Humanities, The: Culture, Continuity and Change, Volume II: 1600 to the Present, Books a la Carte Plus MyLab Arts with eText -- Access Card Package, 2nd Edition

By Henry M. Sayre

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Sep 22, 2011




The Humanities: Culture, Continuity & Change , 2e helps students see context and make connections across the humanities by tying together the entire cultural experience through a narrative storytelling approach. Written around Henry Sayre’s belief that students learn best by remembering stories rather than memorizing facts, it captures the voices that have shaped and influenced human thinking and creativity throughout our history.


With a stronger focus on engaging students in the critical thinking process, this new edition encourages students to deepen their understanding of how cultures influence one another, how ideas are exchanged and evolve over time, and how this collective process has led us to where we stand today. With several new features, this second edition helps students to understand context and make connections across time, place, and culture.


This Books á la Carte Edition is an unbound, three-hole punched, loose-leaf version of the textbook and provides students the opportunity to personalize their book by incorporating their own notes and taking online the portion of the book they need to class — all at a fraction of the bound book price.

Table of Contents

Book 4: Enlightenment, Exploration, and Trade: 1600 to 1800
21 The Baroque in Italy: The Church and Its Appeal

Baroque Style and the Counter-Reformation
The Drama of Painting: Caravaggio and the Caravaggisti
Venice and Baroque Music
   Focus: Andrea Pozzo’s Apotheosis of Saint Ignatius
   C & C: The End of Italian Ascendency


22 The Art of Observation: The Secular Baroque in the North

Calvinist Amsterdam: City of Conradictions
The Science of Observation
Dutch Vernacular Painting: The Art of the Familiar
The Baroque Keyboard

   Focus: Rembrandt’s The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Tulp
C & C: Tension between Populace and Court [to be retitled “The Art of the People and the Tastes of the Court”]


23 Absolute Power: Royal Courts and their Patronage

Versailles and the Rise of Absolutism
The Arts of the French Court
The Art and Politics of the English Court
The Arts of the Spanish Court
The Baroque in the Americas

  Focus: Velázquez’s Las Meninas
  C & C: Excess and Restraint

24 The Claims of Reason: The Enlightenment in England

The New London: Toward the Enlightenment
The English Enlightenment
Literacy and the New Print Culture
Exploration in the Englightenment

  Focus: Wren’s St. Paul’s Cathedral
  C & C: The Growing Crisis of the Slave Trade

25 Privilege and Reason: The Rococo and the Enlightenment on the Continent

The Rococo
The Philosophes
Rococo and Classical Music
China and Europe: Cross-Cultural Contact

  Focus: Watteau’s Signboard of Gersaint
  C & C: The End of the Rococo


26 Revolution and the Neoclassical Style

The American and French Revolutions
The Rights of Woman
The Neoclassical Spirit
Napoleon and Neoclassical Paris
The Issue of Slavery

Focus: David’s The Lictors Returning to Brutus the Bodies of His Sons
   C & C: The Romantics and Napoleon

Book 5: The Lure of Empire: 1800 to 1900
27 The Romantic World View: The Self in Nature and the Nature of Self  [

The Early Romantic Imagination
The Romantic Landscape
Transcendentalism and the American Romantics
Romanticism’s Darker Realities
The Romantic Hero
     Goya’s Tragic Vision
Herman Melville: The Unceratin World of Moby Dick
Beethoven and the Rise of Romantic Music

  Focus: The Sublime, the Beautiful, and the Picturesque
  C & C: From Romanticism to Realism

28 Industry and the Working Class: A New Realism

The Industrial City: Conditions in London
Reformists Respond: Utopian Socialism, Medievalism, and Christian Reform
Literary Realism (including slave narratives)
French Painting: The Dialogue between Idealism and Realism
Photography: Realism’s Pencil of Light [including early photos of Egypt by Maxime du Camp]
Charles Darwin: The Science of Objective Observation

  Focus: Orientalism and Ingres’s Turkish Bath
  C & C: Documenting War


29 Global Confrontation and Civil War: Challenges to Cultural Identity

The Revolutions of 1848: From the Streets of Paris to Vienna and Beyond
The Haussmannization of Paris
The Rise of Nationalism
The American Civil War
The British in China an India
The Rise and Fall of Egypt
The Opening of Japan

Focus: Winslow Homer’s A Visit from the Old Mistress
   C & C: Painting Modern Life


30  In Pursuit of Modernity: Paris in the 1850s and ’60s

George Sand: Politics and the Female Voice
Charles Baudelaire and the Poetry of Modern Life
Édouard Manet: The Painter of Modern Life
Émile Zola and the Naturalist Novel
Nationalism and the Politics of Opera

  Focus: Manet’s Olympia
  C & C: Impressionist Paris

31 The Promise of Renewal: Hope and Possibility in Late Nineteenth-Century Europe

French Impressionism
Russian Realism and the Quest for the Russian Soul
Britain and the Design of Social Reform

  Focus: Renoir’s The Luncheon of the Boating Party
C & C: The Prospect of America

32  The Course of Empire: Expansion and Conflict in America

The Native American in Myth and Reality
Walt Whitman’s America
The American Woman
Ragtime and the Beginnings of Jazz
The American Abroad
Chicago and the Columbian Exposition of 1893

  Focus: Eakin’s Gross Clinic and Agnew Clinic
  C & C: The “Frontier Thesis” of Frederick Jackson Turner

33 The Fin de Siècle: Toward the Modern

The Fin de Siècle: From Naturalism to Symbolism
Post-Impressionist Painting
Toward the Modern
Africa and Empire [including Conrad’s Heart of Darkness]

  Focus: Cézanne’s Still Life with Plaster Cast
  C & C: Freud and the Unconscious


Book 6:  Modernism and the Globalization of Culture: 1900 to the Present
34 The Era of Invention: Paris and the Modern World

Pablo Picasso’s Paris: At the Heart of the Modern
The Expressionist Movement: Modernism in Germany and Austria
Early Twentieth Century Literature
The Origins of Cinema

  Focus: Picasso’s collages
  C & C: The Prospect of War

35 The Great War and Its Impact:  A Lost Generation and a New Imaginary

Trench Warfare and the Literary Imagination
Escape from Despair: Dada in the Capitals
Russia: Art and Revolution
Freud, Jung, and the Art of the Unconscious

  Focus: Eisenstein’s The Battleship Potemkin, “Odessa Steps Sequence”
  C & C: Harlem and the Great Migration

36  New York, the Machine, and Skyscraper Culture: Making It New

The Harlem Renaissance
Skyscraper and Machine: Architecture in New York
[including intro to The International Style]
Making It New: The Art of Place
The Golden Age of Silent Film: Hollywood in the 1920s

Focus: William Carlos Williams’s “The Great Figure” and Charles Demuth’s The Figure 5 in Gold
 C & C: The Rise of Fascism


37 The Age of Anxiety: Facism and Depression, Holocaust and the Bomb

The Glitter and Angst of Berline
The Rise of Fascism
Revolution in Mexico
The Great Depression in America
Cinema: Talkies and Color
World War II

Focus: Picasso’s Guernica
  C & C: The Bauhaus in America
38 After the War: Existential Doubt, Artistic Triumph, and the Culture of Consumption

Europe after the War: The Existential Quest
America after the War: Triumph and Doubt
The Beat Generation
Pop Art
Minimalism in Art
Focus: Hamilton’s Just What Is It That Makes Today’s Homes So Different, So Appealing?
  C & C: The Civil Rights Movement

39 Multiplicity and Diversity: Cultures of Liberation and Identity in the 1960s and ’70s

Black Identity
The Vietnam War: Rebellion and the Arts
High and Low: The Example of Music
The Birth of the Feminist Era
Questions of Male Identity

Focus: James Rosenquist, F-111, 1965
 C & C: The Global Village

40 Without Boundaries: Multiple Meanings in a Postmodern World

Postmodern Architecture: Complexity, Contradiction, and Globalization
Pluralism and Postmodern Theory
Pluralism and Diversity in the Arts
 A Plurality of Styles in Painting
 Multiplicity in Postmodern Literature
 A Diversity of Cultures: The Cross-Fertilization of the Present
 A Multiplicity of Media: New Technologies

Focus: Basquiat’s Charles the First
 C & C: The Environment and the Humanist Tradition