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Announcement from the National Center for History in the Schools

New Publication


The National Center for History in the Schools at UCLA has just published World History: The Big Eras, A Compact History of Humankind for Teachers and Students. As a succinct survey of the human past from Paleolithic times to the present, this volume will be useful to middle land high school world history teachers, AP world history instructors, and college and university world history faculty.

In ninety-six concise pages, this book brings together in a seamless world-scale narrative newly revised versions of historical essays that appear in World History for Us All, the model curriculum for world history available on line at Published in magazine format, this slim and inexpensive volume is a valuable companion to all educators who use the electronic resources of World History for Us All. It also stands alone as a brief history of humankind, inviting teachers, students, and all global educators to explore the past on big scales. Middle and high school teachers wrestling with state content standards will find this brief narrative useful in developing coherent curriculum and for helping students connect specific topics to wider landscapes of historical meaning. The book's panoramic approach is also highly compatible with the Advanced Placement World History course.

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The basic idea behind World History: The Big Eras is that study of the past on the global scale reveals patterns and raises questions that may be invisible at the lower scales of civilization, nation-state, and ethnic region. Its authors are Edmund Burke III, Prof. of History at UC Santa Cruz; David Christian, Prof. of History at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia; and Ross E. Dunn, Professor Emeritus of History at San Diego State University.

All receipts from sales of the book support the mission of the National Center for History in the Schools to advance history education in the United States. For further information contact the NCHS at or (310) 825-4702.


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