Chapter 1 - Section 1

Introductory Background

    This text provides the student with an informative account of the dynamic and sweeping story of Modern European history. The period runs chronologically from 1648 to the present. A main theme of work focuses on the cultural inheritance of the past and its impact on the present. First awareness, then comprehension, and finally, valuing of what came before provides the core meaning that is needed to understand the present.

     The story of Modern Western Civilization: From the Rise of Absolutism to the Present presents the reader with a meaningful body of knowledge. It includes major events, trends, and significant dates. The work also includes the identification of amazing individuals whose decisions and actions created this history. History setting precedents, related concepts, and other important elements of the cultural inheritance of Western Civilization are additional factors included in this work. The student will find numerous study aides, enhancements, supporting websites, and other items which add to the study and learning experience of this text.

     The world cultural area known as European or Western Civilization is described in this work using a chronological narrative and explanation approach. It is a story well told. Within each of the chapters there are topics presented in sections with an appropriate heading. The student should have no trouble with following the fascinating story of Modern European history contained in this book.

     The significance and uniqueness of European history are the focus of this book. It is a story well told from the perspective of those deeply involved in the events: that is, the Europeans themselves. Therefore, the facts as generally understood and accepted by historians and scholars are allowed to speak for themselves in this narrative.

     The reader will note that a group of historians collaborated on this work. Each individual has been selected for his or her expertise in two key areas: academic/content background and teaching experience. The writer is most grateful and appreciative for each person’s contributions to this book.
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