This book covers the events of world history with an emphasis on European and American culture since the Reformation. Each chapter traces a particular theme within a particular time period. The principal themes include the history of Christianity and philosophy with their results in culture, politics, economics, society, science, and technology. A time line at the beginning of each chapter will help the reader to see the chronological relationships between the events discussed in the text. Throughout the text, particular points of interest, focusing on specific individuals and events, provide further information. Maps and photographs, as well as artwork of a particular period, add to the overall impact of the book. Thought-provoking questions given at the end of each chapter will encourage students to think through the Christian implications of the material and its relevance for today's world. In addition, a list of important words and concepts at the end of the chapter will aid the student in focusing on the most significant ideas discussed in the chapter. Suggested projects can also enliven the topics being covered as a particular activity is carried out by an individual or a class. A reading list is provided to suggest resources for further study; an extensive index will also enable the student to use the book for reference in years to come.
Customer Reviews for Streams of Civilization, Volume 2
Review 1 for Streams of Civilization, Volume 2
Date:January 13, 2008
Both volumes of "Streams of Civilization" are among finest high school history textbooks from a Christian worldview I have seen so far. They are very sound and informative - but above all they are CHRISTIAN. Yes, it takes some work and it takes some discipline. This is education - what do you expect?! If we are only looking for resources which are "fun" and if we are not ready to work hard then let's forget about Christian education or even a Christian work ethics as a whole. If we always go the easiest way for our children then take a look at the public school system and see what you have to expect. If our children are "not crazy about reading" then we have to train them to become crazy about reading. This begins with being an example and instead of turning on the TV - take a book.
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Review 2 for Streams of Civilization, Volume 2
Date:October 31, 2007
This book is a good source of information for the student who LOVES reading. However, for the kinesthetic learner, it is extremely difficult and extensive reading. It takes a lot of time to get through the reading of each chapter, and it's quite dry, with no color pictures. I know this is high school level, but it is difficult reading because of it's dry character. The only way I would continue using this book is if I strayed completely away from the reading material and focus on only covering the information related to whatever questions we choose to answer. The questions & projects at the end of each chapter are very good thought questions, but still require the student to read the book. For those who enjoy this kind of reading, it's excellent, but if you have a fidgety young man who's not crazy about reading, or History, choose something else.