Understand 5,000 years of civilisation from a 21st-century framework

World History in Context provides an overview of world history that covers the most-studied events, periods, cultures, civilisations, religions, conflicts, wars, ideologies, cultural movements, people, and more.

Scope and Depth

World History in Context reaches back to the ancient world – and forward to today’s headlines – to deliver a chronicle of the great cultures and societies that have formed the history of the human race. Rare primary sources, reliable reference and multimedia content put this vast topic into context for students

Reference Content

More than 2,200 primary source documents from Primary Source Media and other reliable providers join hundreds of acclaimed, award-winning titles from Gale, Macmillan and Scribner, including:

  • Global Events
  • Historic World Leaders
  • Encyclopedia of Modern China
  • Gale Encyclopedia of World History
  • Middle East Conflict Reference Library
  • Encyclopedia of the Renaissance
  • And many more

News and Multimedia

  • More than 2,000 maps and atlases
  • A topic-integrated image gallery
  • Video and audio selections, from archival newsreels to NPR
  • Full-text periodicals and journals, including The Historian, World and I, Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, Africa Today, and more.

Cross-Search for More Success

Cross-search World History in Context with U.S. History in Context to provide a one-stop source for all history needs.


Mr Niel Hendriksz, Librarian at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa

The name of this database sets it apart and immediately indicates to students what they will get there. World History in Context is a beautiful product – the user is drawn by the images, videos and the “look and feel” of the In Context databases. And of course it is a good combination of academic, reference and primary material – making it useful not just for undergraduate students but also for postgraduates and researchers.

Tue Gaston, Librarian at Borupgaard Gymnasium Biblioteket, Denmark

"World History in Context is very easy to navigate. There's a logic to the In Context system - once you have learned how to work one In Context database you can use them all, and I really like that." - Tue Gaston, Librarian

Read the full interview with Tue Gaston to find out the challenges World History in Context helped this high school overcome, and the results he has seen since subscribing.