World History Eras and Events
Move through historical times from the Byzantine Empire to the age of imperialism. Each book in this collection features vivid photographs, high-interest content, primary sources, writing activities, maps, charts, key vocabulary, glossary, and index.
Imperialism: Expanding Empires
Imperialism brought the world together and tore it apart. Countries made claims to land on the other side of the world. Industrial nations spread technology across the world and shaped modern industries. But this change came with a price. Imperial powers warred with each other and the countries they conquered. Many people lost their freedom, culture, and lives. Imperialism was a controversial system that shaped the way nations see one another.
Reading Level: 5.9, Guided Reading Level: S, Lexile: 770
Medieval Times: England in the Middle Ages
Medieval England was a time of great change and uncertainty. After the Romans left, many different tribes ruled the nation. These power struggles caused years of warfare. The constant fighting helped create the feudal system. This unequal system resulted in further conflict between the rich and the poor. By the time all of England was united under one ruler, the nation had grown strong. England was ready to become a dominant power in the world.
Reading Level: 5.3, Guided Reading Level: R, Lexile: 730
The Byzantine Empire: A Society that Shaped the World
While the old Roman Empire of the west crumbled to ruin, the eastern empire grew strong and powerful. Under such leaders as Constantine and Justinian, the Byzantine Empire flourished. The Byzantines preserved the great works of the ancient world and made Constantinople a magnificent city. During their one-thousand-year reign, the Byzantines transformed Christianity, protected Europe from would-be invaders, and later carried the seeds of the Renaissance to Italy. The Byzantines created a society that shaped the world.
Reading Level: 5.8, Guided Reading Level: U, Lexile: 850
The Enlightenment: A Revolution in Reason
The Enlightenment was an age of new ideas. Scientists, philosophers, politicians, and even poets asked big questions. How did the universe work? How did the human mind learn? What kind of government was best? Some of the greatest thinkers of all time joined these discussions. They argued, experimented, and wrote about their new ideas. Books became more powerful than swords. It was an age in which words and ideas changed the world forever.
Reading Level: 5.9, Guided Reading Level: R, Lexile: 760
The French Revolution
In eighteenth century France, many people were poor and hungry. They wanted better lives and rulers who would listen to them. King Louis XVI and his wife, Marie Antoinette, were seen as ineffective and wasteful rulers. The lower classes revolted against the monarchy and took control of the country. After thousands of executions, the French revolution ended. Napoleon had taken control of France, but not before the balance of power in all feudal societies had changed forever.
Reading Level: 5.7, Guided Reading Level: R, Lexile: 730
The Medieval Islamic World: Conflict and Conquest
Islam was founded in a harsh land called the Arabian Peninsula. Tribes that did not get along, and would often raid one another, inhabited this area. Muhammad believed he was called to lead his people to a new kind of thinking and a new life as Muslims. While its leaders struggled for power, Islam's followers struggled to honor their better natures through their actions and their faith.
Reading Level: 5.6, Guided Reading Level: Q, Lexile: 720
The Reformation: A Religious Revolution
During the 1500s, religious change came to Europe. At the time, the Roman Catholic Church held power in most of Europe. The Church was seen as absolutely correct. But people began to question the Church leaders. The corruption and inequality sparked a reformation that would sweep through Europe. People fought and created their own Christian churches. Power that was once held solely by the Roman Catholic Church had been reformed and spread. By questioning the absolute power of the Church, the Reformation changed the world.
Reading Level: 5.8, Guided Reading Level: V, Lexile: 870
The Renaissance: A Rebirth of Culture
The Renaissance was a time of cultural rebirth. Trade between Asia and Europe made Italy rich. This new wealth not only made the Italian city-states strong, but also created a new culture. Art began to evolve and grow. Artists created masterpieces and explored subjects other than religion. People began having free time to think, study, and learn. These new changes swept through Europe and changed society forever.
Reading Level: 5.7, Guided Reading Level: T, Lexile: 820