Pearl Harbor

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What are the defining characteristics of the sprawling era known as the Middle Ages? What sets ancient Egypt apart from other ancient civilizations? And what is the legacy of the twentieth-century genocide known as the Holocaust? These are some of the ideas explored in Understanding World History, a series that surveys the political, social, and cultural trends of major periods and events in world history. Primary and secondary source quotes bring historical events to life. Source notes, a bibliography for ...

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Overview

What are the defining characteristics of the sprawling era known as the Middle Ages? What sets ancient Egypt apart from other ancient civilizations? And what is the legacy of the twentieth-century genocide known as the Holocaust? These are some of the ideas explored in Understanding World History, a series that surveys the political, social, and cultural trends of major periods and events in world history. Primary and secondary source quotes bring historical events to life. Source notes, a bibliography for further research, and index provide additional tools for student researchers.

Other titles in the series include:

Ancient Egypt

Ancient Greece

Ancient Rome

The Black Death

The Decade of the 2000s

The Digital Age

The Early Middle Ages

Elizabethan England

The Holocaust

The Late Middle Ages

The Renaissance

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 6–10—Each volume of the textbooklike series begins with the same foreword, expounding bombastically on varying views of history, from the Puritans' "city upon a hill" to nihilism, before stating its intent that students understand the present by examining the past. This is followed by a pithy time line of pivotal events for the title's topic before an introduction that lays out the basic facts or defining characteristics. The first four chapters chronicle the event or era in fairly dense text using primary and secondary sources and quotes (cited in endnotes), while chapter five examines the modern-day impact and legacy. Captioned photos and paintings appear occasionally, while sidebars providing further detail on certain ideas occur more frequently. Maps and diagrams are large and colorful but many are lacking clarifying information; in Pearl Harbor, a map titled "Japanese Expansion 1895ndash-1938" only shows which areas of East Asia were controlled by the Japanese, French, U.S., and British, but there is no illustration of how the expansion grew over the time frame. A list of important people, suggestions for further reading, and a research-worthy index are included. While this series does not cover new ground, Digital Age is worth purchasing, as it is very current; the other volumes could be considered to fill holes in middle and high school collections.—Rebecca Dash Donsky, New York Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781601524867
  • Publisher: ReferencePoint Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/2013
  • Series: Understanding World History Series
  • Pages: 96
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 6

Important Events in the Attack on Pearl Harbor 8

Introduction: Pearl Harbor's Place in World History 10

Chapter 1 What Led to the Attack on Pearl Harbor? 14

Chapter 2 The Buildup to War 28

Chapter 3 The Attack 41

Chapter 4 The Aftermath 54

Chapter 5 What Is the Legacy of the Pearl Harbor Attack? 68

Source Notes 84

Important People in the Attack on Pearl Harbor 88

For Further Research 89

Index 91

Picture Credits 95

About the Author 96

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