Welcome to World History Now, an online program for studying the story of our planet, its peoples and cultures.
Are you moving
at light speed into the 21st century and wondering why your textbooks are still
as heavy as furniture? Wouldn't it
make sense for a history book to be as easy to access onscreen as your music,
your friends, and your world? World
History Now is a complete online program that gives you the freedom to explore
and learn an essential subject in your own way, at your own speed – through
interactive texts, primary documents, images, maps, video and music clips, and
constantly updated links to the vast historical, geographical and cultural
treasure-house that is the Internet. See
and experience how the world moved from prehistory to the present and get a
preview of the future!
For Parents and Teachers
Now is aligned to California and other U.S. state history content standards for
middle and high schools. Students
anticipating Advanced Placement study will benefit from the more advanced
features in the text. Students
looking to engage history in a new way will be challenged and supported by a new
integration of important facts, themes, and connections.
Through the online format, students can learn in familiar ways and can
also step aside and pursue particular topics in a connected way.
Self-testing features help identify areas of knowledge and comprehension
that need reinforcement.
INTRODUCTION: History and Humanity
How history reflects human
nature and experience – and why we should study it.
UNIT I: Pre-History and the Ancient World
we began and what we owe to those who started it all.
UNIT 2: Consolidation and Expansion: The Classical World
we were shaped by the first efforts to understand and unite the world.
UNIT 3: Civilizations in Transition: The Medieval World
people turned inward and then began to learn more from each other.
UNIT 4: Civilizations in Revolution and Confrontation: Beginnings of the Early Modern World
How interactions across cultures and continents reshaped human conceptions of the world.
UNIT 5: Consolidation and Expansion of the Modern World
UNIT 6: The Modern World in Crisis: Birth Pangs of a New Global Civilization