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World History

The Modern Era (Academic)

by David Tipton, Lee Eysturlid, Rob Kiely, and Peter Stearns, Editors

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For student researchers seeking to analyze contemporary geopolitical relationships and contextualize current events, World History: The Modern Era is an unmatched source for authoritative and insightful coverage of global history since the 16th century.

World History: The Modern Era chronicles influential world events and developments since the 16th century to support research and analysis of global trends, causal relationships, and current conflicts. Reference material covers a broad range of topics in their deserved depth, including 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 international discord and cooperation. Roundtable discussions feature academic perspectives on enduring questions ranging from the causes for the Protestant Reformation to the reasons for the collapse of the Berlin Wall, while an expert advisory board vets all content to ensure credibility and currency.


  • More than 9,000 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 such as T. E. Lawrence during the Arab uprising in 1917
  • Nearly 75 peer-reviewed essays by accomplished scholars such as Frank W. Thackeray, Priscilla Mary Roberts, and Jessica M. Chapman that explore questions such as "Was Marxism the motivating factor behind the Russian Revolution?" and "Was the Congress of Vienna a success?"
  • Detailed explorations of roughly 70 distinct eras, such as the Spread of Protestantism, Napoleon's Empire, The Unification of Italy, and The Fall of the Soviet Union
  • Thousands of primary and secondary sources, including illustrations of people, places, and events; book excerpts and quotations; specialized maps; and more
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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.
Topic Centers


The Emergence of Modern Europe, 1500–1700
• Reformation and Counter-Reformation
• The Flowering of the Renaissance
• The Rise of Absolutism
• The Scientific Revolution
Spheres of Influence, 1776–1914
• The Scramble for Africa
• The Americas and the Caribbean
• East Asia and the Pacific
• South Asia and the Middle East
The Cold War, 1945–1991
• Tension in the Post–War World
• Crises, Confrontation, and Détente
• The End of the Cold War
The World Beyond Europe, 1500–1776
• African Empires
• East Asia
• South Asian and Middle Eastern Empires
• The New World
The Rise of Nationalism, 1815–1914
• The Consolidation of Modern Nation–States
• The Social Revolution
• A Cultural Revival
A New Millennium, 1991–present
• The Post-Cold War World
• The 21st Century
The Age of Reason, 1700–1800
• The Enlightenment
• Early Industrialization
The Power of the Industrial Revolution, 1800–1914
• Breakthroughs in Science
• A Growing Market Economy
• The Spread of Transportation
• The Rise of Urbanization
A Time of Revolutions, 1776–1825
• French Revolution and the Napoleonic Era
• Latin American Revolutions
The World at War, 1914–1945
• World War I
• The Interwar Years
• World War II



"World History: The Modern Era, one of a series of similar, continuously updated historical databases from ABC-CLIO, is a comprehensive reference tool. Summing Up: Recommended."—Choice



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