Print ISBN: 978-1-68217-305-3
# of Pages: 1124
# of Volumes: 3
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Great Events from History: The 21st Century, 2000-2016

Editor: Thomas Lewis
May 2017


Salem Press' monumental Great Events from History series spans human history from ancient times to the present, worldwide. This new three-volume set continues Salem's award-winning coverage into the twenty-first century, providing thoughtful, detailed essays on major events between 2000 and 2016.

The first sixteen years of the twenty-first century have seen tumultuous and life-changing events- terror, wars, natural disasters, as well as social and political events that will render the world forever changed. This text documents it all-the 9/11 attack on the Twin Towers, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, natural disasters around the globe, the election of the first African-American President. Plus, important social and cultural developments, including the rise of digital and social media, as well as breakthroughs in science and medicine.

In-depth, yet accessible essays provide a summary of the event and discuss the event's significance and historical impact. Entries are supplemented with sources for further reading, cross-references to other material in the series, maps, quotations from primary source documents, timelines, and hundreds of photographs and illustrations.

Each essay, which has an average length of 1,500-2,000 words, prominently displays the following:

  • the common name of the event
  • the most precise date (or date range) of the event
  • a brief summary of the event and its significance
  • where appropriate, an also known as name for the event
  • the locale, or where the event occurred
  • the categories, or the type of event covered
  • the key figures of the event, with birth and death dates, where available, and a brief description

The text of each essay is divided into the following sections:

Summary of Event: Describes the event chronologically and includes discussions that place the event in context

    Significance: Describes the event’s historical impact, influence, and significance

      Byline: Name of the contributor who wrote the essay

        Further Reading: Sources for further study appropriate and accessible to librarians, students, and the general public

          See also: Lists related essays within the set

          Designed for history students at the high school and undergraduate levels, public libraries will also find this set, and the series as a whole, invaluable as a reference tool for students and general readers at all academic levels.


          View a Full List of Titles from the Great Events from History Series