Sources for the History of Western Civilization: Volume II

Edited by Michael Burger

© 2002

This two-volume reader documents the history of the West, from the second millennium BC through the twentieth century. Drawing from the well known and the less obvious, Sources for the History of Western Civilization reflects the ongoing reassessment of the canonical texts of Western history. The volumes include generous selections of literature, letters, laws, records, biographical writings, and illustrations that collectively create a rich portrait of the West's intellectual, social, political, and material development.

Unlike other readers, Sources for the History of Western Civilization uses complete texts whenever feasible, including those of a number of longer works, such as The Symposium; Einhard's Life of Charlemagne and The Communist Manifesto. Women are well represented and Western Civilization is placed within world history by the inclusion of materials from the Near East, the Americas and Asia. The selections have been newly annotated and the translations have in many cases been modernized. The headnotes introducing each author's work leave room for readers to conduct their own analyses.

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"Professor Burger's source book has all the virtues and none of the problems of other readers on the market." - Robin Fleming, Boston College

Sources for the History of Western Civilization: Volume II

Edited by Michael Burger

© 2002

This two-volume reader documents the history of the West, from the second millennium BC through the twentieth century. Drawing from the well known and the less obvious, Sources for the History of Western Civilization reflects the ongoing reassessment of the canonical texts of Western history. The volumes include generous selections of literature, letters, laws, records, biographical writings, and illustrations that collectively create a rich portrait of the West's intellectual, social, political, and material development.

Unlike other readers, Sources for the History of Western Civilization uses complete texts whenever feasible, including those of a number of longer works, such as The Symposium; Einhard's Life of Charlemagne and The Communist Manifesto. Women are well represented and Western Civilization is placed within world history by the inclusion of materials from the Near East, the Americas and Asia. The selections have been newly annotated and the translations have in many cases been modernized. The headnotes introducing each author's work leave room for readers to conduct their own analyses.

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Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 688 pages
  • Dimensions: 8.0in x 0.9in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    Michael Burger's selections are exceptionally well chosen. Along with the central texts one expects (books of the Bible; Cicero; Marx) there is other, less canonical material (ancient inscriptions, the letters of Sidonius Apollinaris; the Articles of the Catholic League; Memoirs of Madame Roland; Karl Pearson's writings on eugenics) adding interest and richness. The short introductions offer just the right amount of information without dictating what to think, and the Commentaries make the reader invaluable to instructors. All in all, this is a terrific reader. Professor Burger's source book has all the virtues and none of the problems of other readers on the market.


    Robin Fleming, Boston College

    ...the best anthology of relatively brief selections that I have ever seen. The book cannot be cubby-holed as social, political, or intellectual history. It will give teachers a lot of flexibility.


    Thomas F.X. Noble, University of Notre Dame
  • Author Information

    Michael Burger is an historian of medieval Europe and the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Auburn University at Montgomery. He is the author of Bishops, Clerks, and Diocesan Governance in Thirteenth-Century England: Reward and Punishment (2014) and The Shaping of Western Civilization (2013).
  • Table of contents

    Preface

    Introduction for Students

    1. Catherine of Siena, Dialogue
    2. Barduccio di Piero Canigiani, Letter
    3. Petrarch, Letters of Familiar Intercourse

    3.1 To Socrates
    3.2 To Tomasso da Messina
    3.3 To Marcus Tullius Cicero

    4. Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince
    5. Desiderius Erasmus, Letters

    5.1 To Anne of Borselle
    5.2 To Jacobus Battus
    5.3 To Pope Leo X
    5.4 To Lambertus Grunnius
    5.5 Lambertus Grunnius's Reply
    5.6 To Cardinal Wolsey

    6. Martin Luther, Letters

    6.1 To George Spalatin
    6.2 To Paul Speratus
    6.3 To George Spalatin
    6.4 To Wolfgang Reissenbusch
    6.5 To George Spalatin

    7. John Calvin, Letters

    7.1 To the Duchess of Ferrara
    7.2 To the Priest of Cernex
    7.3 To an Unknown Person
    7.4 To Melancthon
    7.5 To Monsieur de Falais
    7.6 To Viret
    7.7 To Viret
    7.8 To the Faithful of France
    7.9 To the Protector Somerset
    7.10 To Henry Bullinger
    7.11 To Melancthon

    8. Articles of the Catholic League
    9. Michel de Montaigne, Essays

    9.1 On Cannibals
    9.2 That It is Folly to Measure Truth and Error by Our Own Capacity

    10. Marie de l'Incarnation, Letters (Qebec, 1640-1688)

    10.1 Letter to a lady of rank
    10.2 Letter to her son
    10.3 Letter to her son
    10.4 Letter to her son
    10.5 Letter to her son
    10.6 Letter to her son
    10.7 Letter to her son
    10.8 Letter to her son

    11. The Grand Remonstrance and Petition from Parliament to King Charles I (December 1, 1641) and Charles's Reply (December 23, 1641)

    11.1 The Grand Remonstrance and Parliament's Petition
    11.3 Charles I's Reply

    12. John Locke, Second Treatise of Government
    13. Isaac Newton, The Principia
    14. Duc de Saint-Simon, Memoirs
    15. Thomas Paine, The Age of Reason
    16. Decree Abolishing the Feudal System
    17. Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen
    18. Olympe de Gouges, Declaration of the Rights of Woman and of the Female Citizen
    19. Jeanne Manon Roland, Memoirs
    20. Simón Bolívar, Addresses

    20.1 Speech before the Caracas Assembly
    20.2 Proclamation

    21. Constitutional Charter of France of 1814
    22. Art, Architecture, Design: The Eighteenth Century

    22.1 François Boucher, Toilet of Venus
    22.2 Robert Adam, Tapestry Room, Croome Court
    22.3 Robert Adam, Dining Room, Landsdowne House
    22.4 Jacques-Louis David, The Death of Socrates
    22.5 Workshop of Jean Antoine Houdon, Voltaire
    22.6 Marie Victoire Lemoine, Studio of Madame Vigée Le Brun
    22.7 The Parthenon
    22.8 The Capitol, Washington, D.C.
    22.9 Stuart Gilbert, George Washington

    23. Interviews With Witnesses Concerning British Factories

    23.1 Interview with Mark Best
    23.2 Interview with Stephen Binns

    24. Speeches from the Debate on a Factory Regulations Bill in the British Parliament, March 16, 1832

    24.1 Michael Thomas Sadler
    24.2 Charles Villiers

    25. William Wordsworth, The Tables Turned: An Evening on the Same Subject
    26. Alfred, Lord Tennyson, The Lady of Shalott
    27. Emily Brontë, No Coward Soul is Mine
    28. Giuseppe Mazzini, On the Duties of Man
    29. Report on the Affairs of Indians in Canada
    30. Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, The Communist Manifesto
    31. Treaty Between the British East India Company and Maharajah Dulleep Sing Bahadoor
    32. Frederick Douglass, Speeches

    32.1 The Inhumanity of Slavery
    32.2 What to the Slave is the Fourth of July

    33. The Coloured People and the Common School and Reply (1862-1863)

    33.1 "The Coloured People and the Common School," The Leader
    33.2 Diogenes, "A Reply," The Globe

    34. Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil
    35. Reports to the International Council of Women, 1888

    35.1 Paper on the Danish Woman’s Union for the Protection of Young Girls and Lonely Women
    35.2 Paper on the Danish Woman’s Association
    35.3 Paper on Women’s Education in Denmark
    35.4 Paper on the "Condition of Women in Italy"

    36. An Appeal Against Female Suffrage and Reply (1889)

    36.1 A. Appeal Against Female Suffrage, Nineteenth Century
    36.2 M.M. Dilke, A Reply, Nineteenth Century

    37. Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany, Speeches

    37.1 On the Opening of the Reichstag
    37.2 To the Students at the University of Bonn
    37.3 At Aix, the Site of Charlemagne’s Palace
    37.4 Notice Regarding 25 years of German Labor Legislation
    37.5 Toast to Prince Henry on His Departure to Command Germany’s Naval Squadron in Asia

    38. George Washington Carver, Feeding Acorns
    39. Joseph Chamberlain, Toast at the Annual Royal Colonial Institute Dinner
    40. Karl Pearson, On the Scope and Importance to the State of the Science of National Eugenics
    41. Mahatma Gandhi, Hind Swaraj
    42.  Proceedings of the All-Russian Central Executive Committee of Soviets of Workers’, Soldiers’, and Peasants’ Deputies: Fifth Session, November 4, 1917
    43. Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf
    44. Erich Maria Remarque, All Quiet on the Western Front
    45. Verdict of the Supreme Court of the Soviet Union in the Special Investigation into the Case of the Counter-Revolutionary Organization, "The Industrial Party," 1930
    46. Letters to R.B. Bennett (1930-1935)

    46.1 Letter of Thomas M. Gibbs
    46.2 Letter of A Nanaimoite
    46.3 Letter of Mrs. Ernest Ferguson
    46.4 Brief Presented by the Unemployed of Edmonton to the Hon. R.B. Bennett
    46.5 Letter of P.R. Mulligan
    46.6 Letter of Miss Elizabeth McCrae
    46.7 Letter of L.M. Himmer

    47. Winston Churchill, The Sinews of Peace
    48. United Nations Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples
    49. Robert S. McNamara, "Major National Security Problems Confronting the US"
    50. Articles from the Georgia Straight (1967-1969)

    50.1 "Tune On, Tune In, Take Over"
    50.2 "Grass in Class"
    50.3 Dara, "Education—For What?"
    50.4 Chris MacLeod, "Learning to Live Without Schools"
    50.5 Bill Tait, "Easter Be-In"

    51. Betty Friedan, Our Revolution is Unique
    52. Margaret Thatcher, Speeches (1981, 1996)

    52.1 To the Conservative Party Conference
    52.2 The Fourth Nicholas Ridley Memorial Lecture

    53. Mary Daly, Gyn/Ecology
    54. Václav Havel, A Call for Sacrifice
    55. Art, Architecture, Design: The Twentieth Century

    55.1 Domestic Library, Morningside
    55.2 Edvard Munch, The Scream
    55.3 Pablo Picasso, Les Demoiselles d’Avignon
    55.4 Mask, Ivory Coast
    55.5 Kasimir Malevich, White on White
    55.6 Piet Mondrian, Painting I
    55.7 Mies van der Rohe, "MR" Side Chair
    55.8 Mies van der Rohe, "Tugendhat" Coffee Table
    55.9 Mark Rothko, Number 10
    55.10.1 Mies van der Rohe, Edith Farnsworth House, Plano, Illinois (1951): Exterior
    55.10.2 Mies van der Rohe, Edith Farnsworth House, Plano, Illinois (1951): Interior 
    55.11 Mies van der Rohe, Seagram Building
    55.12 Roy Lichtenstein, Little Big Painting
    55.13 George Segal, Portrait of Sidney Janis with a Mondrian Painting
    55.14.1 Thomas Gordon Smith, Tuscan House (left) and Laurentian House (right), Livermore, California
    55.14.2 Thomas Gordon Smith, Tuscan House (foreground) and Laurentian House (background), Livermore, California
    55.14.3 Thomas Gordon Smith, Laurentian House, Livermore, California (1979)
    55.15 Michael Graves, Portland Building
    55.16 Sherry Wolf, Artist in the Studio
    55.17 Shiro Kuramata, "Miss Blanche" Chair

    Credits

    Index of Topics

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