"Many of us teachers of "western civilization"...are caught in an implacable vise: on the one hand, the conservative bullies bray for a bigoted version of the past, or various groups demand "affirmative action" by inclusion in the liberal version of the historical grand narrative and the resulting culture wars produce much sound and fury. On the other hand, our students, often approaching history for the very first time, eagerly want a clear narration of our story so that they can have some common sense in facing the future that awaits them. "Enduring Western Civilization must become an essential supplement to every teacher who works with this dilemma. It contains original works of scholarship by authors who are distinguished for their creativity and rigor. It is a diamond that cannot be crushed in the vise I have mentioned; indeed, it can help us to pry it open." - Peter Linebaugh, University of ToledoFederici, Silvia is the author of 'Enduring Western Civilization The Construction of the Concept of Western Civilization and Its "Others' with ISBN 9780275951542 and ISBN 0275951545.