As a student of modern history you're always delighted when you find a book that makes cramming the intricacies of the past few hundred years in your head a little less painful. This book is absolutely invaluable. Although it won't help provide you with enough information to write an essay on a particular area of study, it outlines all major events in easy to understand and detailed sections. I've found it unbelievably helpful to get my brain working on the concepts of particular eras and a resource to lead me to what I need to study. Fantastic resource for any student of modern history!