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This textbook is a derivative of  Western Civilization: A Concise History,  written by Christopher Brooks, is an Open Educational Resource (OER) published under a CC BY-NC-SA License. It was published in 2019, with updates made in 2020.

The book covers the history of Western Civilization from approximately 8,000 BCE to 2017 CE. It is available in three volumes covering the following time periods and topics:

  • Volume 1: from the origins of civilization in Mesopotamia c. 8,000 BCE through the early Middle Ages in Europe c. 1,000 CE. Volume 1 covers topics including Mesopotamia,Egypt, Persia, Greece, Rome, the Islamic caliphates, and the early European Middle Ages.
  • Volume 2: from the early Middle Ages to the French Revolution in 1789 CE. Volume 2covers topics including the High Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the European conquest of the Americas, the Reformation, the Scientific Revolution, and the Enlightenment.
  • Volume 3: from the Napoleonic era to the recent past. Volume 3 covers topics including the Industrial Revolution, the politics of Europe in the nineteenth century, modern European imperialism, the world wars, fascism, Nazism, and the Holocaust, the postwar era, the Cold War, and recent developments in economics and politics.

The three volumes are available on the Open Textbook Library website.

Chapter 7 is an exception; it contains material primarily from the following source:

Corbett, P. Scott, Volker Janssen, John  M Lund, Todd Pfannestiel, Sylvie Waskiewicz, and Paul Vickery. “Go West Young Man! Westward Expansion, 1840-1900.” In U.S. History. Houston, TX: OpenStax, 2014.

Cover image attribution: Photo by CHUTTERSNAP on Unsplash 


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