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Lyndon B. Johnson

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Lyndon B. Johnson, thrust unexpectedly into the presidency following John F. Kennedy’s assassination, ushered in a new wave of civil rights and launched a war against poverty. Though his experience…
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Revolution and Independence in Latin America

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Between 1808 and 1826, all of mainland Latin America became independent from Spain and Portugal, the colonial powers that had ruled the region for three centuries. Undesirable economic restrictions…
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Dwight D. Eisenhower

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After a military career that established him as one of the most successful commanders ever, Dwight D. Eisenhower served two terms as president, during which the United States experienced the greatest…
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Richard Nixon

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After eight years as vice president and a close loss in the election of 1960, Richard Nixon’s political career seemed to be over. He rebounded to win two terms as president, during which he arranged…
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The Cold War

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Nelson Mandela

Nobel Peace Prize-Winning Champion for Hope and Harmony
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Imprisoned for twenty-seven years for protesting against South Africa’s system of apartheid, Nelson Mandela was elected the nation’s first black president and became known as one of the greatest…
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The Colonial and Postcolonial Experience in the Middle East

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Colonialism in the Middle East came from within for many centuries, as the Ottoman Empire dominated the region until the end of World War I. Great Britain and France imposed mandates over several of…
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The Colonial and Postcolonial Experience in East and Southeast Asia

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While the British became the dominant colonial power in South Asia, the Dutch, Portuguese, and French also initially vied for control of the region. This volume traces the rise of European influence…
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The 100 Most Influential Technology Leaders of All Time

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Technology has existed for as long as humankind has invented items that improve and enhance daily living. The innovators of technology profiled in this comprehensive resource have affected nearly…
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What Are Minerals?

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Minerals are solid, naturally occurring substances that make up much of what we use in our daily lives, from household items and medicines to food and computers. Readers will learn how minerals form,…
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The Italian and Northern Renaissance

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The modern period of history is often considered to have begun with the Renaissance, one of the rare periods of genius in the world’s history. This volume traces the Renaissance from its beginnings…
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The End of the Middle Ages

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The Middle Ages were marked by economic and territorial expansion, demographic and urban growth, the emergence of national identity, and the restructuring of secular and ecclesiastical institutions.…
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The Fall of the Roman World and the Rise of Christianity

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Although once regarded as a time of uninterrupted ignorance, superstition, and social oppression, the Middle Ages are now understood as a dynamic period during which the idea of Europe as a distinct…
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