"The West: Encounters & Transformations" takes a new approach to telling the story of Western Civilization. Rather than looking at Western Civilization only as the history of Europe from ancient times to the present, this groundbreaking book examines the changing nature of the West-how the definition of the West has evolved and transformed throughout history. The text presents a balanced treatment of political, social, religious, and cultural history and emphasizes the ever-shifting boundaries of the geographic and cultural realm of the West. Overview of Western Civilization. Readers interested in the history and development of Western Civilization.Levack, Brian P. is the author of 'West Encounters & Transformations 1300 to 1815', published 2006 under ISBN 9780321384157 and ISBN 0321384156.