World History Collection, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1625135122
  • ISBN-13: 9781625135124
  • Grade Level Range: 6th Grade - 12th Grade
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  • Original Copyright 2014 | Published/Released August 2016
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2014

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Beginning with the ancient civilizations, this collection recounts the people, places, and events that have shaped the history of countries around the world, including the pivotal turning points that changed its course.

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Key Figures of the Korean War  (ISBN-10: 1680480626 | ISBN-13: 9781680480627)

Key Figures of the Korean War, a part of the Biographies of War series, presents short biographies of key participants in the Korean War.

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Key Figures of World War I  (ISBN-10: 1680480561 | ISBN-13: 9781680480566)

Key Figures of World War I, a part of the Biographies of War series, presents short biographies of key participants in World War I.

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Key Figures of the Vietnam War  (ISBN-10: 1680480642 | ISBN-13: 9781680480641)

Key Figures of the Vietnam War, a part of the Biographies of War series, presents short biographies of key participants in the Vietnam War.

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Key Figures of the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan  (ISBN-10: 1680480685 | ISBN-13: 9781680480689)

Key Figures of the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, a part of the Biographies of War series, presents short biographies of key participants in the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Key Figures of World War II  (ISBN-10: 1680480596 | ISBN-13: 9781680480597)

Key Figures of World War II, a part of the Biographies of War series, presents short biographies of key participants in World War II.

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The French Revolution, Napoleon, and the Republic: Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité  (ISBN-10: 1680480251 | ISBN-13: 9781680480252)

The French Revolution, Napoleon, and the Republic: Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité, part of The Age of Revolution series, discusses the events that led up to and were part of the French Revolution, Napoleon's rise to power and the emergence of the French Republic.

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The American Revolution  (ISBN-10: 1680480227 | ISBN-13: 9781680480221)

The American Revolution, part of The Age of Revolution series, discusses the events that led up to and were part of the American Revolution.

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The Russian Revolution: The Fall of the Tsars and the Rise of Communism  (ISBN-10: 1680480340 | ISBN-13: 9781680480344)

The Russian Revolution: The Fall of the Tsars and the Rise of Communism, part of The Age of Revolution series, discusses the events that led up to and were part of the Russian Revolution.

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The Industrial Revolution  (ISBN-10: 1680480286 | ISBN-13: 9781680480283)

The Industrial Revolution, part of The Age of Revolution series, discusses the events that led up to and were part of the Industrial Revolution.

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Revolution and Independence in Latin America  (ISBN-10: 1680480316 | ISBN-13: 9781680480313)

Revolution and Independence in Latin America, part of The Age of Revolution series, introduces the reader to the complex set of issues and events that are associated with revolutions and revolutionary action in Latin America.

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The Age of Exploration: From Christopher Columbus to Ferdinand Magellan  (ISBN-10: 1622750233 | ISBN-13: 9781622750238)

The Age of Exploration, which spanned roughly from 1400 to 1550, was the first time in history that European powers—eyeing new trade routes to the East or seeking to establish empires—began actively looking far past their own borders to gain a better understanding of the world and its many resources. The individuals who set out on behalf of the countries they represented came from a variety of backgrounds, and included master navigators such as Christopher Columbus and Ferdinand Magellan—the latter of whom was the first to circle the globe—as well as the often ruthless conquistadors of the New World such as Francisco Pizarro and Hernan Cortes. The exciting and sometimes tragic lives and journeys of these and many others as well as the battles for empire that arose are chronicled in this engaging volume.

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Explorers in the 20th and 21st Centuries: From Auguste Piccard to James Cameron  (ISBN-10: 162275025X | ISBN-13: 9781622750252)

Technological advances—including pressurized cabins for hot air balloons, rocketry that powers spacecraft, and deep-sea diving gear—have changed the face of exploration. What hasn’t changed since ancient times, however, is the bravery and inquisitiveness of intrepid individuals at the forefront of modern-day exploration and adventure. Those who have challenged conventional thinking, and sought to test physical limits of human endurance in the 20th and 21st centuries are the subjects of this exciting collection of biographies.

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Explorers of Antiquity: From Alexander the Great to Marco Polo  (ISBN-10: 1622750276 | ISBN-13: 9781622750276)

Crossing geographic and cultural boundaries at a time when much of the world remained uncharted was a challenge faced by ancient explorers. Long before the Golden Age of Exploration, an assortment of travellers ventured into the unknown, uncovering untapped riches of land and resources in the process. Readers will become familiar with the lives and journeys of these early explorers, whose number included dauntless leaders—Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, and Genghis Khan—who sought to establish vast empires and enterprising merchants such as Marco Polo.

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Explorers of the Late Renaissance and the Enlightenment: From Sir Francis Drake to Mungo Park  (ISBN-10: 1622750292 | ISBN-13: 9781622750290)

As the Age of Exploration came to a close, the world seemed to be a significantly smaller place than it once was, with more major landmasses identified on the global map. Yet questions and unknowns remained and details had yet to be filled in. Armed with greater knowledge and better equipment than their predecessors, explorers in the late Renaissance and Enlightenment eras took up the reins, with some discovering new routes and lands still while others carefully surveyed or settled lands already known. This lively volume details the lives of such individuals as Henry Hudson, Vitus Bering, James Cook, and Daniel Boone, among many others, as well as the explorations and discoveries of which they were a part.

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Nineteenth-Century Explorers: From Lewis and Clark to David Livingstone  (ISBN-10: 1622750314 | ISBN-13: 9781622750313)

Although the once-fuzzy outlines of the global map had largely been defined by the 19th century, much had yet to be learned. As some explorers continued to search either for resources or for unknown regions, others increasingly embraced a new kind of discovery—that of scientific knowledge. Readers will journey alongside a host of notable explorers, accompanying Lewis and Clark on their famous expedition—during which they both charted much of the United States and identified 178 new plants—and marvelling at Charles Darwin’s revolutionary findings in the Galapagos Islands. Their explorations and many others are chronicled within these pages.

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Afghanistan  (ISBN-10: 1625133189 | ISBN-13: 9781625133182)

In Afghanistan , part of the Changing World series, students learn that Afghanistan is one of the least economically developed countries in the world. The economy is based on agriculture, but much of the land suitable for farming has been damaged by drought, deforestation, and war.

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Iran  (ISBN-10: 1625133197 | ISBN-13: 9781625133199)

In Iran , part of the Changing World series, students learn that Iran, formerly known as Persia, is one of the world's oldest civilizations. Since the revolution in 1979, Iran has been governed as an Islamic Republic with an ayatollah, or Shia religious leader, as its supreme ruler. This has led to profound changes and tensions in Iranian society.

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Israel  (ISBN-10: 1625133200 | ISBN-13: 9781625133205)

In Israel , part of the Changing World series, students learn since its foundation in 1948, Israel has undergone dramatic changes. As a Jewish state it has welcomed Jews from all over the world, leading to an eight fold increase in its population. This has benefited the Israeli economy and given Israel a rich and diverse culture, but has also brought challenges.

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Pakistan  (ISBN-10: 1625133219 | ISBN-13: 9781625133212)

In Pakistan , part of the Changing World series, students learn that Pakistan occupies a very important strategic position on the world map and has been shaped by its relations with its neighbors and other powerful nations. It is a country where extremism competes with moderation in terms of climate, geography, religion, politics, wealth, and poverty.

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Russia  (ISBN-10: 1625133227 | ISBN-13: 9781625133229)

In Russia , part of the Changing World series, students learn that Russia is the largest country in the world and its natural resources make it one of the richest. It has experienced enormous political, social, and economic upheaval during the last century, and as a result, Russia faces many challenges.

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Austria, Croatia, and Slovenia  (ISBN-10: 1615309772 | ISBN-13: 9781615309771)

Although vastly different in many ways, Austria, Croatia, and Slovenia together form the heart of Central Europe. Austria has historically been much more visible in European politics than either Croatia or Slovenia, but as with the latter two, it has also been a part of various alliances over the centuries. Despite that, however, all three have retained their own sense of national identity through it all, weathering the fall of Austria-Hungary, both World Wars, the collapse of Yugoslavia, and entry to the European Union over the course of one hundred years. This comprehensive volume traces the evolution of these countries, from their earliest civilizations to the present day.

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Belgium, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands  (ISBN-10: 1615309799 | ISBN-13: 9781615309795)

Despite being known as the Low Countries, Belgium, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands are far from insignificant. The Benelux Economic Union, which sought economic integration between the three countries, in fact served as the model for the European Union. Additionally, each of the three boasts rich histories, and what they lack in size or population, they make up for in thriving cultural climates. This absorbing volume pays each country its due, surveying the lands, societies, traditions, and histories that have elevated the Low Countries on the world stage.

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France  (ISBN-10: 1615309810 | ISBN-13: 9781615309818)

France’s cultural and historical legacies are numerous and diverse. It has long played a dominant role on the world stage, and as one of the largest countries of the European Union, its global influence shows no signs of dying down. But despite its cultural, economic, governmental, and historical achievements, France has experienced trials and tribulations, perhaps most memorably during the French Revolution, but throughout history as well. This comprehensive volume surveys France’s assorted regions, its renowned traditions, the individuals and peoples that have led it to greatness, and the struggles and successes of its past and present.

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Germany  (ISBN-10: 1615309837 | ISBN-13: 9781615309832)

Germany’s complex past is riddled with both stunning triumphs and staggering failures. Once little more than a federation of tribes, over the course of its history, it formed various alliances, some of which were broken while others survived and allowed Germany to become a significant power in Europe and the world. And although a sense of German national identity was centuries in the making, folk traditions, regional culture, and a robust intellectual tradition have endured throughout the ages and produced world-famous musicians, artists, and writers. Still, Germany’s roles in both World Wars remains a significant—and appalling—part of its history. This all-encompassing volume profiles Germany from antiquity to the present day, examining its layered past, including its transition from a world power to a divided state and the major economic strides it has made since unification.

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Cyprus, Greece, and Malta  (ISBN-10: 1615309853 | ISBN-13: 9781615309856)

For centuries islands of the Mediterranean served as a cultural crossroads, with the Phoenicians, Romans, and Arabs variously settling and colonizing the area. Cyprus, Greece, and Malta in particular were subject to the influence of foreign powers, and remained so for much of their histories. Today, each has gained its independence and gone on to become an active member of the European Union. This lively volume examines the historical events that shaped these EU countries, as well as the cultural traditions of the diverse societies that call them home.

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Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia  (ISBN-10: 161530987X | ISBN-13: 9781615309870)

Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia share a remarkably similar trajectory on their individual paths to becoming the nations they are today. Each had ties to the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires in earlier times, all became Eastern-bloc countries in the 20th century, and all successfully emerged from Communist rule in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. These multi-layered lands—where folk traditions still exist alongside the hallmarks of modern life and the remnants of communist rule—are the subjects of this sweeping tome.

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Italy  (ISBN-10: 1615309896 | ISBN-13: 9781615309894)

It is almost impossible to think about Italy without recalling its Renaissance art masterpieces, its spectacular landscapes, or its widely loved cuisine. Although these combined elements hint at a united Italian culture, Italy is truly a country comprised of individual regions, each with their own identities, histories, and traditions. Readers will follow Italy’s trajectory from a land of disparate barbarian kingdoms to a republic, discovering along the way the glories of the Medici period, the factors influencing Italy’s development into one of the world’s most industrialized countries, and the diverse society that makes up its population.

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Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland  (ISBN-10: 1615309918 | ISBN-13: 9781615309917)

After emerging from the long shadow cast by the Soviet Union, the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania and neighboring Poland transitioned from communism to market economies and instituted democratic reforms in a remarkably short time. Although each continues to contend with various economic and political issues, their successes have allowed them to become some of the few former Eastern bloc states to join the European Union. The journeys each country has made—from antiquity to the present—and the remarkable peoples and cultures that make their populations are the subjects of this captivating volume.

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Portugal and Spain  (ISBN-10: 1615309934 | ISBN-13: 9781615309931)

As neighbors and early rival nations, Portugal and Spain have been associated for much of their histories. Yet despite their geographic proximity on the Iberian Peninsula and shared past, each boasts distinct social, cultural, and economic identities. Readers will examine the evolution of each country, witnessing the rise of their earliest civilizations, their dramatic rivalry during the Age of Discovery, their days as empire-builders, their struggles through authoritarian regimes, and their emergence as independent nations and members of the European Union.

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Denmark, Finland, and Sweden  (ISBN-10: 1615309950 | ISBN-13: 9781615309955)

The Nordic region of northern Europe is indelibly linked in the minds of many with the Viking cultures that populated the area eons ago. Yet, as this intricate study of Denmark, Finland, and Sweden attests, there’s so much more to the story than that. These nations have emerged from the long shadow of their early days in the Viking era to become vibrant societies with proud traditions, distinct customs, and promising futures. Readers will learn about the land, people, governments, and economies of these fascinating countries, and examine the historical paths each took to achieve the successes they enjoy in the modern age.

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