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.

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A.D. - CD
by Various
from Vision Forum
for 8th-Adult
in World History Reference (Location: B02-01A)
$75.00
Africa
by D. V. Georges
from Amazon Children's Publishing
for 2nd-4th grade
in Africa (Location: B02-05E)
$3.00 (1 in stock)
Africa
The Golden Book Picture Atlas of the World Book 5
by Norman Lobsenz
from Golden Press
for 4th-8th grade
in Africa (Location: B02-05E)
$3.00 (1 in stock)
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)
$8.00 (1 in stock)
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)
$3.50 (1 in stock)
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)
$5.50 (1 in stock)
Apostate
by Kevin Swanson
1st edition from Generations with Vision
for Adult
in Philosophy (Location: C08-01B)
$19.00
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)
$11.95
B.C. - CD
by Various
from Vision Forum
for 8th-Adult
in World History Reference (Location: B02-01A)
$75.00
Battles That Changed History
by Michael Spilling
Reprint from Amber Books
for 6th-Adult
in Military History (Location: B02-00C)
$14.50 (1 in stock)
Builders of the Old World
by Gertrude Hartman
from Little, Brown & Company
for 7th-12th grade
in World History Reference (Location: B02-01A)
$5.50 (1 in stock)
Calendar Quest
by Jennifer Johnson Garrity
from Brimwood Press
for 4th-6th
in Tools for Young Historians (Location: B12-04C)
$14.00 $9.50 (1 in stock)
Color the Western World
by Marcia Harris Brim
from Brimwood Press
for 4th-8th grade
in Tools for Young Historians (Location: B12-04C)
$18.00
Columbia History of the World
by John A. Garraty, Peter Gay
8th Thus from Barnes & Noble
for Adult
in World History Reference (Location: B02-01A)
$10.00 (1 in stock)
Come With Me to Africa
by Golden Books
from Golden Books
for 4th-6th grade
in Africa (Location: B02-05E)
$6.00 (1 in stock)
Concise Dictionary of Mediaeval History
by Harry E. Wedeck
from Philosophical Library, Inc.
for 7th-12th grade
in Middle Ages (Location: B02-04A)
$8.00 (1 in stock)
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)
$35.00
Development of Western Civilization
by G. K. Tull, Nigel Heard
from Copp Clark
for 10th-Adult
in World History Reference (Location: B02-01A)
$3.50 (1 in stock)
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)
$11.95
Egyptian Hieroglyphics
by Stephane Rossini
from Dover Publications
for 7th-12th grade
in Ancient Egypt (Location: B02-02D)
$6.00 (1 in stock)
Encyclopedia of World History
by William L. Langer
Revised from Houghton Mifflin
for 8th-Adult
in World History Reference (Location: B02-01A)
$4.00 (1 in stock)
Europe Finds the World
Cambridge Introduction to World History
by Trevor Cairns
from Cambridge University
for 6th-9th grade
in Exploration (1450-1900) (Location: B01-05A)
$3.00 (1 in stock)
Exploring World History Literature Bundle
for 9th-12th grade
in World History Reference (Location: B02-01A)
First Encyclopedia of History
Usborne Internet-Linked
by Fiona Chandler
from Usborne
for 1st-5th grade
in History Encyclopedias & Fact Books (Location: B02-01C)
$4.80 (1 in stock)
Glorious Age in Africa
by Daniel Chu, Elliot Skinner
from Africa World Press, Inc.
for 5th-10th grade
in Africa (Location: B02-05E)
$5.00 (6 in stock)
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)
$11.95 $8.00 (1 in stock)
Guide to Egypt
by Michael March
from Highlights for Children
for 1st-6th grade
in Africa (Location: B02-05E)
$1.50 (2 in stock)
Guide to South Africa
by Michael March
from Highlights for Children
for 1st-6th grade
in Africa (Location: B02-05E)
$1.50 (1 in stock)
Guides to History Plus
by Kathryn Stout
from Design-A-Study
for All grades
in Design-A-Study (Location: B11-02A)
$19.99 $9.00 (2 in stock)
Handy History Answer Book
by Rebecca Nelson
from Visible Ink Press
for 10th grade-adult
in History Encyclopedias & Fact Books (Location: B02-01C)
$8.00 (1 in stock)
Hill of the Hidden Secrets
by Panos Valavanis
from Akritas
for 4th-7th grade
in World History Reference (Location: B02-01A)
$7.50 (1 in stock)
History Helps
from Small Ventures
for 4th-6th grade
in World History Reference (Location: B02-01A)
$6.00 (4 in stock)
History of Christianity & Western Civilization Course Set
by Colin Gunn, Doug W. Phillips, Dr. Joseph C. Morecraft, William Potter
from Vision Forum
for 9th-Adult
in Church History Overviews (Location: C06-03A)
$95.00 $50.00 (2 in stock)
History of the World
by Plantagent Somerset Fry
from DK Publishing
for 5th-9th grade
in History Spines & Surveys (Location: B02-01D)
$39.99 $24.00 (2 in stock)
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)
$15.95 $8.00 (2 in stock)
How People Lived
Windows on the World
by Anne Millard
from DK Publishing
for 1st-6th grade
in World History Reference (Location: B02-01A)
$9.00 (1 in stock)
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)
$7.00 (1 in stock)
Journey Into Africa
by Ann M. Jansen
from GeoDeo Educational Resources
in Africa (Location: B02-05E)
$28.00 (3 in stock)
Kenny Kwiz
by Kenny Abegglen
from Brimwood Press
for 4th-6th
in Tools for Young Historians (Location: B12-04C)
$5.00 $3.50 (1 in stock)
Kingfisher Young World Encyclopedia
by Larousse
from Larousse
for 4th-6th grade
in Encyclopedias (Location: ARF-02C)
$15.00 (1 in stock)
Kings and Queens
by Simon Roulstone
from Usborne
for 4th-8th grade
in World History Reference (Location: B02-01A)
$3.60 (1 in stock)
Last 500 Years
by Fiona Chandler, Jane Bingham, Sam Taplin
from Scholastic Inc.
for 4th-8th grade
in World History Reference (Location: B02-01A)
$4.50 (1 in stock)
Last 500 Years
by Fiona Chandler, Jane Bingham, Sam Taplin
from Usborne
for 4th-8th grade
in World History Reference (Location: B02-01A)
$10.36 $6.40 (1 in stock)
Last 500 Years
by Fiona Chandler, Jane Bingham, Sam Taplin
from Usborne
for 4th-8th grade
in World History Reference (Location: B02-01A)
$9.60 (1 in stock)
Let the Authors Speak
by Carolyn Hatcher
Revised
for Kindergarten-12th grade
in World History Reference (Location: B02-01A)
$17.50 (1 in stock)
Little History of the World
by E. H. Gombrich
from Yale University Press
for 6th-Adult
in World History Reference (Location: B02-01A)
$14.00 (1 in stock)
Looking at History
by R.J. Unstead
4th edition from A & C Black Ltd.
in History Spines & Surveys (Location: B02-01D)
$15.00 (1 in stock)
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