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 History of Western Society has long been a standard among Western Civilization textbooks. It is very well-organized, concisely written, and amply illustrated with pictures, paintings, and maps. The primary sources in the book really help the student to develop the skills that are so very necessary for success at the university level. I cannot recommend this book enough.
--Roy Koepp, University of Nebraska at Kearney

The chapters are easy to understand, well-illustrated, and the features can easily be adapted to enhance any lesson plan. My favorite is the "Individuals in Society" feature that exposes very important characters in history and connects them to themes of the chapter and time period. My students love the pictures and maps. Utilizing visual aids for learning is essential in the 21st century. Out of all the textbooks out there, I think A History of Western Society does this the best!
--Jesse Lynch, Shasta College

A History of Western Society is one of the more thorough texts on Western Civilization history. It is a colorful, well-written text that includes an assortment of features and tools to help students succeed in the classroom.
--Amy Colon, SUNY Sullivan

What distinguishes this book from other survey textbooks is the wide variety of source material such as primary texts and images. This is an area that is grossly underutilized in most textbooks which inhibits students from gaining a comprehensive and adequate understanding of history. Offering such a wide variety of sources enables a student to be more successful in the course and find a deep appreciation of history.
--Calvin Tesler, Lehigh University

A History of Western Society provides a broad, chronological approach to the period. It includes useful illustrations, document analysis, chronology lists, and other features that make it student-friendly without sacrificing substance. The authors who were added in recent years have kept the book up-to-date in terms of scholarship and subject-matter focus.
--Robert Blackey, California State University, San Bernardino

Related Titles