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* Landmarks in Humanities guides students on a chronological sequenced journey to the most notable monuments, the most prominent ideas and issues that have shaped the course, and characters of the world’s different cultures.

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Origins: The First Civilizations

Prehistory

The Birth of Civilization

Mesopotamia

Africa: Ancient Egypt

Africa: Western Sudan

The Americas

Beyond the West: Ancient India

Beyond the West: Ancient China

Afterword

Key Topics

The First Civilizations Timeline

2 Classicism: The Greek Legacy

Ancient Greek Civilization

Athens and the Golden Age

Greek Philosophy

Beyond the West: Chinese Philosophy

The Classical Style

The Hellenistic Age

Afterword

Key Topics

Ancient Greece Timeline

3 Empire: The Power and Glory of Rome

The Roman Rise to Empire

Roman Literature

Art and Empire

Beyond the West: China’s Rise to Empire

Afterword

Key Topics

Ancient Rome Timeline

4 Revelation: The Flowering of World Religions

Judaism

Christianity

The Spread of Christianity

Islam 

The Expansion of Islam

Beyond the West: Buddhism

Afterword

Key Topics

World Religions Timeline

5 Synthesis: The Rise of the West

The Germanic Tribes

The Age of Charlemagne

Beyond the West: Japan

Feudal Society

Feudal-Age Literature

Early Medieval Music

Beyond the West: China

Afterword

Key Topics

Early Middle Ages Timeline

6 Christendom: Europe in the Age of Faith

The Medieval Church

Medieval Towns

The Pilgrimage Church

The Gothic Cathedral

Medieval Music

Beyond the West: India and China

Afterword

Key Topics

High Middle Ages Timeline

7 Rebirth: The Age of the Renaissance

Transition: Medieval to Renaissance

The Arts in Transition

The Italian Renaissance

Renaissance Humanism

Early Renaissance Art

High Renaissance Art

Beyond the West: The Glories of the Ottoman Empire

Renaissance Music

Afterword

Key Topics

Renaissance Timeline

8 Reform: The Northern Renaissance and the Reformation

Renaissance and Reformation

Sixteenth-Century Literature

Beyond the West: Japanese Theater

Northern Art

Northern Music

Afterword

Key Topics

Northern Renaissance Timeline

9 Encounter: European Outreach and Expansion

Global Travel and Trade

Africa

The Americas

Cross-Cultural Encounter

Afterword

Key Topics

Africa and the Americas Timeline

10 Baroque: Piety and Extravagance

The Catholic Reformation

The Italian Baroque

The Northern Baroque

The Aristocratic Baroque

Beyond the West: Aristocratic Landmarks

Baroque Music

Afterword

Key Topics

Baroque Timeline

11 Enlightenment: Science and the New Learning

The Scientific Revolution

The Enlightenment

Literature and the Enlightenment

The Visual Arts and the Enlightenment

Music and the Enlightenment

Beyond the West: Japan

Afterword

Key Topics

Enlightenment Timeline

12 Romanticism: Nature, Passion, and the Sublime

Heralds of Romanticism

Romantic Literature

American Romanticism

Romanticism in the Visual Arts

Romantic Music and Dance

Beyond the West: Exploring Africa

Afterword

Key Topics

Romanticism Timeline

13 Materialism: The Industrial Era and the Urban Scene

The Global Dominion of the West

Literary Realism

Late-Nineteenth-Century Architecture

Realism in the Visual Arts

Impressionism

Postimpressionism

Beyond the West: The Lure of the Exotic: Oceania

Late-Nineteenth-Century Sculpture

Late-Nineteenth-Century Music

Afterword

Key Topics

Materialism Timeline

14 Modernism: The Assault on Tradition

New Directions

War and Revolution

Beyond the West: Mao's China

Modern Literature

Modern Art

Modern Architecture

Music and Dance

Afterword

Key Topics

Modernism Timeline

15 Globalism: Information, Communication, and the Digital Revolution

Post-War Convulsions

The Quest for Equality

Science and Philosophy

The Information Explosion

Contemporary Literature

Art and Architecture

Music and Dance

Into the Twenty-First Century

Afterword

Key Topics

Globalism Timeline

Glossary

Further Reading

Literary Credits

Picture Credits

Index