Modern World History presents the full scope of world history from the Mid-15th Century to the present

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Modern World History offers a comprehensive look at world history from the mid-15th century to the present. Thousands of subject entries, biographies, images, videos and slideshows, maps and graphs, primary sources, and timelines combine to provide a detailed and comparative view of the people, places, events, and ideas that have defined modern world history.

Focused Topic Centers pull forward interesting entries, search terms, documents, and maps handpicked by our editors to help users find a starting point for their research, as well as videos and slideshow overviews to offer a visual introduction to key eras and regions.

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  • Editorially curated topic centers feature content on different eras and themes of history, including articles, shareable slideshows, videos, primary sources, and more – providing a starting point for research
  • Thousands of primary sources, many with introductions that provide context and background
  • Videos, images, maps and slideshows
  • Biographies of enlightened thinkers, women in world history, Renaissance painters, and dictators and tyrants
  • Editorially selected pro/con articles on hundreds of controversies in history, enabling students to grasp the essence and importance of every conflict and the reasons people debated them
  • Overview essays giving extensive background on relevant historical topics and eras
  • Book chapters from authoritative print titles written by notable historians
  • Authoritative source list of the expertly researched and written content in the database
  • Curriculum tools featuring writing and research tips for students and educators

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Access is available via IP Authentication, Referring URL, Shibboleth, Username and Password, and Single Sign-On with Google or Microsoft.

To find out more about how the different access options work please see our General Access Information.

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