World History

Ancient and Medieval Eras

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

  • Topic:

    World History
  • Subtopic:

    Anthropology (General)

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

What are the historical origins of the regional conflicts roiling the world today? Who were the earliest North Americans? How could the ancient Egyptians construct pyramids that still confound contemporary builders? This comprehensive database explores these intriguing questions and much more.

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 explore history in every corner of the globe, including Asia, Africa, and the Americas. Overviews and activities are enhanced with thousands of authoritative primary and secondary sources, in-depth explorations, and profiles of city-states, countries, and regions of the ancient world.

With our unique access to prominent historians, users get information beyond facts and develop a deeper understanding of history, learning how to relate the events of the distant past to the ongoing development of human history. Students become more independent and successful researchers, with an interest in history and an appreciation of its importance.

• The Analyze section supports student inquiry into historical dilemmas such as "Who built Stonehenge?" and "How important were Irish monasteries in preserving classical literature?”
• Nearly 6,600 primary and secondary sources, including selections from the Code of Hammurabi, the Edict of Milan, and Marcus Aurelius' Meditations and 1,200 biographies of important figures such as Alexander the Great, Confucius, William the Conqueror, and Eleanor of Aquitaine

• The database ranges beyond Western civilization to ancient Africa, the Islamic world, and the East, offering a worldwide perspective
• Regularly updated feature stories draw connections between the history being made today and its ancient and medieval origins
• Supports the core curriculum while expanding and completing library collections
"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

"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

"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

"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, poplular Web sites, and more academic online article indexes and is recommended for high school and public libraries." - Booklist

"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

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

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2008 Education Software Review Award (EDDIE) - ComputEd Gazette

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

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

2005 Awards Portfolio Winner - Media & Methods Magazine

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