Daily Life through History


by David Tipton, Rob Kiely, Peter Stearns, Michelle Tusan, and Vincent Burns, Editors

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Travel through time and across the globe with Daily Life through History.

In Daily Life through History, a comprehensive collection of primary and secondary sources provide direct insight into the social history of societies ranging from the Australian Aborigines all the way to 21st-century China. This versatile database supports coursework and research in history, literature, cultural studies, and more with its focus on cross-disciplinary historical topics such as work, religion, language, art, food and cooking, clothing, housing, and social customs. Original journal articles from prominent historians round out the coverage, giving expert treatment to thoughtworthy topics on individual societies as well as cross-culturally relevant questions.


  • Detailed explorations of 64 distinct cultures, such as the Inca Civilization, the Han Dynasty, Medieval Europe, and Contemporary America
  • Roughly 35 thesis-driven, peer-reviewed essays from leading academics such as Joseph Byrne, Harold J. Goldberg, and Ezekiel Walker that tackle complex questions such as "Is 'the family' an essential requirement for a stable society?" and "How was the life of the common person most affected by the Industrial Revolution?"
  • More than 4,000 images and primary sources, including cultural documents, photographs, and illustrations that offer fascinating insights into history
  • Authoritative reference content from more than 75 Greenwood single- and multivolume reference works
Suite Features

ABC-CLIO Solutions Academic Editions

The ABC-CLIO Solutions Academic Edition suite supplies the digital reference collections and full-text scholarship integral to undergraduate research in the humanities. In each of the suite's 14 dynamic and discipline-specific databases, student researchers are empowered to broaden their understandings, analyze historical and societal complexities, and develop innovative and informed perspectives.

Contributions from more than 3,000 field scholars and real-time updates ensure researchers are always accessing relevant and credible material. Across all 14 databases, investigations into critical topics yield three integrated but distinct content components to support thesis-driven research:

Original journal articles, authored by leading academics and vetted by advisory boards of credentialed experts, that offer varied viewpoints on the complexities and nuances inherent in the discipline to serve as both sources and exemplars of evidence-based scholarly thought,

A robust reference library that draws from 200,000+ primary and secondary sources, including media and data,

And a course companion, comprised of both text and video lectures, designed to reinforce coursework or drive independent study.


  • Coverage spans the humanities, from core disciplines like American history to emergent fields of study, including modern genocide and popular culture.
  • All material is authored by accomplished academics and vetted by database-specific advisory boards, while daily updates across the suite ensure that database content evolves to reflect changing understandings and developments in the field.
  • Both browsing and linear learning are supported by the databases' topic center structure, with each topic center housing a variety of relevant content including primary sources, reference material, and journal articles.
  • Targeted research is served by the federated search engine, which pulls content from across multiple databases to connect students with any and all applicable material. Researchers can then apply advanced search filters to locate the precise resources they seek.
  • Built-in tools are available to support and streamline the research process, including the cite tool for instant citation generation and the CLIOview feature for comparative data analysis.
Advisory Board

Rob Kiely is an adjunct assistant professor of liberal arts at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. 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.

Michelle Tusan is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Her research and teaching interests are in the field of British, gender, and imperial history. She published Women Making News: Gender and Journalism in Modern Britain in 2005; Smyrna's Ashes: Humanitarianism, Genocide and the Birth of the Middle East in 2012; and is currently writing a book on the Armenian Genocide.

Topic Centers


Prehistory, Beginnings to 1000 BCE
• Aboriginal Australia
• Prehistoric Europe
• The Fertile Crescent
Africa, 3000 BCE–1500 CE
• Medieval Africa
Spheres of Influence, 1776–1914
• Tokugawa Japan
• 19th Century Latin America
• Colonial and Post-Colonial Africa
• Qing China
• Colonial Australia
• British India
Egypt and the Near East, 3200–500 BCE
• Ancient Egypt
• Hebrew World
The Americas, 3000 BCE–1500 CE
• Anasazi Culture
• Cahokia
• Inca Civilization
• Mesoamerica and South America Before 1500
The Industrial Revolution and the Rise of Nationalism, 1800–1914
• Civil War America
• American West
• Industrial America
• Victorian England
Ancient Asia, 3000 BCE–500 CE
• The Indus Valley
• Han Dynasty
Central and East Asia, 500–1500
• Dynastic China
• Mongol Empire
• Heian Japan
The World at War, 1914–1945
• 1920s America
• Japanese Internment
Ancient Greece, 2000–30 BCE
• Minoan Civilization
• Mycenaean Culture
• Athens and Sparta
The Middle Ages, 500–1500
• Carolingian Europe
• Viking Age
• Medieval Europe
• Black Death
The Cold War Era, 1945–1991
• Soviet Union
• 20th Century India
• 20th Century Japan
• 20th Century Latin America
• Europe in the 20th Century
Ancient Rome, 1000 BCE–500 CE
• Roman Empire
The Emergence of Modern Europe, 1500–1700
• Reformation
• Elizabethan England
• Renaissance Europe
• Spanish Inquisition
A New Millennium, 1991–present
• Contemporary America
• China in the 21st Century
• Modern Russia
• Modern Vietnam
• Islam in the Modern World
The Byzantine Empire and Russia, 300–1500 CE
• Byzantine Empire
• Kievan Rus
The World Beyond Europe, 1500–1776
• Age of Sail
• North America in the Age of Discovery
• Mesoamerica and South America in the Age of Discovery
• Plains Indian World
• Colonial North America
• Colonial Latin America
• British and Dutch Africa
The Islamic World, 600–1500 CE
• Early Muslim World
• Ottoman Empire
The Age of Reason and Revolutions, 1700–1800
• Enlightenment Europe
• 18th Century England
• Revolutionary America




"ABC-CLIO's Daily Life through History database does a fine job of elucidating similarities and differences across time. . . .This easily searchable compilation of more than 75 Greenwood reference works offers a wide range of historical information that would certainly augment classroom lessons on any of the historical eras covered. Best used as a teacher-directed resource initially, this multifaceted database is a sound addition to high-school and college libraries."AEP

"Daily Life through History is an affordable, incomparable tool for high school and undergraduate students needing broad overviews of historical eras. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower- and upper-level undergraduates; general audience."Choice


2019 Silver Award — Modern Library Awards



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