Great events in History

November 14, 2016
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Is the second installment in the ongoing Great Events from History series, which was initiated in 2004 with the two-volume Great Events from History: The Ancient World. Like the rest of the series, the current volumes represent both a revision and a significant expansion of the twelve-volume Great Events from History (1972-1980), incorporating essays from the Chronology of European History: 15, 000 B.C. to 1997 (3 vols., 1997), Great Events from History: North American Series, Revised Edition (4 vols., 1997), Great Events from History: Ancient and Medieval Series (3 vols., 1972) and Great Events from History: Modern European Series (3 vols., 1973).
The current two volumes of The Middle Ages, 477-1443 add 199 new essays to the original 123, for a total of more than 322 events. These essays were commissioned especially for this series and appear here for the first time. In addition, this series features a new page design, expanded and updated bibliographies, internal and external cross-references, a section containing maps of the medieval world, new appendices and indexes, plus excerpts from primary source documents, regnal tables, and numerous illustrations throughout.
The date 477 was selected because it follows The Ancient World's end date, 476 (the fall of Rome), and 1453 was selected because it is the year in which several important developments-notably the proliferation of documents issuing from the newly invented printing press, the end of the Hundred Years' War, and the fall of Constantinople-draw a dividing line between the late Middle Ages and the early modern world. Within this period, the events are arranged strictly chronologically, essentially forming a time line without regard to region. Hence, students can trace world history comparatively, with events in Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas comingled. To facilitate location of time periods within the publication, right-hand pages contain date-range tabs.
Each essay averages 1, 600 words (2-3 pages) in length and follows a standard format. The top matter to every essay prominently displays the most precise available date or date range for the event, followed by the name of the event and the following ready-reference data:
o A summary paragraph, encapsulating the event's significance
o Locale, or where the event occurred
o Categories, or the type of event covered
o Key Figures, a list of the major individuals involved in the event
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