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PROF. V. G. CHILDE has done very well to bring out, so soon after the seven-year interruption by war of contact with archæology in the Continent of Europe, this revised fourth edition of the book with which he first made his name in 1925. Little of importance has escaped him of the material published since the 1939 edition, and the book stands up as well as ever it did to the responsibility of being the standard English summary of the first half of the 3,000 years of prehistory which lie, in Europe, between the early Neolithic and the Roman Empire. The whole 1939 text has been reconsidered, and much of it rewritten ; there are many new (and better) illustrations, and at the end a set of new chronological tables as well as of compendious maps. The first chapter, on the Mesolithic hunters and fishers over whom the 'dawn of civilization' from the East gradually broke, is perhaps rather constricted, and the geological and palæobotanical elucidation of its chronology rather curtly sketched ; but that, of course, is 'background' only. With the 'Neolithic revolution' to food-producing economy in the Near and Middle East the unfolding of the 'dawn' begins ; Childe pursues it, as in his previous editions, by the method of taking each of the chief geographical regions of Europe in turn, and running through the sequence of its cultures from the first Neolithic to the beginning of the Middle Bronze Age, or the fifteenth century B.C., and then starting again upon the next one.




The Dawn of European Civilization (The History ...



Western civilization traces its roots back to Europe and the Mediterranean. It is linked to ancient Greece, the Roman Empire and with Medieval Western Christendom which emerged from the Middle Ages to experience such transformative episodes as Scholasticism, the Renaissance, the Reformation, the Enlightenment, the Industrial Revolution, the Scientific Revolution, and the development of liberal democracy. The civilizations of Classical Greece and Ancient Rome are considered seminal periods in Western history. Major cultural contributions also came from the Christianized Germanic peoples, such as the Franks, Goths, and Burgundians. Charlemagne founded the Carolingian Empire and is referred to as the "Father of Europe."[1] Contributions also emerged from pagan peoples of pre-Christian Europe, such as the Celts and Germanic pagans as well as some significant religious contributions derived from Judaism and Hellenistic Judaism stemming back to Second Temple Judea, Galilee, and the early Jewish diaspora;[2][3][4] and some other Middle Eastern influences.[5] Western Christianity has played a prominent role in the shaping of Western civilization, which throughout most of its history, has been nearly equivalent to Christian culture. (There were Christians outside of the West, such as China, India, Russia, Byzantium and the Middle East).[6][7][8][9][10] Western civilization has spread to produce the dominant cultures of modern Americas and Oceania, and has had immense global influence in recent centuries in many ways.


Chicago historian William H. McNeill wrote The Rise of the West (1965) to show how the separate civilizations of Eurasia interacted from the very beginning of their history, borrowing critical skills from one another, and thus precipitating still further change as adjustment between traditional old and borrowed new knowledge and practice became necessary. He then discusses the dramatic effect of Western civilization on others in the past 500 years of history. McNeill took a broad approach organized around the interactions of peoples across the globe. Such interactions have become both more numerous and more continual and substantial in recent times. Before about 1500, the network of communication between cultures was that of Eurasia. The term for these areas of interaction differ from one world historian to another and include world-system and ecumene. His emphasis on cultural fusions influenced historical theory significantly.[84]


  • HIST 105 - European Civilization to 1648Credits: 3Description A survey of the development of Western civilization from the dawn of history to 1648.Student Learning Outcomes Understand the contours of the historical period or subject covered by the course.

  • Understand history in general, and the interplay of the world, national, and/or local events in shaping the world in which we live.

  • Students should better appreciate their role in politics and society, and their obligations as a citizen.

  • Students should be better prepared for more advanced classes at the College of Southern Nevada and/or elsewhere.

  • The abilities of students in critical thinking should be enhanced.

  • The oral and/or written communications skills of students should be improved.

  • The ability of students to do research and find information on historical and current events should be expanded and enhanced.

  • Students should understand that history is made up of facts AND interpretations, actions AND ideas, not simply a series of names and dates.

Prerequisite: None


Greek history then resumed in the 800s B.C. to become what it is today. The Greek civilisations of the Bronze Age were the start to human advancement. While ancient Greece expanded from these civilisations and the Mycenaean language, it took a new form and culture. To read further into what followed the dawn of Greek civilisation and understand ancient Greek history, grab yourself a copy of The Story of Greece and Rome by Tony Spawforth (2018, Yale University Press).


Agriculture may have made civilizations possible, but it has never been a safeguard against their collapse. Throughout history, increases in agricultural productivity competed against population growth, resource degradation, droughts, changing climates, and other forces that periodically crippled food supplies, with the poor bearing the brunt of famine.


This course provides students with a fundamental understanding of the history of the ancient civilizations of the Mediterranean from the third millennium B.C. to the first millennium A.D. The readings, lectures, film, and discussions will focus on the major political, social, economic, religious, and cultural developments in the Near East, Greece, and Rome. The purpose of the course is to develop a comparative understanding of different cultures and their connections to one another over time and to recognize their contributions to the modern world.


This course explores world history from ancient times to about 1500. We will travel across Africa, Asia, Europe, the Americas, and Oceania, meeting the first civilizations and witnessing the emergence of major empires, religious and philosophical traditions, and growing interregional contacts spreading commodities, technologies, and ideas across the globe. In addition to textbook coverage, we will deepen our knowledge through weekly engagement with primary sources from around the world.


History 174 explores China, Japan, and Korea from ancient times to the eve of the modern age. We will travel through China from the beginnings of civilization to the empire at its peak; Korea from early states and confederations to unified kingdom; and Japan from the age of chiefdoms and early emperors to military rule (the shogunates). We will watch East Asia emerge as a zone of political and cultural interaction, and also witness early contacts with the West. Along the way we will see the birth of Confucianism and other philosophical traditions, and the spread of Buddhism to China, Korea, and Japan. In addition to textbook coverage, we will deepen our knowledge through weekly engagement with primary sources from all three countries. No prior knowledge of Asian history is required; just bring your curiosity.


Survey of African history from ancient times to the present. Emphasis is on political, economic, and religious movements which have contributed to the rich diversity and the distinctive unity of African civilization.


Prerequisite: GE Foundation A2 for students in English college-readiness Category III and IV. An overview of Jewish civilization from ancient to modern times that focuses on specific themes, events, and ideas that have shaped global developments in Jewish history, culture, and society within both Jewish community and minority status contexts. G.E. Breadth: D2


A study of the ancient civilizations of Greece and Rome, this course is the introduction to European history in the Department of History and is a fundamental course in the Program in Classical and Medieval Studies. It addresses themes and events extending from the eighth century B.C.E. until the second century C.E. Students consider the disciplines that comprise study of classical antiquity, engage with primary texts (literary, graphic, and epigraphical), and learn how ancient history has come to be written as it has been.


In this course students explore the civilization and history of ancient Rome from the foundation of the Republic around 510 B.C.E. until its collapse in civil war and its transformation into a monarchy under Julius Caesar and his nephew, Octavian. Each week the class convenes for lectures devoted to the political, social, and cultural history of the Republic. In addition, students meet once a week to discuss in detail primary sources for the period.


Medieval Spain was a crossroads where the civilizations of Islam, Christianity, and Judaism met, mingled, and fought. Diverse and dynamic societies emerged, and from this climate of both tension and cooperation came a cultural and intellectual flowering that remains a hallmark of human achievement. Using a wide range of primary sources, this course focuses particularly on two key concepts in Spanish history: the Reconquista and the Convivencia. To examine these, students investigate the nature of conflict in medieval Spain and the ways in which those who lived there constructed and understood their communities. 041b061a72


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