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Discovering the Western Past, Volume II: Since 1500, 7th Edition

  • Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks
  • Andrew D. Evans
  • William Bruce Wheeler
  • Julius R. Ruff
  • ISBN-10: 1111837171
  • ISBN-13: 9781111837174
  • 448 Pages | Paperback
  • Previous Editions: 2008, 2004, 2000
  • COPYRIGHT: 2015 Published
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About the Product

This successful Western history version of the popular Discovering series provides a broad range of both visual and written sources. The unique pedagogical framework includes The Problem, Sources and Method, The Evidence, Questions to Consider, and Epilogue and Evaluation sections in each chapter. This structure promotes critical thinking, sharpens analytical skills, and builds student interest in the subject matter. DISCOVERING THE WESTERN PAST: A LOOK AT THE EVIDENCE, Volume II: Since 1500, Seventh Edition, emphasizes historical study as interpretation rather than memorization of data, with actual documents and artifacts from which students develop answers to historical questions--and learn to think like historians. Significantly revised, this edition includes four new chapters: “Royal Power and Overseas Expansion, 1450–1540” (Ch. 2); “Motherhood, Nationalism, and Women's Political Role, 1848–1940” (Ch. 10); “Cold War Cultures: Visions of the 'Good Life' in East and West” (Ch. 13); and “Europe and the Iraq War” (Ch. 14).

Features

  • The unique pedagogical framework includes The Problem, Sources and Method, The Evidence, Questions to Consider, and Epilogue and Evaluation sections in each chapter. This structure promotes critical thinking, sharpens analytical skills, and builds student interest in the subject matter.

  • The text emphasizes historical study as interpretation rather than memorization of data, with actual documents and artifacts from which students develop answers to historical questions--and learn to think like historians.

Reviews

“I like this text a lot. It engages the students because they are forced to think for themselves about how to interpret the sources.”
— Christopher Carlsmith, University of Massachusetts–Lowell

About the Author

Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks

Merry Wiesner-Hanks (Chair, Department of History, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee) received her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1979. She has published WORKING WOMEN IN RENAISSANCE GERMANY (Rutgers, 1986) as well as numerous articles on women and the Reformation and urban social history. She is co-author of DISCOVERING THE GLOBAL PAST (2012), DISCOVERING THE WESTERN PAST (2008), DISCOVERING THE MEDIEVAL PAST (2003), DISCOVERING THE ANCIENT PAST (2005), DISCOVERING THE TWENTIETH-CENTURY WORLD (2005), and BECOMING VISIBLE: WOMEN IN EUROPEAN HISTORY (1998). She is also the General Editor of the PROBLEMS IN EUROPEAN CIVILIZATION series.

Andrew D. Evans

Andrew D. Evans (Chair, Department of History, State University of New York at New Paltz) received his Ph.D. from Indiana University in 2002. He is the author of ANTHROPOLOGY AT WAR: WORLD WAR I AND THE SCIENCE OF RACE IN GERMANY (Chicago, 2010), and co-author of DISCOVERING THE WESTERN PAST (2015).

William Bruce Wheeler

William Bruce Wheeler received his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in 1967. He is co-author of DISCOVERING THE GLOBAL PAST (2012), DISCOVERING THE AMERICAN PAST (2012), and DISCOVERING THE WESTERN PAST (2008). He has also written books on Tennessee history and the Tellico Dam.

Julius R. Ruff

Julius Ruff (Marquette University) received his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina 1979. He is the author of Crime, Justice and Public Order in Old Regime France (Croom Helm, 1984) in addition to many articles and book reviews.

Table of Contents

1. The Spread of the Reformation.
2. Royal Power and Overseas Expansion, 1450–1540.
3. Staging Absolutism.
4. The Mind of an Age: Science and Religion Confront Eighteenth-Century Natural Disaster.
5. A Day in the French Revolution: July 14, 1789.
6. Labor Old and New: The Impact of the Industrial Revolution.
7. Two Programs for Social and Political Change: Liberalism and Socialism.
8. Vienna and Paris, 1850–1930: The Development of the Modern City.
9. Expansion and Public Opinion: The Debate over the “New Imperialism.”
10. Motherhood, Nationalism, and Women's Political Role, 1848–1940.
11. World War I: Total War.
12. Selling a Totalitarian System.
13. Cold War Cultures: Visions of the “Good Life” in East and West.
14. Europe and the Iraq War.

New to this edition

  • The most significant addition to this edition is a new co-author, Andrew D. Evans, a specialist in the history of modern Germany and the author of ANTHROPOLOGY AT WAR: WORLD WAR I AND THE SCIENCE RACE IN GERMANY (2010). An associate professor and recipient of the Teacher of the Year Award at the State University of New York at New Paltz, Professor Evans was recruited as an author because of his deep understanding of the way that teachers and students can best use this book.
  • A new Chapter 2, “Royal Power and Overseas Expansion, 1450–1540,” asks students to examine how the activities of monarchs in Portugal, Castile, and Aragon--which involved exploration, trade, conquest, and the desire for increased territory and influence--set a pattern later followed by France, England, the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, and several smaller states.
  • Three chapters are revised with new source materials: Chapter 6, “Labor Old and New: The Impact of the Industrial Revolution”; Chapter 8, “Vienna and Paris, 1850–1930: The Development of the Modern City”; and Chapter 9, “Expansion and Public Opinion: The Debate over the 'New Imperialism'“.
  • A new Chapter 10, “Motherhood, Nationalism, and Women's Political Role, 1848–1940,” explores how gender equality remained elusive despite the revolutions of the late eighteenth century that produced strong statements about liberty and equality--and political structures to support them. Students analyze sources and determine the ways in which they link motherhood, nationalism, and women's political role. Selections include Jeanne Deroin on Women's Rights, 1848–1849; “The Unexpurgated Case Against Woman Suffrage,” (Almroth E. Wright, 1913); and “Women of Fascism” (Margherita Sarfatti, 1933).
  • A new Chapter 13, “Cold War Cultures: Visions of the 'Good Life' in East and West,” has students analyze competing socioeconomic models and cultures of consumption and production, and consider what the appeal of each system might have been in the aftermath of World War II. Selections include Heda Margolius Kovaly on the Appeal of Communism in postwar Czechoslovakia; “What Do You Want?” (Steuart Henderson Britt); various posters; a 1950s French advertisement for “Joy of Life, My Radiola Television”; a West German Coca-Cola advertisement; and more.
  • A new Chapter 14, “Europe and the Iraq War,” guides students in reviewing the positions that European states took on the Iraq war--and why they took them--in light of the divisive question of whether or not to support the United States in its effort to depose Saddam Hussein. Sources include “Europe Has One Voice. And Another and Another” (Timothy Garton Ash); Declaration of Russia, Germany, and France on War with Iraq, March 5, 2003; and “The Ghosts of the Chocolate Summit” (Jan Ross, June 5, 2003).