An unprecedented undertaking by academics reflecting an extraordinary vision of world history, this landmark multivolume encyclopedia focuses on specific themes of human development across cultures era by era, providing the most in-depth, expansive presentation available of the development of humanity from a global perspective. Well-known and widely respected historians worked together to create and guide the project in order to offer the most up-to-date visions available.
In order to broaden our perspective and gain the deeper understanding necessary to function effectively in today's global arena, we need to focus on "big picture" trends and phenomena—religion and philosophy, science and technology, political organization, art and culture, population changes, environmental interactions, human migrations—across many countries and regions, rather than dwelling on the dates and details of traditional country-based history. This is what study of world history in the 21st century requires—and what ABC-CLIO's World History Encyclopedia provides.
A monumental undertaking. A stunning academic achievement. ABC-CLIO's World History Encyclopedia is the first comprehensive work to take a large-scale thematic look at the human species worldwide. Comprised of 21 volumes covering 9 eras, an introductory volume, and an index, it charts the extraordinary journey of humankind, revealing crucial connections among civilizations in different regions through the ages.
Within each era, the encyclopedia highlights pivotal interactions and exchanges among cultures within eight broad thematic categories: population and environment, society and culture, migration and travel, politics and statecraft, economics and trade, conflict and cooperation, thought and religion, science and technology. Aligned to national history standards and packed with images, primary resources, current citations, and extensive teaching and learning support, the World History Encyclopedia gives students, educators, researchers, and interested general readers a means of navigating the broad sweep of history unlike any ever published.
• Contributions by a team of over 800 historians, anthropologists, sociologists, and other academics, focused on a world-based view of history, including well-known researchers as well as innovative newcomers who have made remarkable contributions. This multi-faceted approach offers a work that combines orthodox views with creative new perspectives
• Twenty-one volumes covering the breadth of human history, in nine eras: Beginnings of Human Society; Early Civilizations, 4000–1000 BCE; Classical Traditions, 1000 BCE–300 CE; Expanding Regional Civilizations, 300—1000; Intensified Hemispheric Interactions, 1000–1500; The First Global Age, 1450–1770; The Age of Revolutions, 1750–1914; Crisis and Achievement, 1900–1945; Promises and Paradoxes, 1945–Present
• General chronologies plotting large-scale changes in human organization, in areas such as population flow, technological development, and the evolution of social and political institutions
• Hundreds of images and maps, plus charts and bibliographies
• A wide range of primary source excerpts (some translated into English for the first time) giving students firsthand exposure to the raw materials of historical research
• No other reference offering a thematic presentation of world history provides such depth and breadth of coverage
• Designed to meet and exceed state and national standards, giving instructors, librarians, and curriculum specialists an innovative work of impeccable scholarship, reliable content, and practical utility
• Covers world history both chronologically and thematically, making it possible for researchers and students to take any number of paths through history
• Begins with an overview volume that describes the organization of the encyclopedia and introduces students to the methods, principles, and driving questions that motivate researchers in this field