World History

Ancient and Medieval Eras

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World History: Ancient and Medieval Eras covers early human history around the globe—from prehistoric times to the beginnings of the Renaissance.

Ranging from the dawn of prehistory through the great ancient empires to the beginning of the Renaissance, World History: Ancient and Medieval Eras helps students grasp the significance of every area of the world, including Asia, Africa, and the Americas. Thousands of authoritative primary and secondary sources, in-depth explorations of key topics, and profiles of city-states, countries, and regions of the ancient and medieval world provide a dynamic learning experience.

ABC-CLIO's unique access to prominent historians gives users information far beyond simple facts and figures, enabling a deeper understanding of history. Even more importantly, students learn how to relate the events of the distant past to the ongoing development of human history. The result: users become more independent and successful researchers, with an interest in history and a keen appreciation of its importance.

With this latest version, World History: Ancient and Medieval Eras now includes information from five award-winning Greenwood databases as well as the ability to easily cross-search and navigate between all 13 other databases.


  • Contains nearly 8,500 primary and secondary sources, including selections from the Code of Hammurabi, the Edict of Milan, and Marcus Aurelius’s The Meditations; and more than 1,500 biographies of important figures such as Alexander the Great, Confucius, William the Conqueror, and Eleanor of Aquitaine
  • The exclusive Analyze sections prompt inquisitive critical thinking by presenting intriguing questions such as “Who built Stonehenge?” and “Was there a real Robin Hood?”


  • Provides the benefit of a worldwide perspective based upon a breadth of information ranging far beyond Western Civilization to ancient Africa, the Islamic world, and the East
  • Regularly updated feature stories illuminate the connections between the current events and their ancient and medieval origins
  • Supports the core curriculum while expanding and completing library collections


" Well-designed, focused, and rich in content, this product is recommended for secondary school and large public libraries."—Library Journal

"This website is ideal for social studies teacher teaching this curriculum as well as for librarians teaching information literacy and research skills. It will encourage students to learn research skills and evaluate historical evidence. This site is highly recommended for school libraries."—American Reference Books Annual

"Teachers can use this database to create lesson plans ... This is a very handy tool and fits in well with ABC-CLIO's other online offerings ... It bridges the gap between print encyclopedias, popular Web sites, and more academic online article indexes and is recommended for high school and public libraries."—Booklist

"In addition to straightforward searching and thorough, cross-referenced articles that include biographies, primary sources, maps, timelines, and audio and video segments, there are plenty of photographs and eye-catching graphics to engage students. Recommended."—Library Media Connection

"This already outstanding resource has been improved with a crisp, easy-to-use interface that few students should have difficulty mastering. Highly recommended for school and public libraries."—Booklist

"This database, much like the others from ABC-CLIO, will enhance any school's teaching curriculum. It will bring world history to life for many students and provide a new outlet for learning. The price may be a bit high for many schools, but the amount of material found here may make up for the expense."—ARBA

"I recommend this to any history or social studies teacher, but the site would also be useful in language arts. The site is user-friendly, is very easy to navigate, and many users can log in at once. Recommended."—Library Media Connection


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ABC-CLIO Solutions School Editions

Offering effective technology for your library and created specifically for middle and high school students, ABC-CLIO Solutions Schools Edition provides authoritative coverage of essential topics in U.S. history and government, world history, geography, and a range of multicultural and popular culture subjects.

Each online ABC-CLIO Solution includes four innovative components:

A COMPREHENSIVE REFERENCE LIBRARY with content from more than 230,000 primary sources and entries encompassing audio, video, photographs, illustrations, maps, and rich media.

A STANDARDS-BASED CURRICULUM updated daily by a team of subject-specific editorial experts and supported by an extensive range of instructional material.

A DEEP COLLECTION OF MODEL COMMENTARIES from noted scholars that have been specially commissioned to foster critical thinking stimulated by exposure to varying points of view.

AN EDUCATOR SUPPORT CENTER containing valuable professional development tools as well as relevant resources such as discussion points, activities, lesson plans, and research lists.


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