The Western Heritage
The Western Heritage is an American history textbook used for the study of Western civilization and European history. It was published in 1979, and has gone through ten editions. It was written by Donald Kagan, Steven Ozment, and Frank M. Turner. It soon became a "standard survey text" and is published in two volumes.
Considered conservative and old-fashioned when it was published, reviewers chided it for ignoring the Byzantines and Ottomans as well as giving short shrift to Russia and Poland. Others indicated lack of attention to the role of the Islamic states and ignorance of Islamic sources. It "could be plausibly described as consistently following something close to a biblical-literalist line" on the history of Ancient Israel.
- Kagan, Donald, Ozment, Steven and Turner, Frank M. (2009) The Western Heritage (Volume One: To 1740) (Tenth Edition) Pearson Education, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey, ISBN 978-0-205-70515-3
- Kagan, Donald, Ozment, Steven and Turner, Frank M. (1979) The Western Heritage Macmillan, New York, ISBN 0-02-361840-X
- Clark, Chalres E. (August 1995) "Review" The History Teacher 28(4): pp. 575-576, page 575
- Percy, William A, and Suarez, Pedro J. (August 1984) "Today's Western and World Civilization College Texts: A Review" The History Teacher 17(4): pp. 567-590, pages 580-581
- Kulczycki, John J. (February 2005) "Eastern Europe in Western Civilization Textbooks: The Example of Poland" The History Teacher 38(2): pp. 153-177, pages 155-157
- Frank, Kenneth W. (May 1993) "Pirenne Again: A Muslim Viewpoint" The History Teacher 26(3): pp. 371-383, page 371
- Cargill, Jack (May 2001) "Ancient Israel in Western Civ Textbooks" The History Teacher 34(3): pp. 297-326, page 304