World History: The Modern Era

World History: The Modern Era


World History: The Modern Era is the latest update of the reference standard of electronic history reference materials for high school and high-level middle school coursework.

World History: The Modern Era covers a broad range of topics in depth—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 conflicts and international cooperation. This comprehensive resource provides easy-to-navigate access to authoritative information for research purposes, brings history to life via a range of source materials, and helps students improve their information literacy skills. Organized chronologically and thematically, World History is correlated to the most current state and national standards, assessments, and textbooks, and supports a variety of learning styles and instructional approaches. In addition, the Analyze section is specifically designed to engage young minds and provide instructors with the necessary tools for lively, historical inquiry lessons. Whether used for research, as a study aid for test preparation, a source for enhancing lectures, or the sole content basis for a course, this database expands and completes any library collection.


  • Provides more than 7,300 primary sources of exceptional variety and authenticity, including Ronald Reagan's "Tear Down This Wall" speech; newsreel footage of the U.S. landing at Inchon, Korea; and photographs including T. E. Lawrence during the Arab uprising in 1917
  • The Perspectives section boosts critical thinking by challenging students to decide their viewpoint on questions such as "Was Ronald Reagan responsible for the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War? " and "Are the human and historical costs of building China's Three Gorges Dam justified?"
  • Includes more than 70 era explorations, such as the Spread of Protestantism, Napoleon's Empire, the Unification of Italy, and the Iron Curtain, enhanced with a number of interactive study and teaching tools


  • Provides in-depth coverage of the history of all regions of the world from 1500 to the present, aligned to the most recent curriculum guidelines
  • Includes thousands of primary and secondary sources, such as illustrations of people, places, and events; book excerpts and recorded interviews with key figures; specialized maps; and more
  • Combines curriculum and reference tools to maximize library resources and provide outstanding value