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World History Reference

No matter who you are, there are gaps in your knowledge of world history. Whether they're big ones (when did World War II take place? who were the Sassanids? what nationality was Genghis Khan?) or obscure ones (where did the ancients consider the seat of thought and emotion to be? who tried to find the Fountain of Youth in Florida? did Richard III kill his nephews?), filling those holes can only help your understanding of the big picture.

Reference works are easily the best way to do this. While you could just read every massive historical tome you can find, getting a compendium of information is much more time- and cost-effective, and more likely to yield the information you want. We carry overall guides, lists of resources (All Through the Ages is the best of these), encyclopedias, timelines, atlases, etc., covering both the spectrum of world history and specific periods.

Don't think these have to be strictly school-related books, either—facts have a fascination of their own, and both kiddos and adults can be drawn into a good reference book for hours. Some of these are beautifully illustrated and make excellent coffee table books, while others are hilarious, theme-related, or just plain interesting. Learning ought to be fun, and world history reference books are one of the best ways to make it so.

Review by C. Hollis Crossman
C. Hollis Crossman used to be a child. Now he is a husband and father, teaches adult Sunday school in his Presbyterian congregation, and likes weird stuff. He might be a mythical creature, but he's definitely not a centaur. Read more of his reviews here.
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A.D. - CD
by Various
from Vision Forum
for 8th-Adult
in World History Reference (Location: B02-01A)
Africa Is Not A Country
by Margy Burns Knight
unknown from Millbrook Press
for 1st-3rd grade
in Africa (Location: B02-05E)
Africa's Vanishing Wildlife
by Chris & Tilde Stuart
1st edition from Smithsonian Books
for 5th-10th grade
in Africa (Location: B02-05E)
All Through the Ages
by Christine Miller
3rd edition from Nothing New Press
World History Reference for All grades
in World History Reference (Location: B02-01A)
Ancient West African Kingdoms
History Opens Windows
by Jane Shuter
from Heinemann Educational Books
for 3rd-5th grade
in Africa (Location: B02-05E)
Ancient West African Kingdoms: Ghana, Mali, & Songhai
Understanding People In the Past
by Mary Quigley
from Heinemann Library
for 4th-6th grade
in Africa (Location: B02-05E)
Awakening of Europe
Story of the World Series #3
by M. B. Synge
from Yesterday's Classics
History Reference for 4th-8th grade
in Yesterday's Classics (Location: A11-02C)
B.C. - CD
by Various
from Vision Forum
for 8th-Adult
in World History Reference (Location: B02-01A)
Calendar Quest
by Jennifer Johnson Garrity
from Brimwood Press
for 4th-6th
in Tools for Young Historians (Location: B12-04C)
Color the Western World
by Marcia Harris Brim
from Brimwood Press
for 4th-8th grade
in Tools for Young Historians (Location: B12-04C)
Cultural Atlas for Young People: Africa
by Jocelyn Murray
3rd edition from Facts On File
African History Reference/Atlas for 4th-8th grade
in Africa (Location: B02-05E)
Discovery of New Worlds
Story of the World Series #2
by M. B. Synge
from Yesterday's Classics
History Reference for 4th-8th grade
in Yesterday's Classics (Location: A11-02C)
Exploring World History Literature Bundle
for 9th-12th grade
in World History Reference (Location: B02-01A)
Glorious Age in Africa
by Daniel Chu, Elliot Skinner
from Africa World Press, Inc.
for 5th-10th grade
in Africa (Location: B02-05E)
Growth of the British Empire
Story of the World Series #5
by M. B. Synge
from Yesterday's Classics
British History Reference for 4th-8th grade
in Yesterday's Classics (Location: A11-02C)
Guide to Egypt
by Michael March
from Highlights for Children
for 1st-6th grade
in Near & Middle East (Location: B02-05E)
Guide to South Africa
by Michael March
from Highlights for Children
for 1st-6th grade
in Africa (Location: B02-05E)
Guides to History Plus
by Kathryn Stout
from Design-A-Study
for All grades
in Design-A-Study (Location: B11-02A)
History of the World
by Plantagent Somerset Fry
from DK Publishing
for 5th-9th grade
in History Spines & Surveys (Location: B02-01D)
History of Western Music
HarperCollins College Outline
by Hugh M. Miller & Dale Cockrell
5th edition from HarperCollins
for 7th-12th grade
in Music History (Location: AMU-05C)
If You Were Me and Lived in...Kenya
A Child's Introduction to Culture around the World Volume 5
by Carole P. Roman
from CreateSpace
for 1st-3rd grade
in Africa (Location: B02-05E)
Illustrated Atlas of World History
by Ann Kramer, John Briquebec, Simon Adams
from Random House Books for Young Readers
for 4th-8th grade
in World History Reference (Location: B02-01A)
Journey Into Africa
by Ann M. Jansen
from GeoDeo Educational Resources
in Africa (Location: B02-05E)
Kenny Kwiz
by Kenny Abegglen
from Brimwood Press
for 4th-6th
in Tools for Young Historians (Location: B12-04C)
Kingfisher Young World Encyclopedia
by Larousse
from Larousse
for 4th-6th grade
in Encyclopedias (Location: ARF-02C)
Last 500 Years
by Fiona Chandler, Jane Bingham, Sam Taplin
from Usborne
for 4th-8th grade
in World History Reference (Location: B02-01A)
Last 500 Years
by Fiona Chandler, Jane Bingham, Sam Taplin
from Usborne
for 4th-8th grade
in World History Reference (Location: B02-01A)
Let the Authors Speak
by Carolyn Hatcher
Revised
for Kindergarten-12th grade
in World History Reference (Location: B02-01A)
Little History of the World
by E. H. Gombrich
from Yale University Press
for 6th-Adult
in World History Reference (Location: B02-01A)
Old Western Culture Year 1 DVD Set
by Wesley Callihan
from Roman Roads Media
for 9th-Adult
in Old Western Culture (Location: B18-06B)
Old Western Culture: The Greeks Volume 1
by Wesley Callihan
from Roman Roads Media
for 9th-Adult
in Old Western Culture (Location: B18-06B)
Old Western Culture: The Greeks Volume 1 - Workbook
by Wesley Callihan
1st edition from Roman Roads Media
for 9th-12th grade
in Old Western Culture (Location: B18-06B)
Old Western Culture: The Greeks Volume 2
by Wesley Callihan
from Roman Roads Media
for 9th-Adult
in Old Western Culture (Location: B18-06B)
Old Western Culture: The Greeks Volume 2 - Workbook
from Roman Roads Media
for 9th-12th grade
in Old Western Culture (Location: B18-06B)
Old Western Culture: The Greeks Volume 3
by Wesley Callihan
from Roman Roads Media
for 9th-Adult
in Old Western Culture (Location: B18-06B)
Old Western Culture: The Greeks Volume 3 - Workbook
from Roman Roads Media
for 9th-12th grade
in Old Western Culture (Location: B18-06B)
Old Western Culture: The Greeks Volume 4
by Wesley Callihan
from Roman Roads Media
for 9th-Adult
in Old Western Culture (Location: B18-06B)
Old Western Culture: The Greeks Volume 4 - Workbook
by Wesley Callihan
from Roman Roads Media
for 9th-12th grade
in Old Western Culture (Location: B18-06B)
Old Western Culture: The Romans Volume 1
by Wesley Callihan
from Roman Roads Media
for 9th-Adult
in Old Western Culture (Location: B18-06B)
Old Western Culture: The Romans Volume 2
by Wesley Callihan
from Roman Roads Media
for 9th-Adult
in Old Western Culture (Location: B18-06B)
Old Western Culture: The Romans Volume 3
by Wesley Callihan
from Roman Roads Media
for 9th-Adult
in Old Western Culture (Location: B18-06B)
Old Western Culture: The Romans Volume 4 (January 2016)
by Wesley Callihan
from Roman Roads Media
for 9th-Adult
in Old Western Culture (Location: B18-06B)
Roman Roads Reader: Drama and Lyric
2nd edition from Roman Roads Media
for 9th-12th grade
in Old Western Culture (Location: B18-06B)
Roman Roads Reader: Early Christianty
1st edition from Roman Roads Media
for 9th-12th grade
in Old Western Culture (Location: B18-06B)
Roman Roads Reader: Nicene Christianity
1st edition from Roman Roads Media
for 9th-12th grade
in Old Western Culture (Location: B18-06B)
Story of Mankind
by Hendrik Willem Van Loon
from W. W. Norton and Co.
for 5th-8th grade
1922 Newbery Medal winner
in Historical Fiction (Location: A05-01A)
Story of the World - M. B. Synge Collection
by Margaret Bertha Synge
from Yesterday's Classics
for 4th-8th grade
in World History Reference (Location: B02-01A)
Story of Western Civilization - Book I
by Alan W. Riese & Herber J. LaSalle
from Educators Publishing Service
for 4th-8th grade
in Story of Western Civilization (Location: B04-01D)
Story of Western Civilization - Book II
by Alan W. Riese & Herbert J. LaSalle
from Educators Publishing Service
for 4th-8th grade
in Story of Western Civilization (Location: B04-01D)
Story of Western Civilization - Book III
by Alan W. Riese & Herbert J. LaSalle
from Educators Publishing Service
for 4th-8th grade
in Story of Western Civilization (Location: B04-01D)
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