The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 44, July 1940 - April, 1941

Book Notes and Acknowledgements

The analysis of the chapter on Pre-Sumter Symbolism may
not prove my point. Against it the chapter near the end of the
book, "The New American Symbolism," should be read. After
all, an author's approach is not all that counts. It is more in
what he says that the value of his work lies. By that token it
does not seem to me that any reader will be disappointed in
this book.
The book has six parts and a total of thirty-one chapters.
Eight chapters deal with the Middle Period, four with the
sectional controversy, six with the industrial revolution, four
with American scholarship as it faced "some problems inherent
in the American democratic faith," five with the progressive
era, and four conclude the history with a discussion of Ameri-
can democratic faith facing "rival systems of social relief."
R. L. BIESELE.
The University of Texas.
BOOK NOTES AND ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
The Quarterly has received the first volume of Arthur P.
Watts, A History of Western Civilization (New York: Prentice-
Hall, Inc., 1939, pp. xxxvii, 786, maps, $5.00), which covers
the period from ancient Greece through the Renaissance. By
keeping in the background the "old-type political history" and
emphasizing the social, economic, cultural, and religious move-
ments, the author conforms to the general pattern of recent
textbook writers who have entered into competition for adop-
tions in the large freshman-sophomore civilization courses. It
is to be regretted that the publishers have included no splendid
illustrations such as are to be found in most of the rival
textbooks.
JAMES TAYLOR.
Texas State College for Women.
In writing An Introduction to World Economic History Since
the Great War (London: Macmillan & Co., Limited, 1939, pp.
xi, 161, $1.15), Professor J. P. Day of McGill University,
Toronto, Canada, presents "in the briefest possible form, some
explanation of the economic damage caused by the Great War
and of the subsequent progress toward recovery" for the special

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