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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Boak, Hyma and Slosson. These eminent specialists in their
respective fields of ancient, medieval and modern history have
cooperated in this ambitious undertaking to synthesize the whole
sweep of historical developments from the time of the ancient
Semitics of the Near East to the present.
Using a connected narrative of political history as their frame-
work, the authors have skillfully interwoven the more important
social, economic and cultural movements into an integrated ac-
count which flows with unusual smoothness from chapter to chap-
ter. The emphasis, however, is definitely political. The outlook
of the book is moderately liberal, and, while only a factual outline
of many movements and events is given, the interpretations are
generally judicious and eminently objective. Those with various
religious, economic and social predilections will find little at which
to take offense. Particularly admirable is the fact that the authors
have not lost sight of the undergraduate audience to whom their
book is addressed, and have written with a directness of style
and clarity of expression too seldom found in introductory text-
More than the usual amount of space has been devoted to recent
history. Only 479 pages have been allocated to the period from
prehistoric times to the Reformation, while 563 pages are used
to cover the years since the Reformation; and 206 are devoted
to events since 1871.
The physical aspects of the book are excellent. There are 116
illuminating illustrations which depict scenes as varied as the
Pyramids of Giza and the Empire State Building. The sixty-
four maps are adequate, and complete lists of popes and rulers
of major European powers form valuable appendixes. There are
fifty-four chapters, each approximately twenty pages in length.
Bibliographical lists follow each chapter. The printing is clear
and the binding is substantial and attractive.
As a whole, the book is a well-balanced outline of the growth
of European civilization and constitutes an important addition
to the list of textbooks now available for survey courses of the
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Texas State College for Women.
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