"The Making of the West "offers a geographically and culturally expansive conception of the West that prepares students to understand today's globalized world. Its integrated chronological narrative makes the impact of historical developments clear by highlighting the interconnections among the politics, people, and ideas of a specific period. From the book's conception, the authors -- a team of renowned scholars and expert teachers -- have worked to provide a new vision of the West based on cutting-edge scholarship. The narrative -- enhanced by a rich and informative art and map program -- distills the latest research and consistently treats topics underserved in other books: the West in global perspective, high and popular art and culture, and gender.
LYNN HUNT (Ph.D., Stanford University) is Eugen Weber Professor of Modern European History at University of California at Los Angeles. She is the author or editor of several books, including "The Family Romance of the French Revolution" (1992) and "Inventing Human Rights: A History" (2007). She is currently researching changing attitudes toward religion in early eighteenth-century Europe. THOMAS R. MARTIN (Ph.D., Harvard University) is Jeremiah O'Connor Professor in Classics at the College of the Holy Cross. He is the author of "Sovereignty and Coinage in Classical Greece" (1985) and "Ancient Greece" (1996, 2000) and is one of the originators of "Perseus: Interactive Sources and Studies on Ancient Greece" (www.perseus.tufts.edu). He is currently conducting research on the history and significance of freedom of speech in Athenian democracy. BARBARA H. ROSENWEIN (Ph.D., University of Chicago) is professor of history at Loyola University Chicago. She is the author or editor of several books including "A Short History of the Middle Ages" (2001; 2004) and "Emotional Communities in the Early Middle Ages" (2006). She is currently working on a general history of the emotions in the West. R. PO-CHIA HSIA (Ph.D., Yale University) is Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of History at Pennsylvania State University. He is the author or editor of several books including "The Myth of Ritual Murder: Jews and Magic in Reformation Germany" (1988) and "The World of the Catholic Renewal" (1997). Currently he is working on a study of the history of cultural encounter between Counter-Reformation Europe and the Ming and Qing empires. BONNIE G. SMITH (Ph.D., University of Rochester) is Board of Governors Distinguished Professor of History at Rutgers University. She is author or editor of several books including "Ladies of the Leisure Class" (1981); "The Gender of History: Men, Women and Historical Practice" (1998); and" The""Oxford Encyclopedia of Women in World History" (2007). Currently she is studying the globalization of European culture and society since the seventeenth century.