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This book introduces students to ideas, events and personalities that have created the present-day world. Many of these significant factors either do not find mention in school texts or are not handled with sufficient clarity. This book thus attempts to set them out in a way that challenges young-adult minds. it is hoped that this book will enthuse them to explore the raesons for and the results of important historical developments. Contents Introduction Section I: Aspects of Development Unit 1: Religion Hinduism Buddhism Judaism Christianity Islam Sikhism Zoroastrianism Jainism Confucianism Taoism Unit 2: Science and Learning The Classical Period The Renaissance The Age of Reason The Modern Age Unit 3: Politics The Classical Period The Renaissance The Age of Reason Representative Democracy Unit 4: Language and Identity Features that Create Variations Language as Conduits of Culture. Printed Pages: 75.