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Western Civilization I: Home

Resources in Western Civilization from the Ancient Near East to Early Modern Europe.


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The Rise of Civilization

This guide will assist you in finding sources to study the rise of civilization from the Ancient Near East to Early Modern Europe.

"Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill. Without books, the development of civilization would have been impossible. They are engines of change (as the poet said), widows on the world and lighthouses erected in the sea of time. They are companions, teachers, magicians, bankers of the treasures of the mind. Books are humanity in print." — Barbara Tuchman

Research as a process for problem solving

Ishtar Gate