History is known for being extremely interesting and can be infinite in its subject matter when exploring world history. We’ve taken the stress out of finding the perfect history books for your studies by compiling a list of the most popular world history textbooks on the market today.

Learn about world wars, the fall of communism, and a plethora of notable people who have helped shape the world we know today.

Cracking the AP World History: Modern Exam 2020, Premium Edition: 5 Practice Tests + Complete Content Review + Proven Prep for the New 2020 Exam

 Princeton Review

Including 5 complete practice tests, World History: Modern Exam contains thorough content to make sure you ace the real exam. Read through explanations of answers and develop excellent test strategies alongside extra online information.

  • This book will help you:
  • Develop ways of working smarter and not harder
  • Develop test strategies that help you pace yourself and answer logically.
  • Guidance on both the multiple-choice questions and essay sections.
  • Create effective study plans and chapter reviews.

Advanced Placement World History: Modern

by Perfection Learning

Discover how the world we know has been changed and shaped by history starting with the 1200s.

This book may be small but it is a great addition to any budding Historian when read alongside other notable literature. This book helps fill in gaps in knowledge and consolidate learning from lectures.

Chapters summarize important historical topics giving students background information and a starting point for more in-depth learning about modern world history.

Glencoe World History, Student Edition

by Jackson J. Spielvogel

Piece together world history dating back to prehistory right up to the present day. Link issues of the past to life today and discover how the world’s cultures interlink and develop an appreciation for the interdependence of each world region.

Each era of history is split into easy-to-digest chucks to help the reader understand and remember key events from each time in history. Each chapter is full of detailed sub-headings to delve deeper into each topic.

The Student’s Friend Concise World History: Parts 1 and 2

by Mike Maxwell

The subject of history is huge and can often be confusing when not given the correct reading material. The student friend concise world history includes only the most important points in world history and displays the information clearly and concisely. Meaning that a wider range of people are able to access the information.

This book focuses on the men and women who have helped define history and shape the world we live in today, including the greats and people history would rather forget.

Glencoe World History, Student Edition

by Jackson J. Spielvogel

Glencoe World History aims to develop understanding in students about how historical events around the world are still relevant today and help shape the modern world.
Presented in a clear concise way Glencoe world history encourages students to take charge of their learning and become actively involved in developing their historical knowledge.
Question whether issues affecting young people today were the same or different 100, 500, or 2000 years ago.

History: From the Dawn of Civilization to the Present Day

by Smithsonian Institution

A comprehensive look at the history from the present day right back until the beginning of time.
This book includes key topics:

  • Historical events
  • People
  • Inventions and discoveries
  • Changes in ideas and beliefs
    Set out chronologically this history book displays information in an easy-to-read manner, invoking all the reader’s senses through a range of:
  • biographical sketches,
  • photos,
  • artifacts,
  • maps,
  • topical discussions

Breathtaking photos are dispersed with a multitude of illustrations and detailed, descriptive historical notes.

History Year by Year: The History of the World from Stone Age to the Digital World

by DK Children

Journey through time with this children’s historical encyclopedia starting with the stone age and traveling up to the present day.

This book puts key events and topics on a handy timeline making the content easy to understand and a great learning tool for children.

Take interest in events on the timeline, these include:

  • prehistoric people,
  • world wars,
  • The moon landing,
  • The rise and fall of the Roman empire
  • and many more!

Full of fun and interesting facts this book is aimed at children aged 9-12 and gives flight to their imagination helping them see themselves, and children of the past and understand their place in the world.

Battles That Changed History

by DK

Explore the most important battles that have taken place across history. With more than 90 of the world’s most notorious battles, this book uses an array of different methods to fully immerse the reader into each battle.

Using a range of historically accurate maps, paintings, artifacts, and photographs, Battles That Changed History is a comprehensive guide to every major conflict in history.

This book includes mentions of famous military leaders like Alexander the Great, Napoleon, and Rommel.

The History of the World

by J M Roberts,  O A Westad

Enjoy a browse through human history, discovering major events, developments, and personalities of the known, and recent past.

Constantly revising with content to add new historical events to bring learning into the twenty-first century. 90 informative maps give context to the information held within its pages.

A must-have book for any historian. The wealth of information contained in this book is second to none. When reading this book you will discover:

  • The emergence of Mesopotamian civilizations
  • Ancient Egypt
  • The Roman Empire,
  • Islam
  • The rise and fall of samurai rule in Japan
  • Medieval kingdoms
  • The early modern expansion of Europe across the globe
  • And many more.

History of the World Map by Map

by DK

If you are delving into world history the history of the world map is a definite must-have.
Including 140 custom-designed maps, this book not only shows us where we can go but also where we have been.

Humans leave a footprint where they have been on the globe, the history of the world map helps us track these footprints and better understand how we have used the world we live in from prehistory to the present day.

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