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.