. --
General introduction --
The expansion of Hellenism, 500-146 B.C. --
The flowering of Greek culture, 500-336 B.C. --
Introduction --
Political evolution --
The perfecting of Greek cultural forms --
Tragedy --
Philosophy --
History and rhetoric --
Monumental art --
Summary --
Hellenic expansion into barbarian Europe --
The Hellenization of the orient, 500-146 B.C. --
Military and political --
Social and cultural --
Closure of the Eurasian Ecumene, 500 B.C.-200 A.D. --
Introduction --
Expansion and development of the non-Hellenic civilizations of Eurasia, 500-100 B.C. --
India --
China --
The Far West : Rome and Western Europe, 336-146 B.C. --
The Eurasian Ecumene, 100 B.C.-200 A.D. --
Political and social developments --
Cultural growth and interchange --
Art --
Religion --
Other aspects of the high cultural tradition of Eurasia, 100 B.C.-200 A.D. Barbarian onslaught and civilized response, 200-600 A.D. --
Introduction --
The flowering of Indian culture --
Political and social framework --
Cultural achievements --
Language --
Literature --
Religion and philosophy --
Science --
Art --
Other aspects of Indian culture --
The expansion of Indian civilization --
Southeast Asia --
Eastern Mediterranean, Iran, and Central Asia --
China --
The northern frontier : barbarian breakthrough and civilized reaction --
The great migrations --
Consequences of the migrations --
Civilizing the barbarians --
Modification of civilized military and political institutions in Western Eurasia --
Cultural changes in Persia and Rome --
The outer fringes. The resurgence of the Middle East, 600-1000 A.D. --
Introduction --
The Moslem world --
Christendom --
India --
China and the Far East --
The outer fringes --
Steppe conquerors and the European Far West, 1000-1500 A.D. --
Introduction --
Infiltration and conquest from the Steppe --
Islamic reaction to the pressures from the Steppe --
Political and social --
Cultural --
Indians, Christians, and Jews under Moslem rule --
The Moslem heartlands --
India --
Orthodox Christendom --
The Far East --
China --
China's outliers --
The Far West --
Introductory --
The struggle for political order --
The expansion of Western Europe --
Cultural growth : the high middle ages --
Unique characteristics of West European civilization --
The fringes of the Ecumene. The era of Western dominance, 1500 A.D. to the present --
General introduction --
The Far West's challenge to the world, 1500-1700 A.D. --
The great European explorations and their world-wide consequences --
The transmutation of Europe, 1500-1650 A.D. --
Politics --
Economics --
Culture --
Europe's outliers : the Americas and Russia, 1500-1650 A.D. --
The Americas --
Russia --
The changing balance of the Ecumene, 1500-1700 A.D. --
The Moslem world --
The Iberian Crusade and Moslem response --
The rise of Russia and its consequences for Islam --
The Sunni-Shi'a Conflict and its consequences for Islam --
The subject religious communities in the Moslem world --
Hindu India and Buddhist Southeast Asia --
Christians under Moslem rule --
Jews in Moslem lands --
The Far East --
China --
Japan --
Tibet, Mongolia, and the Central Asian Steppe --
Africa --
Conclusion. The tottering world balance, 1700-1850 A.D. --
Introduction --
The old regime of Europe, 1650-1789 A.D. --
European expansion to new ground --
Exploration, trade, and national rivalries --
Plantations and the conscious transformation of tropical and subtropical economies --
The spread of European settlement --
Acculturation in the older outliers of Europe : America and Russia --
Spanish America --
Brazil and North America --
Russia --
The compromises of the old regime in the European heartlands --
Political and social compromises --
Intellectual compromises --
Compromises in the arts --
Elements of instability in the old regime --
Moslem catalepsy, 1700-1850 A.D. --
Ottoman reform and Christian rebellion --
Iran and Turkestan --
Disintegration of the Mogul Empire in India --
Islam in Africa and Southeast Asia. Hindu and Buddhist Asia, 1700-1850 A.D. --
Creeping crisis in the Far East, 1700-1850 A.D. --
China --
Japan --
The retreat of barbarism, 1700-1850 A.D. --
The rise of the West : Cosmopolitanism on a global scale, 1850-1950 A.D. --
Introductory --
The Western explosion, 1789-1917 A.D. --
Territorial expansion --
Industrialism --
The first or British phase --
The second or German and American phase --
The democratic revolution --
Artistic and intellectual aspects --
The non-Western world, 1850-1950 A.D. --
The changing shape and style of the Ecumene --
The Moslem world --
Hindu India --
China --
Japan --
Other parts of the world.
Responsibility: by William H. McNeill ; drawings by Béla Petheö.
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