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Culture and Values: A Survey of the Humanities, Volume I, 9th Edition
The ninth edition of CULTURE AND VALUES: A SURVEY OF THE HUMANITIES introduces students to the history of humankind through the lens of the humanities — language and literature, art and architecture, music, philosophy, and religion — from the dawn of civilization to the contemporary world. CULTURE AND VALUES encourages students to place their own backgrounds and beliefs in context and consider how understanding both their own and other heritages contribute to becoming a citizen of the world in the 21st century. Coauthor Lois Fichner-Rathus continues to bring her pedagogical expertise, clear conversational style, and love of teaching to this beautifully written and illustrated book. New and revised features encourage students to draw comparisons and connections as well as engage their critical thinking skills. Chapter previews, timelines, glossaries, and “Big Picture” reviews provide consistent pedagogical support throughout the text to help students master the material.
The ninth edition of Culture & Values continues its mission to inform students of the history of humankind through the lens of the humanities—language and literature, art and architecture, music, philosophy, and religion. Through the study of the humanities, we aim not only to know but to understand—to consider what humans across time and lands have thought about; and how they have felt or acted; how they have sought to come to terms with their relationship to the known and the unknown; and how culture has influenced them to develop and express their ideas, ideals, and their inner selves. Culture & Values encourages students to place their own backgrounds and beliefs in context and to consider how understanding both their own and other heritages contribute to becoming a citizen of the world in the
What’s new in the ninth edition
Professors who have taught with earlier editions of the book will find that the ninth edition is familiar, yet, in many respects, quite new. Readers of the ninth edition will discover a new chapter on the Americas, three new types of features, and new works throughout, including numerous new maps.
The ninth edition has three new features designed to engage students and to demonstrate the relevance of the humanities to their contemporary world:
THE NEW CULTURE AND SOCIETY FEATURE highlights relationships between cultural and social developments, both ancient and modern. A sampling of topics includes:
•The “Theater of War,” a project in which contemporary screen and stage actors participate in readings of ancient Greek tragedies to heighten awareness of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
• “A Technological Revolution: The Export of Humanist Learning,” discusses how the invention of moveable type and the innovation of papermaking combined to make possible the widespread dissemination of knowledge in the West
THE NEW CONNECTIONS FEATURE draws parallels between works of art and literature, relays contemporary responses to ancient events, and offers engaging new perspectives on cultural figures and monuments. Examples include:
• The use of computerized tomography (CT scanning) by Italian archaeologists excavating in Pompeii to better understand the daily lives and habits of the citizens of Pompeii prior to the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 CE.
• The literary musings of 19th-century American writer Washington Irving—renowned for The Legend of Sleepy Hollow—that were inspired by his stay in the legendary Moorish palace, the Alhambra, in Granada, Spain.
THE NEW RELIGION FEATURE presents essential aspects and tenets of belief systems past and present, including:
• The Four Noble Truths of Buddhism
• The Five Pillars of Islam