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CCH’s Online Catalog: Western Civilization for Older Students

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Western Civilization
for Older Students



Using the Online Catalog


The older students here are those late grammar stage and dialectic stage students who have come to classical education later, wanting to learn the fascinating history of Western Civilization for the first time, but want to pass on the easy readers offered in CCH’s History of Western Civilization units for the grammar stage. The dialectic and rhetoric stage history resources offered through this catalog assume that Western history has already been studied in the grammar stage. If you are beginning classical education or homeschooling with older students, these resources will give them the necessary foundation they might have missed. The books are listed in chronological order, more or less, and so are in the order in which they should be read. The Cultural Atlas for Young People series can be read in their turn as part of the study, or be used as references to fill in information about people, places, and events encountered in the other books. Rhetoric stage students that have not previously studied Western history should include books from Teacher’s History Resources.

The Ancient World for Older Students
Begin a study of Western Civilization with the foundation for all of history, the book of Genesis. A proper understanding of our beginning is also vital to build a Biblical worldview in our children. Includes a study of Ancient Egypt and the Ancient Near East.

The Classical World for Older Students
The conquest of the known world by Alexander the Great shifts the focus in history away from thousands of years of ancient Near Eastern domination to the classical civilizations. Includes a study of Ancient Greece and Rome.

The Medieval World for Older Students
The Middle Ages stretches from the time of the Fall of Rome, in 476 AD, to the rediscovery of the classical world that is known as the Renaissance. Christianity was the dominant force for this 1000-year sweep of history.

The Renaissance & Reformed World for Older Students
The 15th and 16th centuries saw extensive changes in the world, unimagined up till now. The major movements of these two centuries were the Renaissance, the Reformation, and the Age of Exploration. All three movements were inextricably intertwined.

CCH’s History of Western Civilization units for the American World for 5th graders and the Modern World for 6th graders are advanced enough for older students to use as is.


The Ancient World for Older Students

Genesis and Job


Click to order The Amazing Story of CreationThe Amazing Story of Creation
Duane T. Gish

Taking each day of creation in turn, Dr. Gish tells the amazing story of creation, supported by science and told in the Bible. From dinosaurs to DNA, God has woven into His creation undeniable evidence that He alone is the author and sustainer of life. The Introduction explains the two different views of origins, creation and evolution, and the differences between them. Chapters one through five cover each of the events of the first five days of creation. Chapter six covers the origin of land animals and dinosaurs (day six of creation week), and chapter seven covers the origin of man, also in day six of creation week - did we come from Adam or apes? Chapter eight finishes the book with the fascinating evidence all across God’s creation for God as Creator.


Click to order The Great Dinosaur Mystery SolvedThe Great Dinosaur Mystery Solved
Ken Ham

This dinosaur book is unlike any that you have ever read before. “It is not an exhaustive treatise on the fossils, behavior, or characteristics of dinosaurs. ... Appendix A [contains] references to many different sources that give a good summary of current thinking and recent discoveries relating to dinosaurs. ... In this publication, I have attempted to demonstrate that when one takes the events of history as given in the Bible, as well as the doctrines of Christianity that are all, ultimately ... founded in Genesis 1-11, an entire way of thinking [results] that can be applied to all areas of the created universe. A true Christian philosophy starts with the timeline of history as given in Scripture. Once a person understands this, he will find it easy to be able to give answers to a variety of questions, including dinosaurs. Once you read through this book and understand its approach, you will be able to apply the same reasoning in other areas. ... You’ll be surprised by how much you can really say -- once you believe and understand the Bible to be the history book of the universe.” -Ken Ham. Very highly recommended, and great for older grammar stage and dialectic stage students practicing their logic.


Genesis: Finding Our Roots
Adam and His Kin
Exodus
Cultural Atlas for Young People: Ancient Egypt
Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt
Pyramid


Click to order The Cat of BubastesThe Cat of Bubastes
G. A. Henty

Henty’s books are definite read-alouds for younger children, but great for about 4th-5th graders and up through teens and adults. They are so captivating, wrought with high adventure and historical accuracy, that children and adults alike listen with eager attention as each new Henty tale unfolds. In The Cat of Bubastes, the setting is ancient Egypt in 1250 BC. “Imagine living in a nation where killing a sacred cat is a capital offense. Thutmose III’s Egypt, in Moses’ day, was such a region. The priest Ameres and his family live in this land. Life is turned upside down when the son, Chebron, accidentally kills the sacred cat of Bubastes. This incident leads to secrecy, grief, and flight as one harrowing adventure follows another. Their best hope of a safe haven for youthful Chebron and his sister is the land of the Rebu, itself a conquered nation under Egyptian rule. To reach that distant land, they must flee through closely guarded Egyptian exits. Then they must embark on a challenging journey through unfamiliar lands populated by unfamiliar people and conquer numerous geographical hindrances. G. A. Henty has produced a story which will give young readers an unsurpassed insight into the customs of one of the greatest of ancient peoples in the classic The Cat of Bubastes.” A paperback edition is also available.


Click to order Click to order Riddle of the Rosetta StoneRiddle of the Rosetta Stone
James Cross Giblin

The Riddle of the Rosetta Stone relates the story of how we learned of Ancient Egypt, knowledge that had been lost for centuries. It is a fascinating story of war, secrecy, code-breaking, and mystery, and this book preserves that for young people. “Suspense keeps the reader glued to this fine piece of nonfiction as the mystery of hieroglyphs is slowly unraveled. Until the Rosetta Stone was finally translated and the decoding of hieroglyphic writing made possible, much of Egyptian history was lost. The author has done a masterful job of distilling information, citing the highlights, and fitting it all together in an interesting and enlightening look at a puzzling subject.” -Horn Book.

Numbers and the Old Testament
Cultural Atlas for Young People: The Bible
Cultural Atlas for Young People: First Civilizations
Early Civilization: Usborne Illustrated World History


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The Classical World for Older Students

The Story of the Greeks
Cultural Atlas for Young People: Ancient Greece


Click to order Myths of Greece and RomeMyths of Greece and Rome
H. A. Guerber

Guerber’s same straightforward and captivating narrative style that makes The Story of the Greeks and The Story of the Romans so popular is evident here in The Myths of Greece and Rome, newly reprinted. Containing much more depth and detail than the d’Aulaire Greek Myths, Guerber’s Myths are appropriate for older children through teens to read on their own. Illustrated with photographs of famous sculptures and paintings depicting scenes from classical mythology, and embellished with poetry and literature, ancient and modern, concerning the myths, this is an excellent introduction to classical mythology for the older student.


Click to order The Age of FableThe Age of Fable
Thomas Bulfinch

Bulfinch’s Mythology was first written in the 19th century, and was the first and so far, the best attempt to compile in one book the myths of Greece, Rome, the Celts, the Norse, as well as the legends of King Arthur, Charlemagne, and the knights of the Middle Ages. This edition only contains the Age of Fable - the stories of the gods and heroes of Greek, Roman, Norse, and Celtic mythology. This is the companion volume to The Age of Chivalry and Legends of Charlemagne recommended in the Medieval World for Older Students. A one-volume complete Bulfinch’s Mythology, containing the Age of Fable as well as the Age of Chivalry and the Legends of Charlemagne, is also available in hardcover and in paperback. It is not necessary to read both Guerber’s Myths and Bulfinch’s Age of Fable, it is up to the parent to choose which edition of Greek myths to read.


Gunther’s Alexander the Great
The Story of the Romans
Cultural Atlas for Young People: Ancient Rome
Gunther’s Julius Caesar
City
New Testament


Click to order The Young CarthaginianG.A. Henty’s Classical Era Historical Fiction
G. A. Henty

Henty’s books are definite read-alouds for younger children, but are so captivating, wrought with high adventure and historical accuracy, that children and adults alike listen with eager attention as each new Henty tale unfolds. The Young Carthaginian is the tale of Hannibal and the Punic Wars between Rome and Carthage like you’ve never heard them before. Beric the Briton witnesses the Roman invasion of his homeland as a boy, takes part in the British uprising under Queen Boadicea, is carried captive to Rome, where he fights in the arena and meets and protects Christians assigned to the lions; rises to personal bodyguard in the service of despotic Nero before escaping back to his native country again. For the Temple relates the tale of the brave resistance of the Jewish freedom fighters and the eventual destruction of the Temple and Jerusalem under Titus in 70 A.D.


Click to order The OutcastRosemary Sutcliff’s Historical Fiction
Rosemary Sutcliff

These books are definitely read-aloud material for younger children, although older children will enjoy them on their own. Rosemary Sutcliff makes Roman-era Britain come to life with her gripping fiction, supported by painstaking historical research. In the Outcast, when a Roman ship is wrecked on Britain’s coast, the only survivor, a Roman baby, is adopted by the local Celtic tribe. The dynamic between the Roman and the Celt comes into full play as Britain must face the conquering Roman legions and try to defend their homeland where so many other nations have failed. The sequel is The Eagle of the Ninth, in which a young Roman centurian must recover the infamous Ninth Legion’s missing symbol of honor, the eagle standard, during the Roman Empire’s occupation of Britain in 125 A.D. Next is The Silver Branch, in which the grandson of the lost Ninth Legion’s commander defends Roman Britain as the Saxons begin their raids, and political instability in Rome leads to many tyrannical emperors rising to power throughout the provinces of the Empire, including Britain. Last in the series is The Lantern Bearers, in which a young Roman soldier decides to stay in Britain to try to keep the light of civilization burning when, in 450 A.D., the last Roman Auxilaries leave Britain forever in the face of increasing pressure from barbarian invasions throughout the Roman world.


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The Medieval World for Older Students

The Story of the Middle Ages
Cultural Atlas for Young People: The Middle Ages


Click to order Fire Upon the EarthFire Upon the Earth
Norman F. Langford

This is a condensed narrative of the story of the Christian Church, from the time of Jesus to the mid-twentieth century. The author is Protestant, and before the Reformation, he relates the story of the Roman Catholic Church simply and directly without judgment, other than the judgment of its own times, as when various men arose to correct an extreme in the Church. From the time of the Reformation on, he does not judge one Protestant denomination above others, but merely relates each one’s irreconciliable difference with its parent denomination. This is valuable because each family can then go into more detail with their own children, as they see fit, as to why they are Presbyterian or Lutheran or whatever. Most other church histories are so detailed (weighing in at 300 or more pages of text) that it’s hard for our children to get the framework in their minds of what’s happened. But not only does Fire Upon the Earth give our children that framework, it does so in such a way that the book reads like a novel. My edition of this book is what is pictured, and it is out of print, but as it is plentiful in library sales and used book stores across the country, it should be fairly easy to find using the used book searches.
Out of Print. Search AddAll.com or BookFinder.com via an author search using ‘langford’ and a title search using ‘fire upon the earth;’ see locating out of print books.


Click to order The Age Chivalry and Legends of CharlemagneThe Age of Chivalry and Legends of Charlemagne
Thomas Bulfinch

Bulfinch’s Mythology was first written in the 19th century, and was the first and so far, the best attempt to compile in one book the myths of Greece, Rome, the Celts, the Norse, as well as the legends of King Arthur, Charlemagne, and the knights of the Middle Ages. This edition only contains the Age of Chivalry - the legends of King Arthur and other English knights - and the Legends of Charlemagne. This is the companion volume to The Age of Fable recommended in the Classical World for Older Students. A one-volume complete Bulfinch’s Mythology, containing the Age of Fable (myths of gods and heroes) as well as the Age of Chivalry and the Legends of Charlemagne, is also available in hardcover and in paperback.


Beowulf the Warrior
Nordic Gods and Heroes
Macaulay’s Castle
and Cathedral
The Magna Charta
Howard Pyle’s Medieval Era Legends
, especially King Arthur (ca. 6th century) and Robin Hood (late 12th century)


Click to order St. George for EnglandG. A. Henty’s Medieval Era Historical Fiction
G. A. Henty

The Dragon and the Raven, or the Days of King Alfred (870 AD) paperback edition
Wulf the Saxon, A Story of the Norman Conquest (1066) paperback edition
Winning His Spurs, A Tale of the Crusades (1190) paperback edition
In Freedom’s Cause, A Story of Wallace and Bruce (1314) paperback edition
St. George for England, A Tale of Cressy and Poitiers (1340) paperback edition
The Lion of St. Mark, A Tale of Venice (1380) paperback edition
Knight of the White Cross, A Tale of the Siege of Rhodes (1480) paperback edition


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The Renaissance & Reformed World for Older Students

Famous Men of the Renaissance & Reformation
Leonardo da Vinci
and other Abrams First Impressions biographies


Click to order The Story of LibertyThe Story of Liberty
Charles Coffin

This is an invaluable book that documents the whole struggle for liberty begun in the Middle Ages by King John’s barons who forced him to sign the Great Charter on the meadow of Runnymede in 1215. Written in chronological order, it seamlessly melds the events of the Renaissance, the Reformation, and the Exploration together to present a continuous narrative of the times. Chapters on King John and the barons, Wyclif, Hus, Gutenberg, the Inquisition, Columbus, the explorers of the New World, Henry VIII and Katherine of Aragon, Pope Alexander VI, Martin Luther, Leo X, Charles V of Spain, Cardinal Wolsey, Francis I of France, Ignatius Loyola and the Jesuits, Anne Boleyn, Mary Tudor, the Huguenots, Queen Elizabeth, Catherine de Medici, St. Bartholomew’s Eve, Mary, Queen of Scots, William of Orange, the Siege of Leydens, Henry of Navarre, William Brewster and the church at Scrooby, James I of England, and the Puritans’ journey from England, to Holland, to America. The only detraction of the book is that it is written in the present tense; however, that is a minor irritation.


Click to order Here I StandHere I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther
Roland Herbert Bainton

This authoritative biography of the great religious leader was hailed by Time magazine as “the most readable Luther biography in English.” Luther “entered a monastery as a youth and who, as a man, shattered the structure of the medieval church. [He] spoke out against the corrupt religious practices that then existed. His demand that the authority for doctrine and practice be Scriptures, rather than Popes or Councils, echoed around the world and ignited the Great Reformation. Accused of heresy and threatened with excommunication and death, Luther maintained his bold stand and refused to recant. In his crusade to eliminate religious abuses, he did more than any other man to establish the Protestant faith. With sound historical scholarship and penetrating insight, Roland Bainton examines Luther’s widespread influence. He re-creates the spiritual setting of the sixteenth century, showing Luther’s place within it and influence upon it.”


Click to order For Kirk and Covenant: The Stalwart Courage of John KnoxFor Kirk and Covenant: The Stalwart Courage of John Knox
Douglas Wilson

“At a time when others cowered in complacent acquiesence, John Knox stood boldly and fearlessly in the face of the political and religious tyranny and corruption of medieval Scotland. Although Knox is probably best known for his frequent clashes with Mary, Queen of Scots, this concise examination of his life and character explores the important roles Knox played as the father of Scottish Presbyterianism and in the reformation of that entire region. A leader uniquely qualified for the task of reforming church and culture, he fulfilled the call of greatness with a spirit of genuine humility. This book explores a side of Knox that history has neglected -- his tenderness, love, and mercy -- and calls us to recover the spiritual heritage that he exemplified so well.”


Joyce McPherson’s Reformation Era Biographies
G. A. Henty’s Reformation Era Historical Fiction
Great Adventures that Changed Our World
Ship
The Sea King: Sir Francis Drake & His Times


Return to 4th Grade History: The Renaissance & Reformed World

Go to 5th Grade History: The American World


Using the Online Catalog

This online catalog is made possible through an association with Amazon.com. Clicking on the book cover will take you to Amazon’s information page about that book. You can look at its price, availability, any discounts currently taken for that title, reviews of the book, and other information, as well as order it if you decide to purchase the book. You can even place books in your shopping cart and save them for purchase at a later time. You can continue to add or delete books from your shopping cart until you are satisfied with your order and ready to purchase. Clicking on your browser’s “Back” button will bring you back to this catalog.

Locating Out of Print Books
Sometimes books go out of print, or the publisher runs out of stock. Any book not available from Amazon.com for any reason can be searched using AddAll.com, a book shopping site which will scan Amazon as well as Barnes and Noble, Powell’s Books, Book Close Outs and many other new and used book sites. Be sure to also check BookFinder.com for out of print book searches.

If all else fails, and you cannot find a book you need, check it out from the library, or request it from your library through interlibrary loan. Once you have the book home, take it to a copy store and copy it. You can even have color copies done of key maps or photographs. Copy stores can now do nice bindings on your copy projects. The copyright law allows copying of out of print (not in print) works to be used for educational purposes. Then return the book to the library, and you have your own book to keep, usually for less than it would be from a collector’s book shop.

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