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The Encyclopedia of World History is a classic single-volume work detailing world history. The first through fifth editions were edited by William L. Langer.

Encyclopedia of World History
An Encyclopedia of World History (1948 edition).jpg
Cover of the 1948 edition
AuthorWilliam L. Langer (ed., I-V)
Peter Stearns (ed., VI)
PublisherHoughton Mifflin Co.
Publication date
1940
OCLC226204766

The Sixth Edition was—by the time of its publication—a much needed updating overseen by Peter N. Stearns, and was made available online.

Renowned historian Peter N. Stearns and thirty prominent historians have combined their expertise over the past ten years to perfect this comprehensive chronology of more than 20,000 entries that span the millennia from prehistoric times to the year 2000.Bartleby.com

Preceding worksEdit

  • Ploetz, Karl (1860s). Auszug aus der alten, mittleren und neueren Geschichte. A reference work of German and central European history.
  • Channing, Edward (1883). Tillinghast, William H (ed.). An Epitome of Ancient, Medieval, and Modern History. Houghton Mifflin Company. A translated and expanded edition of Dr. Karl Ploetz’s ‘Epitome of History’ with new sections on England and the United States.
  • Tillinghast, William H, ed. (1915). A Handbook of Universal History. Houghton Mifflin Company. A revised edition of An Epitome of Ancient, Medieval, and Modern History.
  • Barnes, Harry Elmer; Tillinghast, William H; Imlah, Albert H.; Peardon, Thomas Preston; Wuorinen, John Henry, eds. (1925). A Manual of Universal History. Houghton Mifflin Company. LCCN 25025211. A revised and expanded edition of A Handbook of Universal History.

Publication historyEdit

First five editionsEdit

An Encyclopedia of World History: Advanced, Medieval, and Modern, Chronologically Arranged.

Compiled and Edited by William L. Langer, Coolidge Professor of History, (Emeritus by 1968), Harvard University.

Sixth Edition (2001)Edit

Stearns, Peter N (ed.). The Encyclopedia of World History: Ancient, Medieval, and Modern, chronologically arranged. A completely revised and updated edition of the classic reference work originally compiled and edited by William L. Langer.