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Most books in the Reference Collection are tertiary works that give readers a broad topical overview. If you are new to researching and writing about history and need more background, these might be a good place to start.
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Recommended Reference Works
Atlas of Medieval Europe - Ref G 1791 .A75 2007
Covers the period from the fall of the Roman Empire through to the beginnings of the Renaissance, spreading from the Atlantic coast to the Russian steppes. Each map approaches a separate issue or series of events in medieval history, and a commentary locates it in its broader context.
Chronology of World History - Ref D 11 .M39 1999
Provides information on over 70,000 events from prehistory to the present.
The New Atlas of World History: Global Events at a Glance - Ref G 1030 .H39 2011
An illustrated overview of world history presented in maps and timelines detailing important cultures, events, and developments.
The Times Atlas of World History - Ref Atlases G 1030 .T54 1984
Combines the visual detail of excitement of an atlas with a full-scale narrative of world history from the earliest times to the present. Contains over 600 maps and illustrations and 300,000 words of narrative, glossary, and index.
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