Issues & Controversies in History provides comprehensive coverage of the key issues and great debates in history


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Issues & Controversies in History  places students at the center of the great debates and conflicts in world history, exploring the issues as the key players saw them, or, in some cases, as historians have interpreted them. Formerly known as Issues & Controversies in American History, this comprehensive reference database has been expanded to cover every region of the world from antiquity to the present. It delivers dynamic, concise, and balanced coverage of a broad range of topics, from slavery, empire, and revolution to race, gender, economy, and disease, all over the globe. Plus, the redesigned home page brings the core content to the forefront, with a fully responsive design, easier navigation, and a cleaner presentation.

Issues & Controversies in History is a powerful tool for helping students analyse primary sources, answer document-based questions, and prepare for history debates and research projects.

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  • Over 2,400 primary source documents, timelines, background articles, biographies, editorial cartoons, and more
  • Articles are divided into four sections: American History Eras, World History Eras, History Regions, and History Subjects
  • All articles are written by historians and experts, based on current scholarship
  • Selected articles feature a special “What if?” section that suggests what could have happened had Americans chosen differently
  • Topic-specific timelines – filterable by era, region, and subject – help students follow the major historical events and trends of a topic chronologically
  • Array of educator support material such as: printable handouts, ‘Extend the Lesson’sections, discussion questions and self assessments with answer keys, plus learning objectives, academic standards, procedures, and resources
  • “U.S. Presidential Elections” section provides background and results of every US presidential election since 1789, including voting statistics, biographies, and links to related topics

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