#1 The Western Tradition / The Dawn of History
The origins of the human race are traced from anthropoid ancestors to the agricultural revolution.

A video instructional series on Western civilization for college and high school classrooms and adult learners; 52 half-hour video programs and coordinated books
Covering the ancient world through the age of technology, this illustrated lecture by Eugen Weber presents a tapestry of political and social events woven with many strands — religion, industry, agriculture, demography, government, economics, and art. A visual feast of over 2,700 images from the Metropolitan Museum of Art portrays key events that shaped the development of Western thought, culture, and tradition. This series is also valuable for teachers seeking to review the subject matter.

Produced by WGBH Boston. 1989.

Closed Caption marc record ISBN: 1-55946-006-7

This series has been discontinued due to rights expiration

#2 The Western Tradition / The Ancient Egyptians
Egyptian irrigation created one of the first great civilizations.

#3 The Western Tradition / Mesopotamia
Settlements in the Fertile Crescent gave rise to the great river civilizations of the Middle East.

#4 The Western Tradition / From Bronze to Iron
Metals revolutionized tools, as well as societies, in the empires of Assyria, Persia, and Neo-Babylonia.

#5 The Western Tradition / The Rise of Greek Civilization
Democracy and philosophy arose from Greek cities at the edge of the civilized world.

#6 The Western Tradition / Greek Thought
Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle laid the foundation of Western intellectual thought.

#7 The Western Tradition / Alexander the Great
Alexander's conquests quadrupled the size of the world known to the Greeks.

#8 The Western Tradition / The Hellenistic Age
Hellenistic kingdoms extended Greek culture throughout the Mediterranean.

#9 The Western Tradition / The Rise of Rome
Through its army, Rome built an empire that shaped the West.

#10 The Western Tradition / The Roman Empire
Rome's civil engineering contributed as much to the empire as did its weapons.

#11 The Western Tradition / Early Christianity
Christianity spread despite contempt and persecution from Rome.

#12 The western tradition / The Rise of the Church
The old heresy became the Roman empire's official religion under the Emperor Constantine.

#13 The Western tradition / The Decline of Rome
While enemies slashed at Rome's borders, civil war and economic collapse destroyed the empire from within.

#14 The Western Tradition / The Fall of Rome
Despite the success of emperors such as Hadrian and Marcus Aurelius, Rome fell victim to barbarian invasions.

#15 The Western Tradition / The Byzantine Empire
From Constantinople, the Byzantine Empire carried on the traditions of Greece and Rome.

#16 The Western Tradition / The Fall of Byzantium
Nearly a thousand years after Rome's fall, Constantinople was conquered by the forces of Islam.

#17 The Western Tradition / The Dark Ages
Barbarian kingdoms took possession of the fragments of the Roman Empire.

#18 The Western Tradition / The Age of Charlemagne
Charlemagne revived hopes for a new empire in Western Europe.

#19 The Western Tradition / The Middle Ages
Amid invasion and civil disorder, a military aristocracy dominated the kingdoms of Europe.

#20 The Western Tradition / The Feudal Order
Bishop, knight, and peasant exemplified some of the social divisions of the year 1000 A.D.

#21 The Western Tradition / Common Life in the Middle Ages
Famine, disease, and short life expectancy were the conditions that shaped medieval beliefs.

#22 The Western Tradition / Cities and Cathedrals of the Middle Ages
The great churches embodied the material and spiritual ambitions of the age.

#23 The Western tradition / The Late Middle Ages
Two hundred years of war and plague debilitated Europe.

#24 The Western tradition / The National Monarchies
A new urban middle class emerged, while dynastic marriages established centralized monarchies

#25 The Western Tradition / The Renaissance and the Age of Discovery
Renaissance humanists made man "the measure of all things." Europe was possessed by a new passion for knowledge


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