A History of Western Society, Concise Edition, Combined Volume
Twelfth Edition   ©2017

A History of Western Society, Concise Edition, Combined Volume

John P. McKay (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) , Clare Haru Crowston (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) , Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee) , Joe Perry (Georgia State University)

  • ISBN-10: 1-319-07358-1; ISBN-13: 978-1-319-07358-9; Format: Paper Text, 1184 pages

A concise and affordable text with a signature focus on social and cultural history makes the past palpable for students. A History of Western Society's emphasis on daily life— from food and medicine to fashion and popular culture—helps students relate to the past and aids their understanding of the broader landscape of Western civilization.

Primary sources introduce students to historical interpretation. With 90 written and visual primary sources included in the document feature “Evaluating the Evidence,” students connect to the past through an array of evidence. "Individuals in Society" biographical portraits highlight the lives of both elite and common people. In addition, Sources for Western Society, the companion reader, offers at least five additional primary documents per chapter. 

Rich pedagogical support keeps students focused and builds historical thinking skills. Section focus questions and marginal key term definitions help students keep the main ideas and terms in mind as they read. "Looking Back, Looking Ahead" conclusions review the bigger picture and introduce students to continuity and change, and "Make Connections" questions encourage students to think comparatively within and across chapters.

The most current scholarship shows students the dynamic and ongoing work of history. Drawing on their own research and that of numerous experts, renowned scholars and veteran teachers Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks, Clare Haru Crowston, and Joe Perry have incorporated the best and latest scholarship throughout.

LaunchPad helps you do more than you can with print alone. Free when packaged with the book, LaunchPad's course space and interactive e-book is ready to use as is, or can be edited and customized with your own material, and assigned right away. Developed with extensive feedback from history instructors and students, LaunchPad includes the complete narrative e-book, as well as abundant primary documents, maps, images, assignments and activities. The aims of key learning outcomes are addressed via formative and summative assessment, short answer and essay questions, multiple choice quizzing, and LearningCurve, an adaptive learning tool designed to get students to read before they come to class. Available with training and support, LaunchPad can help you take your teaching into a new era.

LearningCurve ensures students come to class prepared. Tired of your students not reading the textbook? Would you like to know what they read and how much they understood—BEFORE they come to class?  Assign LearningCurve, the adaptive learning tool created for your survey textbook in LaunchPad, and the system’s analytics will show how your students are doing with the reading so that you can adapt your class as needed.  Each chapter-based LearningCurve activity gives students multiple chances to understand key concepts, return to the narrative textbook if they need to reread, and answer questions correctly.  Over 90% of students report satisfaction with LearningCurve's fun and accessible game-like interface.  LearningCurve appeals to students so that they engage with the textbook, and it helps you to know what they know before class begins.

A range of options offers convenience and value. In addition to the standard bound textbook, this edition is also available in convenient, discount-priced PDF formats and in an interactive e-book format in the text’s dedicated version of LaunchPad, with all accompanying study resources fully integrated. LaunchPad is a complete course’s worth of material in a course space that makes everything assignable and assessable—and all for free when packaged with the textbook. 

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