Book IV of the Story of the World series covers from 1745, a few years before the American Revolution, until the battle of Waterloo in 1815. The narrative focuses on the age of empire and world colonization. The histories of European colonies in America, Australia, South Africa, and India are related. Also covered are the Revolution in America, the French Revolution, and campaigns of Napoleon. The sample below offers the Table of Contents and nine of the 47 chapters.