Information about major world developments from 1750 to the present, with close attention to social, economic, cultural, and political topics. Contains articles on world events; countries; organizations; regions; ethnic groups; and themes such as social history, demography, family life, politics, economics, religion, thought, education, science and technology, and culture. It offers coverage of standard geographic and ethnic units"”such as Scandinavia, Korea, or the Gypsies"”in the modern period. Significant institutions such as the International Red Cross and the League of Nations are treated at length. Each article includes an up-to-date bibliography; the text is complemented by 700 images and 50 maps.