The Modern Age (1850 to 1994): Introduce your child to the marvelous story of world civilizations with the fourth volume of this read-aloud series. Where was the Crystal Palace? Who was the Sick Man of Europe? And how did cow fat start a revolution?

Now more than ever, other cultures are affecting our everyday lives - and our children need to learn about the other countries of the world and their history. Susan Wise Bauer has provided a captivating guide to the history of other lands. Written in an engaging, straightforward manner, this revised edition of The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child, Volume 4: The Modern Age weaves world history into a story book format. 

The Story of the World covers the sweep of human history from ancient times until the present. Africa, China, Europe, the Americas - find out what happened all around the world in long-ago times. The Story of the World, Volume 4 Revised Edition central text (available in paperback and hardcover) offers 42 narrative chapters, told in chronological order and spanning the entire globe, that begin with revolt against the British in Victorian-ruled India, and end with the Persian Gulf War. Independent readers can easily enjoy the stories on their own, or parents and teachers can read aloud to younger students.

This newly revised edition includes 48 beautiful new illustrations, easier-to-read formatting, and a pronunciation guide to the names and places discussed in the book.

Each Story of the World volume provides a full year of history study when combined with the Activity Book, Audiobook, and Tests - each available separately to accompany each volume of The Story of the World Text Book. Volume 4 Year Recommendation: Years 4-7.

 Recommended in Program(s): Foundations
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Well-Trained Mind Press

Publication date:

4 May 2021

Number of pages:



685 g (paperback), 800 g (hardback)

Paperback dimensions:

3.05 cms H x 21.08 cms L x 13.21 cms W

Hardback dimensions:

3.56 cms H x 21.08 cms L x 13.72 cms W


Paperback or Hardback


1945841907, 1945841893


Susan Wise Bauer is a writer, educator, and historian. Her previous books include the Writing With Ease, Writing With Skill, and Story of the World series from Well-Trained Mind Press, as well as The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home, The Well-Educated Mind: A Guide to the Classical Education You Never Had, Rethinking School, The Story of Western Science: From the Writings of Aristotle to the Big Bang Theory, and the History of the World series, all from W. W. W. Norton. She has a Ph.D. in American Studies from the College of William & Mary in Virginia, as well as an M.A. in seventeenth-century literature and a Master of Divinity in Ancient Near Eastern Languages and Literature. For fifteen years, she taught literature and composition at the College of William and Mary.

Jeff West is an established illustrator and his variety and bulk of work is expansive, ranging from traditional art to art for TV and movies. He recently earned himself an Emmy nomination and has worked on blockbuster shows and films. He resides in Arizona.

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