Acts of terrorism plague the Middle East and Europe seemingly every day; civil war rages in Syria, forcing thousands to seek asylum; and the threat of nuclear weapons grows in East Asia. We live in a world in which conflicts are many and widespread, and have deep historical roots; though it may be impossible to fully understand the world as we know it, analysis of the political, social, and intellectual events and movements that have defined it can serve to turn students into informed global 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.
- Includes more than 70 era explorations, including those of the Spread of Protestantism, Napoleon's Empire, the Unification of Italy, the Meiji Restoration, and the Iron Curtain, complemented by a number of interactive study and teaching tools
- Houses more than 7,300 primary sources of exceptional authenticity, including Ronald Reagan's "Tear Down This Wall" speech; newsreel footage of the U.S. landing at Inchon, Korea; photographs including those of T. E. Lawrence during the Arab uprising in 1917; book excerpts and recorded interviews with notable figures; and maps depicting kingdoms, island regions, religious affiliations, and more
- Strengthens critical thinking skills by challenging students to meditate on questions such as "Was Ronald Reagan responsible for the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War?" and “To what extent have religious differences shaped the ongoing conflict in Kashmir?”
- Builds students’ contextual understanding of key concepts in modern history with more than 270 Course Essential Video modules recorded by master teachers and scholars
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"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."
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