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. * 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
Alfred J. Andrea, PhD, is professor emeritus of world history at the University of Vermont, Burlington, VT. His published works include Contemporary Sources for the Fourth Crusade and The Human Record: Sources of Global History. Carolyn Neel, PhD, is project editor for ABC-CLIO and teaches web courses for Arkansas Tech University, Russellville, AR. Mark Aldenderfer, PhD, is dean, School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts at the University of California, Merced, CA. Wilfred J. Bisson, PhD, is professor emeritus, Keene State College, Keene, NH. D. Harland Hagler, PhD, is associate professor and assistant chair of the History Department at the University of North Texas, Denton, TX. Kevin M. McGeough, PhD, is assistant professor of archaeology at the University of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. William E. Mierse, PhD, is professor of art history and classics at the University of Vermont, Burlington, VT. Alexander Mikaberidze, PhD, is assistant professor of European history in the department of history and social sciences, Louisiana State University in Shreveport, LA. Dane A. Morrison, PhD, is professor of early American history and former chair of the Department of History at Salem State College in Salem, MA. Fred Nadis, PhD, is project editor for ABC-CLIO. His published works include Wonder Shows: Performing Science, Magic, and Religion in America as well as articles and essays in numerous publications, including the Atlantic Monthly. James H. Overfield, PhD, is professor emeritus of history and past chair of the Department of History at the University of Vermont in Burlington, VT. H. Micheal Tarver, PhD, is dean, College of Arts and Humanities at Arkansas Tech University in Russellville, AR, and a member of the Grupo de Analisis Socio-Politico de Venezuela at the Universidad de Los Andes in Merida, Venezuela. Jack Waskey, PhD, is professor of social science in the Department of Social Science, Dalton State College, Dalton, GA.