World History
Ancient and Medieval Eras (Academic)
September 2010, ABC-CLIO, ABC-CLIO Databases

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World History: Ancient and Medieval Eras takes researchers through time from antiquity to the 16th century and around the globe from the Islamic world to the Americas, all through an unmatched collection of primary and secondary sources.

World History: Ancient and Medieval Eras provides students with an in-depth survey of early human history around the world, from prehistoric times to the beginning of the Renaissance. Students gain both key foundational knowledge and strengthen more advanced research and critical thinking skills with this comprehensive collection of nearly 7,000 reference articles, more than 5,000 primary sources and images, and additional scholarly works exploring key themes and controversial topics in all ancient and medieval eras.


2019 Silver Award—Modern Library Awards, January 31, 2019


"World History’s handsome but straightforward interface permits casual visitors to begin by exploring the featured era displayed on the main page. . . . This resource gives fresh life to valuable reference content from ABC-CLIO and Greenwood Publishing. More importantly, it provides college students with a starting point from which to launch a research project on the history, prominent figures, movements, and key concepts of ancient Greece, ancient Rome, and other eras up to the beginning of the Renaissance. By wrapping the results of each search in much deeper historical context, the database stimulates a far broader appreciation of historical events. The discussion questions associated with each overview highlight the resource’s value as a teaching tool, and finally, the inclusion of in-depth scholarly dialog effectively conveys the notion that history is not just an accumulation of ancient facts but a complex account of human interaction that will always be subject to interpretation and re-interpretation. " —Library Journal, October 1, 2012


Prehistory, Beginnings to 1000 BCE
• The Paleolithic and Mesolithic Periods
• The Neolithic Revolution
• The Emergence of Civilizations
Ancient Rome, 1000 BCE–500 CE
• The Roman Republic
• The Height of the Roman Empire
• The Decline and Fall of Rome
The Americas, 3000 BCE–1500 CE
• North America
• Mesoamerica
• South America
Egypt and the Near East, 3200–500 BCE
• Ancient Egypt
• The Ancient Near East
The Byzantine Empire and Russia, 300–1500 CE
• The Byzantine Empire
• The Emergence of Russia
Central and East Asia, 500–1500 CE
• Chinese Dynasties: Tang, Song, and Ming
• The Mongol Empire
• Japan and Korea
• Southeast Asia
Ancient Asia, 3000 BCE–500 CE
• Early Civilizations in Asia
• The Mauryan and Gupta Empires of India
• Chinese Dynasties: Zhou, Qin, and Han
• Buddhism and Hinduism
The Islamic World, 600–1500 CE
• Muhammad and the Spread of Islam
• The Ottoman Empire
Medieval Europe, 500–1500 CE
• The Early Middle Ages
• The High Middle Age
• The Late Middle Ages and Early Renaissance
Ancient Greece, 2000–30 BCE
• The Early Aegean Age
• The Classical Age
• The Hellenistic Age
Africa, 3000 BCE–1500 CE
• Early Africa
• Western Kingdoms
• Trading Cultures and City–States

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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.

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