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The Western Tradition
Parts I and II


Produced by the Educational Programming Department

Part of the Annenberg/CPB Collection
Closed-captioned for the hearing impaired
Funded by the Annenberg/CPB Project

The Western Tradition, 52 half-hour television programs is a two-semester television course, built around the classroom lectures of Eugene Weber, internationally renowned author, historian, and professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. Professor Weber spins thousands of years into a seamless story, making the abstract more concrete and developing the ability of students to analyze and appreciate history. By weaving together history, art, literature, religion, geography, government and economics, THE WESTERN TRADITION helps students recognize the pendulum swings of history, identify parallels in the modern world, and gain a sense of their own place in the evolution of human institutions.

Semester One consists of 13 units of study with two half-hour programs per unit. It begins with the influential pre-Western civilizations and continues through the Middle Ages to the Renaissance. Semester Two begins with the Wars of Religion and continues through industrial modernization to the present. Each semester can be used alone, or together as a complete year-long sequence.

AVAILABLE RESOURCES

  • Choice of three texts
  • Study Guide (2 volumes)
  • Faculty/Administrative Guide (2 volumes)

Individuals or institutions may license The Western Tradition from:

PBS Adult Learning Service
1320 Braddock Place
Alexandria, VA 22314-1698
(800) 257-2578

Videocassettes may be purchased from the Annenberg/CPB Collection at:
(800) LEARNER

PROGRAM TITLES

  1. Dawn
  2. The Weapon of Choice
  3. A Bigger Bang for the Buck
  4. Europe Goes Nuclear
  5. At the Brink
  6. The Education of Robert McNamara
  7. One Step Forward...
  8. Haves and Have-Nots
  9. Carter's New World
  10. Zero Hour
  11. Missile Experimental
  12. Reagan's Shield
  13. Visions of War and Peace

Accompanying print materials:

  • Text
    The Western Heritage Combined Edition by Kagan, Ozment, and Turner. Fifth Edition, New York, NY: Macmillan Publishing Co., August, 1994.

    Available from:
    Macmillan Publishing Co., Attn.: Order Dept.
    100 Front St.,
    P.O. Box 500, Riverside, NJ 08075-7500
    (800) 257-5755; 609-461-6500 (in N.J.)

  • Text
    The Western Experience by Chambers, Grew, Herlihy, Rabb and Woloch. Fifth Edition, New York, NY: Knopf, 1991.

    Available from:
    McGraw Hill Publishing Co.
    Princeton Road
    Hightstown, NJ 08520
    (800) 338-3987

  • Text
    Western Civilizations by Lerner, Meacham, and McNall Burns. Twelfth Edition (hardcover), New York, NY: W.W. Norton & Co., 1993.

    Available From:
    W.W. Norton & Co.
    500 Fifth Avenue
    New York, NY. 10110
    (800) 233-4830

Faculty guide also available from PBS Adult Learning Service.

 
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