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World History

Ancient and Medieval Eras (Academic)

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

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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 a comprehensive survey of early human history around the world, from prehistoric times to the beginnings of the Renaissance. Reference content is organized by both place and time and includes narrative historical accounts; profiles of city-states, countries, and regions of the ancient world; and detailed overviews of religions, cultural practices, conflicts, and more. In original journal articles, prominent historians consider the mysteries of our world’s past as well as the political and cultural themes throughout history that continue to warrant scholarly investigation today.


  • More than 6,000 reference entries, including approximately 1,800 biographies of important figures such as Alexander the Great, Confucius, William the Conqueror, and Eleanor of Aquitaine
  • Detailed explorations of roughly 75 distinct eras, such as The Roman Republic, The Han Dynasty, The Rise of the Ottomans, and The Italian Renaissance
  • More than 5,000 primary sources and images, including key documents and images of significant individuals, artifacts, and buildings
  • Nearly 30 vetted essays from scholars such as Bob Brier, Garrett G. Fagan, and Stuart Tyson Smith that tackle historical controversies such as “Was the Egyptian pharaoh Akhenaton a monotheist?" and "Were the Americas settled by migration over a land bridge between Siberia and Alaska?"
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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


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



"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



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