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Core Studies 4 faculty use a variety of materials and resources to meet the objectives of the course:


The Shaping of the Modern World from the Enlightenment to the Present, 3rd. edition (Pearson Custom Publishing, 1889), a collection of documents compiled by the History Department
The Internet Modern History Source Book, an extensive collection of on-line sources by Paul Halsall



Duiker, William J.  & Jackson J. Spielvogel, World History, Vol. II: Since 1500 (2nd ed.,  Belmont CA: West/Wadsworth, 1998). Based on Spielvogel, Western Civilization; but with the European material on politics, culture, art in 17th-18th centuries, industrialization, nation-building and culture in the 19th century  greatly condensed (the French Revolution shrinks from 20 pages to 8), and the World wars and interwar era in the 20th; in exchange several new chapters are added on discovery and trade, the Islamic world, Asia.  The post-1945 period is greatly expanded.

McKay, John P., Bennett D. Hill & John Buckler, A History of Western Society, 6th ed., (Boston-New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1999.) An exceedingly popular textbook nationally, with  notable concentration on society and culture, with excellent chapters on the agricultural revolution and its social impact (#17), women and family in the 18th and 19th centuries (##20, 24), and ideas in the twentieth century (#28).  The same authors’ History of World Societies consists of the Western book plus additional chapters on the U.S. and non-Western regions, which makes it more global but, according to one faculty user, “exceedingly long.”

King, Margaret L. , Western Civilization: A Social and Cultural History, Vol. 2: 1500-The Present (Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey, 2000)

Stavrianos, L. S. The World Since 1500: A Global History, 8th ed., Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1999 (vol. 2 of A Global History: From Prehistory to the 21st Century). A true global history, beginning with the expansion of Iberia and North Atlantic Europe into the Americas, and of Russia into Asia as a gateway to global unity, after which two chapters on western European culture and politics are followed by several on other regions.  The final part, dealing with 1914 to the present, stresses world wars, economics, and decolonization.

Sullivan, Richard E., Dennis Sherman, & John B. Harrison, A Short History of Western Civilization, vol. 2: since 1600 (8th ed., New York: McGraw Hill, 1994) Brief overview of western history, from 1600-present in about 360 pages (compared to the more usual 450-500). Adequate illustrations/maps in B/W.  Gives full, separate chapters to American and French Revolutions, and a further chapter to U.S. history in the period 1800-1920; deals with political history of period 1815-1914  in four brief, distinct chapters of 11-12 pages each, and devotes two separate chapters to nineteenth century ideas (one on religion and science, one on thought and culture generally).  With this dutiful attention to political narrative and intellectual history, there is a corresponding de-emphasis of social and economic matters, especially in the twentieth century, where the coverage is political except for brief sections on ideas in one whole chapter and a few pages of another.