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A History of the Modern World Since 1815
Conceived and written as a history of the modern world rather than a truncated Western Civilization book, this text is one of the most highly praised history texts ever published. It has been adopted at more than 1000 schools and has been translated into six languages. Lloyd Kramer joins the author team for this ninth edition that includes two new color inserts ...more
Published September 1st 2001 by McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages
(first published January 1st 1971)
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So I didn't read the whole thing, but I had my last history class today, so I figure I probably won't be doing too much reading from this book anymore. As far as history textbooks go, it's a bit dry, but it definitely reviews history accurately and cohesively. Perhaps I'll get an opportunity to read more of it in the future?
I read it in high school, in college, and in grad school, and used it to teach (though not as assigned reading except one chapter for a few unluckies at College Prep in Oakland). It's a classic for good reasons, and probably for less-good reasons, but still my first reference for Modern Europe.
Joel G. Colton was a modern history scholar and author. He received his B.A. in history from City College in 1939 and his M.A. from Columbia University in 1940. After serving in the U.S. Army during WW II, he returned to Columbia, from which he received his Ph.D. in 1950. He taught at Duke University from 1947 until his retirement in 1982, except while serving as director of humanities at the ...moreMore about Joel Colton...