World History
The Modern Era
September 2001, ABC-CLIO, ABC-CLIO Databases

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World History: The Modern Era takes students on a journey through the movements, ideas, and revolutions that have shaped the modern world. Analyses of these political, social, and intellectual events that have defined our civilizatio can serve to turn students into global, informed citizens.

World History: The Modern Era provides for comprehensive study of the emergence of the modern world, covering the history of the world from 1500 to the present. Students will learn about the evolution of modern Europe since the Renaissance; concurrent developments in Asia, Africa, and the Islamic world; the global impact of the Industrial Revolution; revolutions in France and Latin America; imperialism; nationalism; World Wars I and II; growing global powers, and more.


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"World History provides a comprehensive and well-written treatment of key historical developments from 1500 to the present day ... delivers a broad spectrum of resources ... helpful tools allow teachers and librarians to create, save, and post customized research lists of selected articles, supplementary materials, and activities online."—Technology & Learning, April 1, 2003

"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, April 15, 2008

"The content in this database is well matched to academic needs for high school and high level middle school coursework."—Library Media Connection, November 1, 2008

"Since we purchased the ABC-CLIO Schools subscription websites, our library usage has grown tenfold. The library is packed these days! The depth and breadth of the websites is wonderful. Everything that students need—from country profiles to current images, maps, and documents—is in one place. And besides social studies teachers, foreign language teachers, and others use the websites too—some to plan curriculum. The library and social studies faculties are now working more closely together."—Joanne Hughes
Librarian/Technology Coordinator
Auburn Riverside High School
Auburn, WA

"After purchasing the websites, I participated in an online training session which was both convenient and informative! Now I quickly set up customized research lists for the students to direct them to discussion questions and review activities they can complete in the library. The students love all the visual primary sources, especially when they are making posters or brochures for class."—Terrie Crockwell
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Etiwanda, CA

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Grace E. Metz Middle School
Manassas, VA

"The Wayne School district has adopted a thematic curriculum for the teaching of World and US History. As a result of this curriculum shift, we have decided not to rely on a textbook as the primary instrument for instruction. In this age of digital technology, we have found that there are many wonderful digital resources that students and teachers can utilize to enrich the learning experience. One of the best is ABC-CLIO. We find their databases of information to be rich in primary source materials, their readings to be clear and concise, and their videos, graphs, and charts very engaging. Furthermore, the ABC-CLIO databases are easy to navigate for students and teachers. Searches are easily obtained including advance searches. ABC-CLIO even provides stimulating lessons and discussion points to further enhance the classroom experience. We are very happy with their product including their support services. I would recommend ABC-CLIO to any school district looking to move their curriculum into the 21st century." —Carmine J. Picardo, Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction, Wayne Public Schools


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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