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 more than 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 Perspectives 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 more than 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."
"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."
"The content in this database is well matched to academic needs for high school and high level middle school coursework."
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"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."
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"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."
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