The History of the Modern World: From 1900 to the Present Day

The History of the Modern World: From 1900 to the Present Day

by Terry Burrows
     
 

The History of the Modern World is a concise yet comprehensive overview of the years from 1900 to the present, chronicled in a treasure trove of over 1,000 striking images and authoritative text. From the death of Queen Victoria and two World Wars to the World Trade Center attack, the election of Barack Obama, and the pageantry of Britain's recent royal weddingSee more details below

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The History of the Modern World is a concise yet comprehensive overview of the years from 1900 to the present, chronicled in a treasure trove of over 1,000 striking images and authoritative text. From the death of Queen Victoria and two World Wars to the World Trade Center attack, the election of Barack Obama, and the pageantry of Britain's recent royal wedding, here are the major events, technological advances, and people that shaped the world.

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Library Journal
Five years after its prior iteration, called The Visual History of the Modern World, this hefty volume covers key historical moments between 1900 and 2012. Decade increments receive a brief overview and most years are awarded two or three spreads with three to five black-and-white photographs per spread. Some years (e.g., the late 1960s; 1997, when Princess Diana died; 2001) are covered in a fourth spread. Sidebars (not indexed) list significant events each month. This non-scholarly history gives more attention to the West, and specifically to Britain and the United States, than to any other region, though U.S. readers may be surprised to learn that television was invented by a Scot. This is a history of events, not ideas; there are articles on Rudolph Valentino, Harry Houdini, Pelé, and the Millennium Dome, but none on, for example, Albert Camus, Alan Turing, Sayyid Qutb, or Abdul Qadeer Khan. Cultural and pop-cultural milestones are prominent: England's 1966 World Cup win gets more space than Apollo 13, and coverage of Kurt Cobain's death occupies space equal to that of the UN in Bosnia. VERDICT This volume is informal and selective but accurate, and its layout could be helpful for students seeking a time line. —Patricia Lothrop, St. George's Sch., Newport, RI

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781780971834
Publisher:
Carlton Books
Publication date:
10/02/2012
Pages:
640
Sales rank:
492,171
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.80(d)

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