Events that formed the modern world; from the European Renaissance through the War on Terror; 5v.
Ed. by Frank W. Thackeray and John E. Findling.

This five-volume set is organized in an interesting manner and was prepared in response to the editors' classroom observations that students need a resource that provides a solid frame of reference for historical understanding. Written for general readers and undergraduate college-level students, each volume focuses on 12 events within a specific period: from the European Renaissance through the 16th century (v.1); the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries (v. 2, 3, and 4, respectively); and from 1900 through the War on Terror (v.5). Each event (a total of 60) is treated in its own chapter and includes an introductory factual essay and a longer interpretive essay exploring ramifications and context. Each chapter is topically subdivided. For example the chapter on the rise of fascism (1919-1945) includes the following subtopics: Neville Chamberlain, Francisco Franco, Sir Oswald Mosley, Benito Mussolini, and the Spanish Civil War. Also included are documents or excerpts and an annotated bibliography. The volumes are individually indexed and include relevant appendixes. The two editors, Frank W. Thackeray and John E. Findling, are both emeritus, history, Indiana U. Southeast. ( Book News, Inc., Portland, OR)

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