A major reference work, "Philip's Atlas of World History" - concise edition records the history of human society throughout the world, from prehistory to the year 2005, in 450 specially commissioned colour maps, 200 illustrations, tables and diagrams, and 200,000 words. It has been updated to include recent events across the world, including those in Iraq, Afghanistan, Russia and the former Soviet republics. "The Atlas of World History" - concise edition goes beyond the conventional focus on European and American political history to give worldwide coverage of socio-economic, cultural, and religious themes. Due weight is given to regions such as Central and South America, Africa, Asia, and Oceania that are comparatively neglected by many competitor titles. Commissioned from academic writers with direct involvement in college teaching, and with a foreword and general consultancy by Professor Patrick O'Brien, former Director of the Institute of Historical Research at the University of London, "Philip's Atlas of World History" is also highly accessible for the general reader with an interest in world history. "The Atlas of World History" is organized in five main parts: the Ancient World (human origins to c.ad 500), the Medieval World (c.500-1500), the Early Modern World (c.1500-1770), the Age of Revolutions (c.1770-1914), and the Twentieth Century (from 1914). Each part opens with a two-spread introduction that highlights the main themes of the period and outlines worldwide trends and developments. Following the introduction, individual spreads each examine a particular region over a specified period, with detailed maps, illustrations, and tables, and c.1200 words of text.