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.
- 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
Videocassettes may be purchased from the Annenberg/CPB Collection at:
- The Weapon of Choice
- A Bigger Bang for the Buck
- Europe Goes Nuclear
- At the Brink
- The Education of Robert McNamara
- One Step Forward...
- Haves and Have-Nots
- Carter's New World
- Zero Hour
- Missile Experimental
- Reagan's Shield
- Visions of War and Peace
Accompanying print materials:
The Western Heritage Combined Edition by Kagan, Ozment, and Turner. Fifth Edition, New York, NY: Macmillan Publishing Co., August, 1994.
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.)
The Western Experience by Chambers, Grew, Herlihy, Rabb and Woloch. Fifth Edition, New York, NY: Knopf, 1991.
McGraw Hill Publishing Co.
Hightstown, NJ 08520
Western Civilizations by Lerner, Meacham, and McNall Burns. Twelfth Edition (hardcover), New York, NY: W.W. Norton & Co., 1993.
W.W. Norton & Co.
500 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY. 10110
Faculty guide also available from PBS Adult Learning Service.