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Originally published in 2000, this fully revised and updated edition contains more than 4000 A-to-Z entries on all aspects of world history, from prehistoric times to the present. Most entries are derived from the Encyclopedia of World History and the Oxford Paperback Encyclopedia of the "Oxford Illustrated Encyclopedia" series, and each ranges in length from a few sentences to roughly half a page. They cover significant individuals, historical events, country descriptions, and political and religious movements, among many other topics. Some entries highlight specialized topics (e.g., Dowager Cixi, a Chinese empress; EOKA, a Greek Cypriot political movement), while most others offer minimal information about major topics (e.g., World War I, Thomas Jefferson). New entries include "Osama bin Laden," "9/11," and the 2004 tsunami. Rounding out the work are 25 black-and-white maps.