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World History

Ancient and Medieval Eras

by David Tipton, Dr. Lee W. Eysturlid, Rob Kiely, and Peter N. Stearns, Editors

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Was there really a King Arthur, or is he simply a legendary character? What are the historical origins of regional conflicts in existence today? Ancient and medieval history holds the answers to such fascinating and perplexing questions; it not only tells us how our world used to be but also allows us to discover fundamental characteristics of humanity, showing us both how we have changed and how we have remained the same.

World History: Ancient and Medieval Eras explores ancient civilizations, dynasties, and empires and profiles city-states, countries, and regions of the ancient and medieval world, providing a dynamic learning experience that encompasses intellectual developments, wars and cooperation, religion, cultural practices, and more from prehistory through to the beginning of the Renaissance. Students will learn how to relate the events of the distant past to the ongoing development of human history such that they become more independent and proficient researchers, with an interest in the history of long ago and an appreciation for its importance.

Highlights

  • Houses more than 11,000 primary and secondary sources, including selections from the Code of Hammurabi, the Edict of Milan, and Marcus Aurelius's The Meditations; and more than 1,800 biographies of important figures such as Alexander the Great, Confucius, William the Conqueror, and Eleanor of Aquitaine
  • Prompts critical thinking by presenting intriguing questions such as "Who built Stonehenge?" and "Was there a real Robin Hood?"
  • Builds students’ contextual understanding of key concepts in ancient and medieval history with 240 Course Essential Video modules recorded by master teachers and scholars
  • Encourages adoption of a global perspective by providing a breadth of information ranging far beyond Western civilization to ancient Asia, the Islamic world, Africa, the Americas, and Central and East Asia
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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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Advisory Board

David Tipton is the Managing Editor for the World History: Ancient and Medieval Eras, World History: The Modern Era, Daily Life through History, and World Religions databases. He received his BA and MA in History from the University of California, Santa Barbara with an emphasis on ancient and medieval history. He has completed doctoral coursework at University of California, Santa Barbara in the study of ancient Rome and early Christianity.

Dr. Lee W. Eysturlid is a history instructor at Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy in Aurora, Illinois. He also serves as an adjunct for Northwestern University's School of Continuing Studies program. Dr. Eysturlid earned his PhD in history from Purdue University, where he specialized in Intellectual Military History and the Habsburg and Ottoman empires. He is a member of the Citadel Historical Association and is an ABC-CLIO History Fellow. His published works include Philosophers of War: The Evolution of History's Greatest Military Thinkers (Praeger, 2013) and The Formative Influences, Theories, and Campaigns of the Archduke Carl of Austria (Praeger, 2000).

Rob Kiely is an adjunct assistant professor of liberal arts at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is also an instructor in such courses as the history of biology and the history of philosophy at Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy in Aurora, Illinois. Kiely has also delivered many lectures at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago, Illinois. He received his PhD from Northwestern University, where he studied the history of ideas and the history of science. His awards include a National Science Foundation Research Grant, an Outstanding Teaching Award from Northwestern University, and the Faculty of the Year Award from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Peter N. Stearns is Professor of History and Provost Emeritus at George Mason University. Professor Stearns has written widely on world and emotions history, including two popular textbooks. Other books include A History of Shame (forthcoming), The Industrial Turn in World History (forthcoming), Guiding the American University: Challenges and Choices, Doing Emotions History, Gender in World History, Satisfaction Not Guaranteed: Dilemmas of Progress in Modern Society, Childhood in World History, and American Fear: The Causes and Consequences of High Anxiety, among many others. He also edited the Encyclopedia of World History, 6th edition. Before coming to George Mason University, Professor Stearns taught at the University of Chicago, Rutgers University, and Carnegie Mellon University. He served as vice president of the American Historical Association, Teaching Division, from 1995 to 1998. He was also founder and editor of the Journal of Social History from 1967 to 2015.

Reviews/Endorsements

Reviews

" 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

Endorsements

"Since we purchased the ABC-CLIO Schools subscription websites, our library usage has grown tenfold. The library is packed these days! The depth and breadth of the websites is wonderful. Everything that students need—from country profiles to current images, maps, and documents—is in one place. And besides social studies teachers, foreign language teachers, and others use the websites too—some to plan curriculum. The library and social studies faculties are now working more closely together."—Joanne Hughes
Librarian/Technology Coordinator
Auburn Riverside High School
Auburn, WA

"After purchasing the websites, I participated in an online training session which was both convenient and informative! Now I quickly set up customized research lists for the students to direct them to discussion questions and review activities they can complete in the library. The students love all the visual primary sources, especially when they are making posters or brochures for class."—Terrie Crockwell
Library Media Technician
Etiwanda High School
Etiwanda, CA

"With the ABC-CLIO Schools subscription websites, students can locate information themselves with minimal instruction. The websites are accurate and reliable, and they guide students in building information literacy skills—examining different interpretations, choosing between resources, and synthesizing information. Teachers appreciate that the websites are current and aligned to standards."—Susan Leigh Burrell
Librarian/Media Specialist
Grace E. Metz Middle School
Manassas, VA

"Our history department has done away with most textbooks this year! With their wealth of primary sources, critical thinking activities, and daily news articles, the ABC-CLIO Schools websites help us guide our students in becoming social scientists."—Jim A. Masker
Social Studies Teacher, Cate School
Carpinteria, CA

"The Wayne School district has adopted a thematic curriculum for the teaching of World and US History. As a result of this curriculum shift, we have decided not to rely on a textbook as the primary instrument for instruction. In this age of digital technology, we have found that there are many wonderful digital resources that students and teachers can utilize to enrich the learning experience. One of the best is ABC-CLIO. We find their databases of information to be rich in primary source materials, their readings to be clear and concise, and their videos, graphs, and charts very engaging. Furthermore, the ABC-CLIO databases are easy to navigate for students and teachers. Searches are easily obtained including advance searches. ABC-CLIO even provides stimulating lessons and discussion points to further enhance the classroom experience. We are very happy with their product including their support services. I would recommend ABC-CLIO to any school district looking to move their curriculum into the 21st century."
—Carmine J. Picardo, Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction, Wayne Public Schools

Awards

2005 Best Software in High School (BESSIE) - Web Site — ComputEd Gazette

2005 Awards Portfolio Winner — Media & Methods Magazine

2005 Award of Distinction for Web Site/Overall Site — The Communicator Awards

10th Annual Education Software Review Awards (EDDIE) - HS World History Website — ComputEd Gazette

2005 Awards of Excellence Legacy Winner — Technology & Learning Magazine

2008 Best Educational Software Award (BESSIE)—Social Studies Web Site — ComputEd Gazette

2008 Education Software Review Award (EDDIE) — ComputEd Gazette

2008 Award of Excellence — Tech and Learning

2015 New Product Award for "Course Essentials" Video Learning Module Series — Tech and Learning

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