Civilization Abroad: Engaging History and the Humanities in Europe
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Civilization Abroad: Engaging History and the Humanities in Europe

About the Book

Civilization Abroad introduces the history of western civilization to students studying in European centers like London or Paris, with special emphasis on the humanities and on balancing field visits with classroom learning and online resources.

About the Author

Gideon O. Burton
Dr. Gideon O. Burton

Dr. Gideon Burton of Brigham Young University has directed study abroad programs in Europe since 2001 and has taught literature and the humanities for over 20 years. He challenges his students to develop skills in the field and online that will help them to be lifelong learners and to more fully enjoy the variety of cultural riches at home and abroad.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
    • A 21st Century Approach
    • A History Book for How Knowledge Works Today
    • Lean History
    • The Principle of Iteration
    • Travel Study and Experiential Learning
    • Structuring Travel Study
    • Organization of the Text
  • Part One: Let’s Make It Interesting
    • 1.1 History and Humanities: Why Bother?
    • 1.2 The Liberal Arts and Lifelong Learning
    • 1.3 On the Way to Someplace Else: A Philosophy of Travel
    • 1.4 How Not to Visit a Museum
    • 1.5 Types of Sites and Visits
  • Part Two: Tools of Engagement
    • 2.1 Keeping a Field Journal
      • Keep a Journal Like Leonardo Da Vinci
      • Parameters for Journal Entries
    • 2.2 Journaling Modes
      • 2.2.1 Scene Setting
      • 2.2.2 Dialogue
      • 2.2.3 Personification
      • 2.2.4 Character Study
      • 2.2.5 Quest
      • 2.2.6 The Way to Someplace Else
      • 2.2.7 Brave New Worlds
      • 2.2.8 Copy book
      • 2.2.9 Book Banquet
      • 2.2.10 “Essay”
      • 2.2.11 Copia
      • 2.2.12 Sketching
      • 2.2.13 Foreign Language Experience
      • 2.2.14 Epistolary (Letter) Mode
      • 2.2.15 Review
      • 2.2.16 Scientific Observation
    • 2.3 Learning Together
    • 2.4 The Art of Conversation
      • Court Life and Conversational Ease: “Sprezzatura”
      • Conversation as a Learning Tool
      • Practice Having Conversations
    • 2.5 Memorization
  • Part Three: Historical Periods and Modes
    • 3.1 Historical Periods (Timeline and Summaries)
      • Seven Historical Periods
      • Historical Periods: Quick Summaries
      • 1. The Renaissance
      • 2. The Reformation
      • 3. The Enlightenment
      • 4. Revolution and Romanticism
      • 5. Empire and Industry
      • 6. Modernism
      • 7. The Digital Age
    • 3.2 Brave New Worlds (a Renaissance Mode)
  • Anthology
    • 5.1 Renaissance Sources
    • 5.1.3 Francesco Petrarch, Letters to Cicero
    • 5.1.1 Oration on the Dignity of Man (Pico della Mirandola)
    • 5.1.2 Sir Walter Raleigh, The Discovery of Guiana
    • 5.1.4 Michel de Montaigne, from Of Cannibals
    • 5.2 Reformation Sources
    • 5.2.1 Erasmus of Rotterdam, John 1 (Greek/Latin New Testament, 1519)
    • 5.2.2 Matthew 6:34 (Tyndale and KJV translations)
    • 5.2.3 Isaiah 53:3-6 (King James Version, 1611)
    • 5.2.4 John Donne, “Holy Sonnet 14”
    • 5.2.5 John Donne, “Expostulation 19”
    • 5.3 Enlightenment Sources
    • 5.3.2 Thomas Sprat, “The History of the Royal Society”
    • 5.4 Revolution and Romanticism: 18th-19th Centuries - Introduction
    • 5.4.0 Revolution and Romanticism: Sources
    • 5.4.1 William Wordsworth, “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud”
    • 5.4.2 Romanticizing the Medieval: The Lady of Shalott
    • 5.4.3 Samuel Taylor Coleridge, “Kubla Khan”
    • 5.4.4 Percy Bysshe Shelley, “Ozymandias”
    • 5.4.5 Edmund Burke - “On the Sublime”

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