World History: The Modern Era
World History: The Modern Era covers human history around the globe—from the beginnings of the Renaissance to the present day.
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Lee Eysturlid is a history and social sciences instructor at Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy in Aurora, Illinois, where he teaches courses on ancient world religion and philosophy, 20th-century world history, and conflict in world history. He also serves as an adjunct instructor for Northwestern University’s School of Continuing Studies program, teaching courses on European civilization and United States history. Eysturlid earned his PhD in history from Purdue University, where he specialized in intellectual military history and the history of the Habsburg and Ottoman empires. He is a member of the Citadel Historical Association and is an ABC-CLIO History Fellow. Eysturlid’s publications include articles on international relations, foreign policy, and various military topics.
Rob Kiely is an adjunct assistant professor of liberal arts at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is also an instructor in such courses as the history of biology and the history of philosophy at Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy in Aurora, Illinois. Kiely has also delivered many lectures at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago, Illinois. He received his PhD from Northwestern University, where he studied the history of ideas and the history of science. His awards include a National Science Foundation Research Grant, an Outstanding Teaching Award from Northwestern University, and the Faculty of the Year Award from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
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The Emergence of Modern Europe, 1500-1700—Sonnet Sylvain/Hemis/Corbis
The World Beyond Europe, 1500-1776—Pictures from History/Bridgeman Images
The Age of Reason, 1700-1800—Schloss Sanssouci, Potsdam, Brandenburg, Germany/Bridgeman Images
A Time of Revolutions, 1776-1825—Francis G. Mayer/Corbis
Spheres of Influence, 1776-1914—Japan Society of Northern California
The Rise of Nationalism, 1815-1914—De Agostini/Getty Images
The Power of the Industrial Revolution, 1800-1914—Look and Learn/Bridgeman Images
The World at War, 1914-1945—Galerie Bilderwelt/Bridgeman Images
The Cold War, 1945-1991—AP Photo
A New Millennium, 1991-present—AP Photo