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Civilization by Niall Ferguson

Title Civilization
Author Niall Ferguson
Publisher Penguin
Release Date 2011-11-01
Category History
Total Pages 432
ISBN 9781101548028
Language English, Spanish, and French
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From the bestselling author of The Ascent of Money and The Square and the Tower Western civilization’s rise to global dominance is the single most important historical phenomenon of the past five centuries. How did the West overtake its Eastern rivals? And has the zenith of Western power now passed? Acclaimed historian Niall Ferguson argues that beginning in the fifteenth century, the West developed six powerful new concepts, or “killer applications”—competition, science, the rule of law, modern medicine, consumerism, and the work ethic—that the Rest lacked, allowing it to surge past all other competitors. Yet now, Ferguson shows how the Rest have downloaded the killer apps the West once monopolized, while the West has literally lost faith in itself. Chronicling the rise and fall of empires alongside clashes (and fusions) of civilizations, Civilization: The West and the Rest recasts world history with force and wit. Boldly argued and teeming with memorable characters, this is Ferguson at his very best.

Title A History of Chinese Civilization
Author Jacques Gernet
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Release Date 1996-05-31
Category History
Total Pages 801
ISBN 0521497817
Language English, Spanish, and French
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An overview of the Chinese world from prehistoric times to the 1970s emphasizes major trends in society, politics, culture, and intellectual life, and the interaction of China with the other civilizations of Eurasia.

The Harappan Civilization And Its Writing by Walter Ashlin Fairservis

Title The Harappan Civilization and Its Writing
Author Walter Ashlin Fairservis
Publisher BRILL
Release Date 1992
Category Civilisation de l'Indus
Total Pages 239
ISBN 8120404912
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The Book Demonstrates That The Harappan Script Is Well On Its Way To Decipherment.

Jewish Civilization by Shmuel N. Eisenstadt

Title Jewish Civilization
Author Shmuel N. Eisenstadt
Publisher SUNY Press
Release Date 2012-02-01
Category History
Total Pages 314
ISBN 9781438401935
Language English, Spanish, and French
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This book explains why the best way to understand the Jewish historical experience is to look at Jewish people, not just as a religious or ethnic group or a nation or “people,” but, as bearers of civilization. This approach helps to explain the greatest riddle of Jewish civilization, namely, its continuity despite destruction, exile, and loss of political independence. In the first part of the book, Eisenstadt compares Jewish life and religious orientations and practices with Hellenistic and Roman civilizations, as well as with Christian and Islamic civilizations. In the second part of the book, he analyzes the modern period with its different patterns of incorporation of Jewish communities into European and American societies; national movements that developed among Jews toward the end of the nineteenth century, especially the Zionist movement; and specific characteristics of Israeli society. The major question Eisenstadt poses is to what extent the characteristics of the Jewish experience are distinctive, in comparison to other ethnic and religious minorities incorporated into modern nation-states, or other revolutionary ideological settler societies. He demonstrates through his case studies the continuous creativity of Jewish civilization.

World Civilization by Robin W. Winks

Title World Civilization
Author Robin W. Winks
Publisher Rowman & Littlefield
Release Date 1993-05
Category History
Total Pages 575
ISBN 0939693283
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Robin W. Winks placed particular emphasis on those developments that most directly explain the nature of the modern world: social diffusion, group and national consciousness, technological change, religious identities-those aspects of intellectual history that have contributed most to our current dilemmas. In turn this means that there is more in World Civilization: A Brief History about nationalism, imperialism, or ethnic identities than there is about monarchies, feudalism, or diplomacy. The result of the strategic and intellectual decisions made with respect to this textbook is that its proportions are not the customary ones. Particular emphasis is placed on the early origins of civilizations, on Greece and Rome, and on the period of the so-called barbarian invasions, because it is by studying these periods that students may best learn how societies are formed. Particular emphasis is also placed on the period from the French Revolution on, for it is the events of the last two hundred years that have most closely shaped our present condition. This book can be read, straight through and in its entirety, as an interpretive statement about Western history written by a person who knew a good bit about non-Western history and who could thus throw into perspective the unusual, the commonplace, and the comparable in that sector of history conventionally labeled 'Western'. The text draws on over thirty-five years of discovering, in the classroom, what students themselves wish to ask about the past rather than what a body of scholars may have concluded they should wish to ask. Though this book is largely about Western civilization, it is also about world civilizations, for from the eighteenth century forward—and in many aspects of life, much earlier-the non-West has interacted with the West in such a way as to make it virtually impossible to separate one from the other when dealing at this level of generalization. As a teacher of the history of exploration and discovery, of imperialism and decolonization,

Byzantium A World Civilization by Angeliki E. Laiou

Title Byzantium a World Civilization
Author Angeliki E. Laiou
Publisher Dumbarton Oaks
Release Date 1992
Category History
Total Pages 162
ISBN 0884022005
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

These seven chapters, originally given as lectures honoring the fiftieth anniversary of Dumbarton Oaks, cover a wide range of topics, from the relationship of Byzantium with its Islamic, Slavic, and Western European neighbors to the modern reception of Byzantine art.

The Indus Civilization by Gregory L. Possehl

Title The Indus Civilization
Author Gregory L. Possehl
Publisher Rowman Altamira
Release Date 2002
Category History
Total Pages 276
ISBN 0759101728
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A brief introduction to the history, archaeology, art, language, and culture of the Indus Valley civilization, written by the leading North American Indus archaeologist.

Mesopotamian Civilization by Daniel T. Potts

Title Mesopotamian Civilization
Author Daniel T. Potts
Publisher A&C Black
Release Date 1997-01-01
Category Ethnology
Total Pages 366
ISBN 0485930013
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Likely to become a standard work for students of the ancient Near East, and for those interested in the high cultures of the region, this account is also a highly accessible repository of information valuable to archaeologists, anthropologists, etc

Tragedy And Civilization by Charles Segal

Title Tragedy and Civilization
Author Charles Segal
Publisher University of Oklahoma Press
Release Date 1999
Category Literary Criticism
Total Pages 506
ISBN 0806131365
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Drawing on comprehensive analyses of all of Sophocles' plays, on structuralist anthropology, and on other extensive work on myth and tragedy, Charles Segal examines Sophocles both as a great dramatic poet and as a serious thinker. He shows how Sophoclean tragedy reflects the human condition in its constant and tragic struggle for order and civilized life against the ever-present threat of savagery and chaotic violence, both within society and within the individual. Tragedy and Civilization begins with a study of these themes and then proceeds to detailed discussions of each of the seven plays. For this edition Segal also provides a new preface discussing recent developments in the study of Sophocles.

Title The Empire of Civilization
Author Brett Bowden
Publisher University of Chicago Press
Release Date 2009-08-01
Category Political Science
Total Pages 320
ISBN 9780226068169
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The term “civilization” comes with considerable baggage, dichotomizing people, cultures, and histories as “civilized”—or not. While the idea of civilization has been deployed throughout history to justify all manner of interventions and sociopolitical engineering, few scholars have stopped to consider what the concept actually means. Here, Brett Bowden examines how the idea of civilization has informed our thinking about international relations over the course of ten centuries. From the Crusades to the colonial era to the global war on terror, this sweeping volume exposes “civilization” as a stage-managed account of history that legitimizes imperialism, uniformity, and conformity to Western standards, culminating in a liberal-democratic global order. Along the way, Bowden explores the variety of confrontations and conquests—as well as those peoples and places excluded or swept aside—undertaken in the name of civilization. Concluding that the “West and the rest” have more commonalities than differences,this provocative and engaging bookultimately points the way toward an authentic intercivilizational dialogue that emphasizes cooperation over clashes.

Indus Civilization by R.K. Pruthi

Title Indus Civilization
Author R.K. Pruthi
Publisher Discovery Publishing House
Release Date 2004
Category Excavations (Archaeology)
Total Pages 252
ISBN 8171418651
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Contents: Introduction, The Indus Civilization, Origin and Development of the Indus Civilization, Extent and Distribution of Sites, Customs and Amusements, Indian Types of Pottery Vessels in Dvaravati Culture, Inscriptions in Mohenjo Daro, Cracking the Indus Valley Code, Extension of the Indus Civilization, Economics of the Indus Valley Civilization, The Decline, Causes of the Ruin, Some New Evidences, Mohenjo-daro and Rigveda, Is Indus Valley Civilization Dravidian s or Aryan s?

Title Medieval Islamic Civilization A K index
Author Josef W. Meri
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Release Date 2006
Category Civilization, Islamic
Total Pages 878
ISBN 0415966914
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Eros And Civilization by Herbert Marcuse

Title Eros and Civilization
Author Herbert Marcuse
Publisher Beacon Press
Release Date 1974
Category Philosophy
Total Pages 277
ISBN 0807015555
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Contends that Freud's theory of civilization is substantially sociological, and examines the philosophical and sociological implications of key Freudian concepts, applying them in an interpretation of fundamental aspects and processes of civilization. Bibliogs

Title The Pivot of Civilization in Historical Perspective
Author Margaret Sanger
Publisher Inkling Books
Release Date 2003-09
Category History
Total Pages 428
ISBN 1587420082
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Today's heated debates over social issues such as abortion, birth control, ethnicity, immigration, race, religion, sexual behavior, and welfare did not begin in the 1960s. They began in the last years of the nineteenth century and reached their zenith in the 1920s, when this book sold over 200,000 copies. Here is all the text of Margaret Sanger's 1922 best-seller along with 31 chapters by her contemporaries to set what she advocated in historical perspective. This is not history told after the fire and passion have died out. These are words spoken in the heat of battle, at a time when Sanger and others believed that the fate of civilization depended on their ideas winning acceptance here and around the world.

Title Early Civilization and Literacy in Europe
Author Harald Haarmann
Publisher Walter de Gruyter
Release Date 1996
Category History
Total Pages 207
ISBN 3110146517
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Gegenstand dieser Studie ist die Entstehung der antiken Kulturen Europas und ihrer Literalitat vor der Verbreitung alphabetischer Schrift: In acht Kapiteln erfolgt eine eingehende Untersuchung der verschiedenen kulturellen Muster einschlieSSlich der jeweiligen Schriftkultur, also des Alten Europas, der Kykladen, des minoischen Kretas und des antiken Italiens. DEr Zeitraum des Wettstreits zwischen agaischen und alphabetischen Schreibsystemen, den das letztere zu seinen Gunsten entschied, erfahrt dabei besondere Behandlung.

Ungendering Civilization by K. Anne Pyburn

Title Ungendering Civilization
Author K. Anne Pyburn
Publisher Psychology Press
Release Date 2004
Category Social Science
Total Pages 242
ISBN 0415260582
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Nine papers examines a specific body of archaeological data - from societies including Minoan Crete, ancient Zimbabwe and the Maya - in order to discuss the role of women in the evolution of states.

Title Classical Readings in Culture and Civilization
Author Stephen Mennell
Publisher Psychology Press
Release Date 1998
Category Social Science
Total Pages 248
ISBN 041510517X
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

This volume presents a wide ranging survey of cultural and sociological thought, bringing together key published essays from thinkers from the mid-18th to the mid-20th century.

Title Streams of Civilization
Author Ed Shewan
Publisher Christian Liberty Press
Release Date 1999-05-03
Category History
Total Pages 51
ISBN 1930367473
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

These world-history texts provide a comprehensive overview of ancient (Creation 1620s) and modern (1600s 1996) history from a Christian perspective. Comprehension and vocabulary questions, suggested projects, beautiful illustrations, and high-quality, 2-color maps throughout. Grade 10."

Title Manliness and Civilization
Author Gail Bederman
Publisher University of Chicago Press
Release Date 2008-04-07
Category Social Science
Total Pages 322
ISBN 0226041492
Language English, Spanish, and French
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When former heavyweight champion Jim Jeffries came out of retirement on the fourth of July, 1910 to fight current black heavywight champion Jack Johnson in Reno, Nevada, he boasted that he was doing it "for the sole purpose of proving that a white man is better than a negro." Jeffries, though, was trounced. Whites everywhere rioted. The furor, Gail Bederman demonstrates, was part of two fundamental and volatile national obsessions: manhood and racial dominance. In turn-of-the-century America, cultural ideals of manhood changed profoundly, as Victorian notions of self-restrained, moral manliness were challenged by ideals of an aggressive, overtly sexualized masculinity. Bederman traces this shift in values and shows how it brought together two seemingly contradictory ideals: the unfettered virility of racially "primitive" men and the refined superiority of "civilized" white men. Focusing on the lives and works of four very different Americans—Theodore Roosevelt, educator G. Stanley Hall, Ida B. Wells, and Charlotte Perkins Gilman—she illuminates the ideological, cultural, and social interests these ideals came to serve.

Title Introduction to the History of African Civilization Precolonial Africa
Author C. Magbaily Fyle
Publisher University Press of America
Release Date 1999
Category History
Total Pages 182
ISBN 0761814566
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Introduction to the History of African Civilization explores the major issues dominating African Civilization from the earliest recorded period to the eve of colonial conquest of the continent. C. Magbaily Fyle begins with a discussion of the myths and prejudices underlying most analyses of African issues, and moves into a discussion of the origin of humanity; the similarities between the classical Nile valley civilizations of Egypt, Nubia, Kush, and Axum; and the spread of Islam through African societies. He portrays the systems of precolonial government and society, including the role of women in governance, as well as traditional trade and agricultural patterns. Fyle provides a new perspective on the Islamic Jihads, shifting focus from Sokoto and Macina to the Senegambia and the Upper Guinea region, and a revised interpretation of the Atlantic slave trade, which includes the importance of African objectors to this process. He also discusses important cultural features such as the traditional African food, architecture, and typical structures of towns.