This six-volume set is a compilation and revision of the Great Events from History series, previously published by Salem Press. This new set contains 288 articles pertaining to events that shaped the Western world from 1750 B.C. to 1992, whereas the previous "Ancient & Medieval" set (1972) and "Modern European" set (1973) covered events from 4000 B.C. to 1969. The format for each article remains the same and includes type of event, time, locale, principal personages, summary of the event, pertinent literature, and additional recommended readings
Every signed article and literature critique is written by a history professor and contains a summary that runs two to three pages. Each article also contains summaries of two important books on the topic that run 600-800 words each. Many of these articles are unchanged from the original series and do not include any recent literature in the bibliographies. Several events were dropped from the original series, some new articles covering events before 1969 were added, and all events from 1970 to 1992 are new to this series. Some of the new events include the Chernobyl disaster, the reuniting of East and West Germany, the dissolution of the Soviet Union, and civil war in Yugoslavia
The print is smaller than in the earlier edition, but the layout is still easy to read, and information easy to find. Volume 6 contains the cumulative indexes listing the events alphabetically, by keywords, by categories (diplomatic, political, military, etc.), and by principal personages, and each volume contains a chronological index for the entire set
The concept of summarizing historical events and making them understandable to high school and undergraduate students by placing them in a chronological context gives value to these books as research tools. The easily read summaries give students necessary background information, and the lists of principal personages are a good starting point for further research.