World History
The Modern Era (Academic)
September 2010, ABC-CLIO, ABC-CLIO Databases

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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. Scholarly essays cover debates and topics 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.


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


"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, August 1, 2012


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

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