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 unitsâ€”such as Scandinavia, Korea, or the Gypsiesâ€”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.