The Western Heritage

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The Western Heritage
Author Donald Kagan, Steven Ozment, and Frank M. Turner
Country United States
Language English
Subject Western history
Publisher Macmillan
Publication date
Pages 220
ISBN 0-02-361840-X
OCLC 134198
LC Class CB245

The Western Heritage[1] is an American history textbook used for the study of Western civilization and European history. It was published in 1979,[2] 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"[3] and is published in two volumes.

Considered conservative and old-fashioned when it was published,[4] reviewers chided it for ignoring the Byzantines and Ottomans as well as giving short shrift to Russia and Poland.[4][5] Others indicated lack of attention to the role of the Islamic states[4] and ignorance of Islamic sources.[6] It "could be plausibly described as consistently following something close to a biblical-literalist line" on the history of Ancient Israel.[7]


  1. ^ 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
  2. ^ Kagan, Donald, Ozment, Steven and Turner, Frank M. (1979) The Western Heritage Macmillan, New York, ISBN 0-02-361840-X
  3. ^ Clark, Chalres E. (August 1995) "Review" The History Teacher 28(4): pp. 575-576, page 575
  4. ^ a b c 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
  5. ^ 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
  6. ^ Frank, Kenneth W. (May 1993) "Pirenne Again: A Muslim Viewpoint" The History Teacher 26(3): pp. 371-383, page 371
  7. ^ Cargill, Jack (May 2001) "Ancient Israel in Western Civ Textbooks" The History Teacher 34(3): pp. 297-326, page 304