This book is part of a set that integrates social, economic, cultural and political elements of Western civilization. Each chapter is written as a complete unit - exploring historical themes, causes and processes, rather than simply stating names, dates and events. Volume I covers Western civilization to 1715 and volume II covers western civilization from 1600. Extensive coverage is given to Russia and Eastern Europe, there are "cultural" maps to allow students to see where cultural movements took place. Parallel chronologies events of political, economic, diplomatic and cultural history allow students to see at a glance how events are related.