The Rise of the West

A History of the Human Community


Author: William H. McNeill

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226561615

Category: History

Page: 860

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The Rise of the West, winner of the National Book Award for history in 1964, is famous for its ambitious scope and intellectual rigor. In it, McNeill challenges the Spengler-Toynbee view that a number of separate civilizations pursued essentially independent careers, and argues instead that human cultures interacted at every stage of their history. The author suggests that from the Neolithic beginnings of grain agriculture to the present major social changes in all parts of the world were triggered by new or newly important foreign stimuli, and he presents a persuasive narrative of world history to support this claim. In a retrospective essay titled "The Rise of the West after Twenty-five Years," McNeill shows how his book was shaped by the time and place in which it was written (1954-63). He discusses how historiography subsequently developed and suggests how his portrait of the world's past in The Rise of the West should be revised to reflect these changes. "This is not only the most learned and the most intelligent, it is also the most stimulating and fascinating book that has ever set out to recount and explain the whole history of mankind. . . . To read it is a great experience. It leaves echoes to reverberate, and seeds to germinate in the mind."—H. R. Trevor-Roper, New York Times Book Review

The West Wing

The American Presidency As Television Drama


Author: Peter C. Rollins,John E. O'Connor

Publisher: Syracuse University Press

ISBN: 9780815630265

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 295

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This work shows that while the series 'The West Wing' may be criticized as 'idealistic', its clever techniques of camera work, lighting, editing and mise en scene reflect America's best image of itself and entertain a loyal audience that wants to believe in the nobility of the American Dream.

China and the West

Ideas and Activists


Author: David S. G. Goodman

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9780719029417

Category: China

Page: 186

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The West Beyond the West

A History of British Columbia


Author: Jean Barman

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 9780802071859

Category: History

Page: 449

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Critically acclaimed since its publication in 1991, the BC history of choice has now been revised. Here is the story of Canada's westernmost province, beginning at the point of contact between Native peoples and Europeans and continuing up to 1995. Jean Barman tells the story by focusing not only on the history made by leaders in government but also by including the roles of women, immigrants, and Native peoples. She interweaves political, social, economic, and demographic events into an absorbing account that reveals the roots of contemporary British Columbia in all its diversity and apparent contradictions. The revised edition has been updated to include information from the 1991 census and revisions have been made throughout the book, including the references, to update it to 1995.

A Plea for the West


Author: Lyman Beecher

Publisher: Applewood Books

ISBN: 1429018372

Category: Philosophy

Page: 196

View: 6664

""With our American Philosophy and Religion series, Applewood reissues many primary sources published throughout American history. Through these books, scholars, interpreters, students, and non-academics alike can see the thoughts and beliefs of Americans who came before us.""

Journey to the West


Author: Anthony C. Yu

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226971544

Category: Fiction

Page: 480

View: 8897

The first complete English translation of the classic fictional narrative about the sixteen-year pilgrimage of the seventh-century monk Hsuan-tsang to bring back to China from India thousands of items of Buddhist scripture

The Islamic World and the West

An Introduction to Political Cultures and International Relations


Author: Kai Hafez,Mary Ann Kenny

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004116511

Category: Social Science

Page: 246

View: 584

The anthology is an introduction to political cultures in the Islamic world and into relations between the West and Islam. It details its analysis in country studies on Algeria, Iran, Egypt, Morocco, Turkey, Bosnia, Israel/Palestine, Iraq, Central Asia and Pakistan.

The West

Its Commerce and Navigation


Author: James Hall

Publisher: N.A


Category: Cincinnati (Ohio)

Page: 328

View: 9062

A History of the West Indies

Containing the Natural, Civil, and Ecclesiastical History of Each Island; with an Account of the Missions Instituted in Those Islands, from the Commencement of Their Civilization, But More Especially of the Missions which Have Been Established in that Archipelago by the Society Late in Connexion with the Rev. John Wesley


Author: Thomas Coke

Publisher: N.A


Category: Haiti

Page: N.A

View: 5940