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History Books for High School Students

Below is a list of some great books and educational material regarding this subject. We have added links to an online US bookstore, should you need further information on these products. You can also copy / paste the name of the author or book into the search box opposite.

1. Atlas of World History by Patrick K. O’Brien, Hardcover: 368 pages, Publisher: Oxford
A major new work of reference, this book charts the course of human progress around the globe, from prehistory to the present, in hundreds of full-color maps. Much like our earlier Atlas of Exploration, this attractive, large-format volume features 135 two-page spreads that highlight key moments in world history, each spread blending colorful maps and illustrations with authoritative text. For instance, for the American Revolution, readers will find three maps–British North America before the War, the Colonial economy (indicating which areas specialized in fishing, timber, tobacco, and so forth), and military movements during the War itself–plus an informative discussion of the causes and course of the Rebellion. The Atlas is divided into five sections: 1. The Ancient World (with spreads on topics such as the move from hunting to farming, the first civilizations in Mesopotamia, Egypt, and China, the Silk Road, and the Roman Empire); 2. The Medieval World (the spread of Islam, the Vikings, the Economy of Europe, and the Inca and Aztec Empires); 3. The Early Modern World (the European discovery of the New World, the Reformation, the growth of science); 4. The Age of Revolutions (including the Industrial Revolution, the American Civil War, and the Modernization of Japan); and 5. The Twentieth Century (the Russian Revolution, the Great Depression, the Second World War, and the USA Since 1945).


2. The Essential World History (High School/Retail Version) by William J. Duiker, Jackson J. Spielvogel, Paperback: 800 pages, Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
This is a brief introduction to the civilizations of the world. The text covers such individual civilizations as China, India, and Europe, and provides points of comparison between and among these civilizations. It emphasizes breadth and accessibility, and contains a wealth of primary source documents, beautiful 4-color maps, and useful supplements. The text is available in a comprehensive volume as well as two separate volumes: Volume I (Chapters 1-19), to 1800, and Volume II (Chapters 14-32), since 1500.

3. History Lessons: Teaching, Learning, and Testing in U.S. High School Classrooms by S. G. Grant, Paperback: 239 pages, Publisher: Lea
Great resource for all high school history teachers.

4. World History for Christian Schools by David A. Fisher, Hardcover: 662 pages, Publisher: Bob Jones
A textbook of the history of the world presenting parallel Christian history and a Christian viewpoint.


5. Connecting with the Past : History Workshop in Middle and High Schools by Cynthia Stokes Brown, Paperback: 136 pages, Publisher: Heinemann
This book is the first book to explore the history workshop approach at the middle & secondary levels.

6. The First Americans Prehistory-1600: Teaching Guide for Middle School & High School classes book 1 (History of US, 1) by Joy Hakim, Paperback: 112 pages, Oxford University
A great resource for homeschooling and classroom applications.