World History

The Modern Era

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World History: The Modern Era is the latest update of the reference standard of electronic history reference materials for high school and high-level middle school coursework.

World History: The Modern Era covers a broad range of topics in depth—the evolution of modern Europe since the Renaissance; concurrent developments in Asia, Africa, and the Islamic world; the global impact of the Industrial Revolution; and the last 100 years of conflicts and international cooperation. This comprehensive resource provides easy-to-navigate access to authoritative information for research purposes, brings history to life via a range of source materials, and helps students improve their information literacy skills.

Organized chronologically and thematically, World History is correlated to the most current state and national standards, assessments, and textbooks, and supports a variety of learning styles and instructional approaches. In addition, the Analyze section is specifically designed to engage young minds and provide instructors with the necessary tools for lively, historical inquiry lessons. Whether used for research, as a study aid for test preparation, a source for enhancing lectures, or the sole content basis for a course, this database expands and completes any library collection.


  • Provides over 7,300 primary sources of exceptional variety and authenticity, including Ronald Reagan’s “Tear Down This Wall” speech; newsreel footage of the U.S. landing at Inchon, Korea; and photographs including T. E. Lawrence during the Arab uprising in 1917
  • The Analyze section boosts critical thinking by challenging students to decide their viewpoint on questions such as “Was Ronald Reagan responsible for the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War? ” and “Are the human and historical costs of building China’s Three Gorges Dam justified?”
  • Includes over 70 era explorations, such as the Spread of Protestantism, Napoleon’s Empire, the Unification of Italy, and the Iron Curtain, enhanced with a number of interactive study and teaching tools


  • Provides in-depth coverage of the history of all regions of the world from 1500 to the present, aligned to the most recent curriculum guidelines
  • Includes thousands of primary and secondary sources, such as illustrations of people, places, and events; book excerpts and recorded interviews with key figures; specialized maps; and more
  • Combines curriculum and reference tools to maximize library resources and provide outstanding value


"World History provides a comprehensive and well-written treatment of key historical developments from 1500 to the present day ... delivers a broad spectrum of resources ... helpful tools allow teachers and librarians to create, save, and post customized research lists of selected articles, supplementary materials, and activities online."—Technology & Learning

"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

"The content in this database is well matched to academic needs for high school and high level middle school coursework."—Library Media Connection


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2002 Best Software in High School (BESSIE) - Web Site — ComputEd Gazette

2002 Award of Excellence — Technology & Learning

2003 Golden Lamp and Distinguished Achievement Award — EdPress

2003 Readers' Choice Award: K-12 Instructional Software — eSchool News

2003 Curriculum Web Site Hall of Fame — District Administration

2004 Awards Portfolio Winner — Media & Methods 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

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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.


  • Updated daily with vetted, authoritative content, ABC-CLIO Solutions are always current, making outdated textbooks a thing of the past
    Each Solutions database include a subject-specific library, a curriculum, unique model commentaries, and a full-featured educator support center
    They’re online and available for students and educators to access anywhere, anytime
    More affordable than resources with far less content and fewer advanced features, Solutions databases represent an outstanding value

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