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This second book in the four-volume narrative history series for elementary students will transform your study of history. The Story of the World has won awards from numerous homeschooling magazines and readers'' polls―over 150,000 copies of the series in print!

Now more than ever, other cultures are affecting our everyday lives―and our children need to learn about the other countries of the world and their history. Susan Wise Bauer has provided a captivating guide to the history of other lands. Written in an engaging, straightforward manner, this revised edition of The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child, Volume 2: The Middle Ages weaves world history into a story book format. Who discovered chocolate? What happened to the giant Fovor of the Mighty Blows? Why did the Ottoman Turks drag their war ships across dry land?

The Story of the World covers the sweep of human history from ancient times until the present. Africa, China, Europe, the Americas―find out what happened all around the world in long-ago times. Designed as a read-aloud project for parents and children to share together, The Story of the World includes each continent and major people group. Volume 2: The Middle Ages, is the second of a four-volume series and covers the major historical events in the years 400 to 1600 CE, as well as including maps, illustrations, and tales from each culture.

Each Story of the World volume provides a full year of history study when combined with the Activity Book, Audiobook, and Tests―each available separately to accompany each volume of The Story of the World Text Book. Volume 2 Grade Recommendation: Grades 1-6. Illustrated throughout with black-and-white drawings and maps

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"This may well be the best multi-age read aloud narrative of world history yet to have been written."
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From the Fall of Rome to the Rise of the Renaissance

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Susan Wise Bauer is a writer, educator, and historian. Her previous books include the Writing With Ease, Writing With Skill, and Story of the World series from Well-Trained Mind Press, as well as The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home, The Well-Educated Mind: A Guide to the Classical Education You Never Had, Rethinking School, The Story of Western Science: From the Writings of Aristotle to the Big Bang Theory, and the History of the World series, all from W. W. W. Norton. She has a Ph.D. in American Studies from the College of William & Mary in Virginia, as well as an M.A. in seventeenth-century literature and a Master of Divinity in Ancient Near Eastern Languages and Literature. For fifteen years, she taught literature and composition at the College of William and Mary.

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Different Light
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Surprising amount of Islamophobia
Reviewed in the United States on February 27, 2019
The author has a strong bias against Muslims and for Evangelical Christians. Bible stories are presented as history with a Christian tilt. For example, God introduces the Christian version of himself to Abraham (not even in the Bible) and promises Israel to his only son... See more
The author has a strong bias against Muslims and for Evangelical Christians. Bible stories are presented as history with a Christian tilt. For example, God introduces the Christian version of himself to Abraham (not even in the Bible) and promises Israel to his only son Isaac (not including Ishmael as Muslims believe). The author teaches that God will fight against Abraham''s enemies, arguing that God fought against the Egyptians during Moses. This sets the stage to take the Christian side during the crusades and plays into the current debate with the Palestinians.

Christian history is white-washed, with the church fighting slavery, promoting education and with members choosing to follow out of love rather than coercion. Muslims command their followers and are presented as violent with their story altered and the Quran misquoted. Their fighters are one-dimensional, with their only desire being to violently spread Islam. She emphasizes the connection between religion and violence of Muslim conquerors and judges them based on events that happened hundreds of years ago. For Christian conquerors, she emphasizes glory and the resulting peace and stability or ignores their religion altogether, making it seem Christians were never bad and Muslims were never good. She uses scare tactics to justify the crusades (what would happen to Christianity if Islam spread?) which echo the scare tactics we hear today against Muslims.

As I was reading the book with my son, I kept having to correct what he was reading; no, Muslims don''t believe in stealing to satisfy their hunger, no, Muslims didn''t attack Mecca unprovoked, no Mohammad didn''t go around killing all non-Muslims in Mecca and just because his book teaches it doesn''t mean it is true. I worry a parent who was less aware of history would not catch all the misinformation.

She favors Catholics throughout the book until the Protestant revolution, which she explains by comparing Catholics to an abusive aunt and Protestants to a loving aunt.

I understand that there are people who want an Evangelical-based history book (this series certainly merges Bible stories with history), but I think you can do that without attacking other people, and you certainly shouldn''t change the history in order to do so. Even Jesus taught you should love your enemies and bless those who curse you.

Jesus would not approve of this book.
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mwwg
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Great backbone to history course, but benefits from additional sources
Reviewed in the United States on November 14, 2017
PROS: Easy-to-read, fairly engaging, a good mix of history and folk stories, hits most of the big stuff. I like that it''s mostly text with relatively few pictures. We supplement with DK publishing histories, which are less thorough and less-well organized, but have great... See more
PROS: Easy-to-read, fairly engaging, a good mix of history and folk stories, hits most of the big stuff. I like that it''s mostly text with relatively few pictures. We supplement with DK publishing histories, which are less thorough and less-well organized, but have great pictures, so that the kids get a good sense of the look of things as well.

CONS: Def. Western-centric (though less than some of its competitors), and def. focused more on wars/politicians/history of power, and not much at all on history of ideas, art, philosophy, etc. Due to the breadth of the survey, there''s little material connecting what happens in one place and time to any other.

Western-centric: Bauer includes lots of material on other cultures, it''s true, but most of this is through the lens of Western history. Which is fair. And she does a much better job than most other material for this age group. If you use the book as a backbone rather than a sole resource, it should mostly work out anyway. I found it necessary to also buy a) a more completist survey that I use to supplement or contextualize when random non-Western countries show up in SOTW and b) a full-on history of China. Because Bauer has the kids so engaged with text, I found sources that were comics for these things: Cartoon History of the Universe Volumes 1-7 Gonick''s History of the Universe/Modern World series and Jin Lui''s Understanding China through Comics series https://www.amazon.com/Foundations-Chinese-Civilization-Emperor-Understanding/dp/1611720273/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1510679206&sr=1-1&keywords=jing+liu&dpID=61JZ4KwqoaL&preST=_SX218_BO1,204,203,200_QL40_&dpSrc=srch

China has always been a tremendous power and has influenced much of history in that part of the world, so the terse coverage it receives in SOTW makes for some problems in giving children a more coherent idea of what happened almost anywhere East of Turkey.

History of Ideas: I would love to see the author in future editions make a list of resources at the end of each chapter... suggested art, music, important thinkers, scientists, etc. These are things you see in other courses of course, but as the history series tends to be the backbone for the classical education, it would simplify teaching greatly to find a short list of suggested related topics right in the text. I''m getting pretty good at balancing multiple history book (music, art, philosophy) on my desk at the same time, but I would have love to see these things more incorporated. Or, maybe a secondary textbook on history of ideas and culture? I appreciate the trickiness of organizing such a tremendous amount of information, so perhaps that would be the way to go.
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White Raven
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Not a religious book :) Just History like it should be!
Reviewed in the United States on September 19, 2017
I am not Christian, and I was worried that this book would have a lot of Xian mythos and theological musings instead of, you know, the history of the middle ages. I was really pleased to NOT find any of that. Instead, my 10 year old daughter absolutely enjoyed the heck out... See more
I am not Christian, and I was worried that this book would have a lot of Xian mythos and theological musings instead of, you know, the history of the middle ages. I was really pleased to NOT find any of that. Instead, my 10 year old daughter absolutely enjoyed the heck out of this. The content was spot on and easy to comprehend. And I loved how it made her trace the stories through a map incorporating geography. I used a world globe along with this book and I encourage you to do so too. I definitely recommend this regardless of religious affiliation. I''m going to be buying the rest of this series.
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Nicki Truesdell
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Highly recommended history series for all ages!
Reviewed in the United States on January 6, 2016
I''ve been homeschooling my children for 16 years, and was homeschooled as a child, as well. Throughout this journey, I have not seen a more fun and engaging history text for children than Story of the World. It flows like a story (which is how I believe history is best... See more
I''ve been homeschooling my children for 16 years, and was homeschooled as a child, as well. Throughout this journey, I have not seen a more fun and engaging history text for children than Story of the World. It flows like a story (which is how I believe history is best taught) and doesn''t bog down in too many details. I believe it draws students in with the excitement of history and leaves them hungering for more.

I do history with all of my children at the same time, so my current students are 5, 7, 10, and 15. They all enjoy these stories, and are able to see how history is not a disconnected, unrelated jumble of names and dates, but a fascinating story that continues to this day.

We use this book as one of our "spines" and supplement with lots of other books to expand the narrative (as suggested in the Activity Guide in this series). I read aloud from this book (and series) almost daily. Highly recommended!
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momof2
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Great series, don’t like narrator’s voice
Reviewed in the United States on May 2, 2019
This series is great - my children and I really enjoyed the first book. This homeschool year I find that we are spending a lot more time in the car since my children are taking more sports and outside classes. I thought getting the CD set would be perfect. It would have... See more
This series is great - my children and I really enjoyed the first book. This homeschool year I find that we are spending a lot more time in the car since my children are taking more sports and outside classes. I thought getting the CD set would be perfect. It would have been, but for the issue of the narrator’s voice. None of us like it and have a hard time getting past it. I realize that is very subjective, and others may enjoy it, but for us it was a big distraction. I just bought the paperback.
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Sue
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Gets to Important Points & Kids Like It
Reviewed in the United States on March 1, 2014
Pros: The greatest strength of this book is that Mrs. Bauer gets to the point of what is significant about the people or events she presents. Many books tell interesting stories, but few tell why they matter. I really appreciate this facet of the book. In... See more
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The greatest strength of this book is that Mrs. Bauer gets to the point of what is significant about the people or events she presents. Many books tell interesting stories, but few tell why they matter. I really appreciate this facet of the book.

In addition to history, the author gives simplified summaries of significant myths and literature (e.g., Beowulf, the Arabian Nights). These stories are probably one of our daughter''s favorite parts of the book.

Our child likes the readings.

Cons:
In order to give a summary that is simple enough for a child to grasp, many thing must be omitted which inadvertently distorts history, but I don''t see any way around that for this level of study.

Being a survey of world history, there is no connected narrative. You''re in Europe one week and China another. My child finds this interesting, but I wonder if she''ll retain very much of what we''re studying. I would prefer a connected story of Western Civilization to World History.

Conclusion:
Our child enjoys the stories and the author does a good job summarizing what''s significant, rather than burdening students with irrelevant minutiae. I question how much she''ll retain, because each chapter is brief and moves from place to place. However, if she likes it should spark her interest in history as she gets older.

We are finding supplemental readings (biographies or historical fiction) for people who I think are interesting or significant, and I recommend that for anyone who uses this book.

Two other supplements we are using are Bauer''s activity book - the map exercises are nicely done - and the Sonlight "Book of Time," so that we can locate people and events in time as well as place.
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Sanzar Kakar
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Great book, but.....
Reviewed in the United States on July 1, 2020
I loved this book. Great writing and description, LOVELY stories, amazing job at covering everything in the Middle Ages and making it enjoyable to read at the same time.But....I am afraid that Mrs.Baurs didn’t quite put the true facts on Islam and Muhammad.One, in his... See more
I loved this book. Great writing and description, LOVELY stories, amazing job at covering everything in the Middle Ages and making it enjoyable to read at the same time.But....I am afraid that Mrs.Baurs didn’t quite put the true facts on Islam and Muhammad.One, in his ‘vision ‘, there was no music at ALL.And muhammad preached in secret for three years to anyone who listened, then preached in public.Allah told Muhammad to make hegira, and kids don’t need to fast when they are ten.Muhammad did NNT become ruler of Medina or the Islamic Empire.Oh, by the way, if anyone is wondering why Muhammad raided the caravan, then let me tell you the facts.when the Muslims fled Mecca, the disbelievers looted all their left behind wealth.they were going to trade this stolen wealth, so Allah told the Muslims to get their things back.the leader of this caravan heard this and took a different root back to mmecca.he told the Mexicans about this, and they prepared a army of 1000 men to fight the Muslims.the army that went to raid the caravan was only 300men but they won any way.So I love this book a lot lot lot lot🙏🏻😃😃😃😃😃but I really want some facts on Islam please
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Whitney
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Story of the World is Great!
Reviewed in the United States on October 4, 2016
We love Story of the World! After using V.1 with our two oldest children, we knew we wanted to keep using the program and bought v.2. The thing I love about this book is that is can be used for so many different age groups and since it is a story book, you can... See more
We love Story of the World! After using V.1 with our two oldest children, we knew we wanted to keep using the program and bought v.2.

The thing I love about this book is that is can be used for so many different age groups and since it is a story book, you can read it over and over again. I love anything that can be used for many children, it saves me so much money in the long run.

Right now, we are using this, along with the activity books, for our fourth and fifth grader. We do from time to time, come up with extra activities, if the kids have really enjoyed learning something. The two books combined are a pretty complete curriculum.

Story telling can really made history come alive for kids! I highly recommend this program.
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Anna
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Not as good as I expected
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 3, 2021
I really like Susa Bauer’s books (The Well Trained Mind is a must read for parents). Book 1 (Ancient) is also really good and I definitely recommend it. This one has many inconsistencies and some of the examples she gives are absolutely ridiculous. I would say that any...See more
I really like Susa Bauer’s books (The Well Trained Mind is a must read for parents). Book 1 (Ancient) is also really good and I definitely recommend it. This one has many inconsistencies and some of the examples she gives are absolutely ridiculous. I would say that any topic related to the Catholic Church should be viewed with skepticism (she demonstrates a biased view against the Catholic Church). This book is very mainstream so If you are homeschooling or looking for a classic book to teach/supplement history to you children at home I would say there are better ones to use.
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Michele
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Amazing as a stand-alone system or an accompaniment to school as an introduction
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 11, 2018
I love this series. The stories and method of telling history as a continuing story helps the kids remember and push the information so that it sticks. The activity books are properly cool with the best activity in the first book being how to mummify a chicken. Properly...See more
I love this series. The stories and method of telling history as a continuing story helps the kids remember and push the information so that it sticks. The activity books are properly cool with the best activity in the first book being how to mummify a chicken. Properly gruesome and brilliant.
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A good place to start
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 19, 2016
A good place to start...but you need to make it your own. E.g. being American misses out skims some British history - like the Magna Carter
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TEC
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Brilliant cds
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 10, 2018
Absolutely brilliant cds. The boys (8 and 6) love them and we listen to them in the car all the time. I have learnt so much too!
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Katrine Vogt
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Great Book
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 21, 2013
My 10 year old son loved this book as he is really into this time in histroy. It makes history very accessable to younger readers.
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Story of the World, high quality Vol. 2: History for the Classical new arrival Child: The Middle Ages online

Story of the World, high quality Vol. 2: History for the Classical new arrival Child: The Middle Ages online

Story of the World, high quality Vol. 2: History for the Classical new arrival Child: The Middle Ages online

Story of the World, high quality Vol. 2: History for the Classical new arrival Child: The Middle Ages online

Story of the World, high quality Vol. 2: History for the Classical new arrival Child: The Middle Ages online

Story of the World, high quality Vol. 2: History for the Classical new arrival Child: The Middle Ages online

Story of the World, high quality Vol. 2: History for the Classical new arrival Child: The Middle Ages online

Story of the World, high quality Vol. 2: History for the Classical new arrival Child: The Middle Ages online

Story of the World, high quality Vol. 2: History for the Classical new arrival Child: The Middle Ages online

Story of the World, high quality Vol. 2: History for the Classical new arrival Child: The Middle Ages online

Story of the World, high quality Vol. 2: History for the Classical new arrival Child: The Middle Ages online

Story of the World, high quality Vol. 2: History for the Classical new arrival Child: The Middle Ages online

Story of the World, high quality Vol. 2: History for the Classical new arrival Child: The Middle Ages online

Story of the World, high quality Vol. 2: History for the Classical new arrival Child: The Middle Ages online