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IN EUROPE AN INTRODUCTION TO AMERICAN HISTORY
- Hardback book by JENNIE HALL, Francis W. Parker School, Chicago
- Edited by J. Montgomery Gambrill and Lida Lee Tall
- Over 425 pages
- COPYRIGHT, 1916, BY SILVER, BURDETT AND COMPANY
According to the INTRODUCTION:
" IT is still generally admitted that the most important history
for every child is that of his own country, but happily the old narrow
conception of the American story as a thing apart from the rest of the world
seems to be rapidly passing.
The roots of American civilization are in Europe.
Our beginnings and early development form a part of one of the most far-reaching
changes of history: the expansion of Europe beyond the ancient limits of the
Mediterranean world, the discovery of the American continents, the opening of
direct sea routes to India and the far East, the commercial revolution,
the first stages of the Europeanization of the world.
Only in the larger setting can the history of the United States become really intelligible.
If we are to understand our own country and how it came to be what it is,
we must know something of our ancestors in Europe and of the heritage we have
received from them. "
According TO TEACHERS:
" " HAVE we always been what we are ? "
" Why are we so like Europeans and unlike Chinamen ? "
" Men and animals grow; does civilization grow ? "
" Before America what was there ? "
Thoughtful children ask themselves such questions.
Less thoughtful ones ought to be led to ask them.
The inquiring attitude of mind, the question formed on the lips or in the brain,
are the necessary preludes to right study.
The moment such a question is voiced is the psychological moment for opening this book.
As children continue to read, this initial question should pass through Protean changes
and should become at every stage more definite.
" What have we learned from the Greeks ? "
" How did men learn more about the earth than they knew at first ? " "
" Under purposeful teachings, teaching that trains intelligence
rather than crams with facts, such questions will be continually forming. "
" PART I. THE ANCIENT WORLD
I. GREECE, THE EXPLORER AND TEACHER
The World before Our Time
Early Greek Exploration
Ancient Peoples of the Mediterranean
II. WHAT GREECE HAD TO TEACH THE WORLD
The Olympic Games
III. GREECE AND HER NEIGHBORS
The Persian War
The Delian Confederacy
Macedon Conquers the World
Greek Influence on Civilization
IV. ROME GROWS STRONG
Rome Conquers Italy
V. ROME CONQUERS THE WORLD
How Rome Conquered Carthage
Rome's Conquest of the East
Cæsar's War in Gaul
Conquest Changes the Romans
VI. THE ROMAN EMPIRE PART II. THE NEWER NATIONS
How Rome Ruled the World
A New Religion in the Ancient World
Results of Roman Rule
VII. THE BARBARIAN CONQUERORS
The Conquest of the Goths
VIII. HOW GERMANY AND FRANCE BEGAN
Charlemagne's Empire Divided
IX. HOW ENGLAND BEGAN
The Angles and Saxons Take Britain
The Reign of King Alfred
The Norman Conquest
The Good Laws of Henry II
King John and the Great Charter
X. CASTLE LIFE
Feudalism, or How Men Got Land
The Warlike Spirit of the Age
Knightly Ideals and Training
The time of Chivalry
XI. THE WORKERS
XII. RELIGION IN THE MIDDLE AGES PART III. BEGINNINGS OF OUR OWN TIMES
Saints and Pilgrimages
Mohammedanism, the New Religion in Asia
XIII. GREAT CHANGES
How the World Began to Read
A Change in Religion
XIV. SHIPS IN STRANGE SEAS
Early Sailors and Their Ways
Wanted: A New Route to India
Portugal's Great Explorers
Spanish Ships in a New World
The Results of a Century's Work
XV. SPAIN AND HER RIVALS
Spaniards in America
Spain and Her Enemies: 1. France
Spain and Her Enemies: 2. The Netherlands
Spain and Her Enemies: 3. England
England in America
England's Rivals in the New World
LIST OF MAPS AND PLANS
LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS "
This book is in good condition for its age.
The cover is worn and the pages look very dirty from the side view.
No torn or ripped pages.
The previous owner's name is written on the first blank page.