This is the first volume of a collection of 70 original source selections introduces the reader to the history of Western civilization. The two-volume set is organized chronologically, spanning the ancient Near East to the contemporary world. The eighth edition includes revised or rewritten introductions to many topics, from Rome, through the Middle Ages, Renaissance and Reformation, Early Modern Europe to the Contemporary World. Much of the existing coverage has been revised and new topics added. This edition also offers translations of non-English material.