hist 102 western civilization


An introduction to the political, social, cultural, and economic events that distinguished Western Civilization from its earliest roots to the Thirty Years’ War (1648). Major topics include Ancient Near Eastern Civilizations, Greece and Rome, the middle Ages, and the Renaissance and Reformation.


  1. To provide the basic facts about the evolution of Western Civilization from its origins through the Renaissance, with an emphasis on showing change occurs over time.
  2. To enable students to use facts as “raw material” in making coherent arguments about the past.
  3.  To develop students’ ability to communicate in written form, through class discussion and brief written assignments




Western Civilization (9th Ed.)

Publisher: Cengage (2015)

Author(s): Spielvogel, J.J.

ISBN: 978-12854-3-6401

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