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Greenwood Electronic Media Creates Online Guides to Events that Shaped the Modern Age
Publisher Converts Print Collection of Essays, Biographical Profiles, Chronologies and News Articles into Useful Online Reference for Students and Historical Scholars

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Westport, CT, November 28, 2001 - Students of social studies and history now have a new Web reference tool to research significant events that occurred in the 20th Century. Greenwood Electronic Media’s Historic Events of the 20th Century online guides debut this month.

"Guides from this critically-acclaimed print series are now enhanced with a rich array of Web resources, extensive hyperlinks, timelines, multimedia links. Also, in response to requests, we include teacher lesson plans correlated to national standards, an important tool for educators," said Beth Dufford, director, Greenwood Electronic Media.

Each Guide features photos, maps, biographical profiles, chronologies of events, essays and the text of history-making documents. Historic Events of the 20th Century includes these titles from Greenwood’s print series:

World War I
World War II
Islamic Fundamentalism (coming in 2002)
The Holocaust
The Civil Rights Movement
The Collapse of Communism in the Soviet Union

The online product will be demonstrated at the American Association of School Librarians conference (, November 14-17 in Indianapolis and at the National Council of Social Studies conference (, November 16-18 in Washington D.C.

Historic Events of the 20th Century was first released as a series of print volumes in 1997. The books were well received and lauded in book reviews. For example, a review by the publication, Book Report, said, "The scope of the series is global. Each title is written by a scholar whose expertise is the subject area...All of the volumes in the series could be used in the social studies curricula of both high schools and colleges."

Referring to the World War II volume, Library Journal said, "This title packs a lot of information into one volume. The strengths of this book are its conciseness and organization and its excellent annotated bibliography." According to German Studies Review, the World War I volume brings home the poignant character of war with series of unusual documents. "This is a comprehensive, well-written account of a war that continues to hold an enduring fascination for undergraduates. A clear picture of the war and its relationship to wider issues is presented in excellent style." Historic Events of the 20th Century is presented by Greenwood Electronic Media, a division of The Greenwood Publishing Group. Greenwood Electronic Media (GEM) was founded in 1998 by the Greenwood Publishing Group to deliver on-line products to media-savvy school, public and college libraries. Learn more about GEM at

The Greenwood Publishing Group (GPG) is one of the world's leading publishers of academic monographs, reference titles (for university, public, and school libraries), college texts, journals, professional books, and electronic resources. With over 18,000 titles in print, GPG publishes some 800 titles each year, many of which are recognized with annual awards from Choice, Library Journal, The American Library Association, and various scholarly and professional organizations.

The Greenwood Publishing Group is a member the Reed Elsevier plc group, a global publisher and information provider.

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