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Western Civilization: A Concise History

Western Civilization: A Concise History is an Open Educational Resource textbook covering the history of Western Civilization from approximately 8000 BCE to the recent past.  It is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike International 4.0 license and is licensed by Portland Community College.

The textbook is divided into three volumes and a brief overview is also available:

Volume 1, from c. 8000 BCE – c. 1000 CE:

Volume 2, from c. 1000 CE – 1800 CE:

Volume 3, from 1800 CE – 2017 CE:

The first volume of the textbook was revised to version “2.5” and released in September 2021.  The second and third volumes are currently at version “2.0” and were released in Winter 2020.  Future revisions are planned and comments are welcome via e-mail at christopher.brooks3@pcc.edu.