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The History of China

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China’s unmatched ability to reinvent itself over the centuries is perhaps its most timeless asset. Even in the wake of violent civil wars, Mongol invaders, and turbulent governance, China has…
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The Geography of China

Sacred and Historic Places
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With its flourishing metropolises, China has come to be identified with urban life and rapid technological advancement. Yet much of its landscape also boasts communities sustained by wondrous natural…
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The History of India

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Because of its natural wealth, India has long been a tempting prize for invaders, yet foreign forces such as the Mughal Empire and the British did not destroy India’s vibrant spirit. Rather,…
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The Geography of India

Sacred and Historic Places
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With a landscape as diverse as the multitude of people that inhabit it, India hosts a wide range of communities, from remote villages nestled in the Himalayas to thriving urban centers. In many ways,…
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The Age of Exploration

From Christopher Columbus to Ferdinand Magellan
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The Age of Exploration, which spanned roughly from 1400 to 1550, was the first time in history that European powers—eyeing new trade routes to the East or seeking to establish empires—began…
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Explorers in the 20th and 21st Centuries

From Auguste Piccard to James Cameron
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Technological advances—including pressurized cabins for hot air balloons, rocketry that powers spacecraft, and deep-sea diving gear—have changed the face of exploration. What hasn’t changed…
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Explorers of Antiquity

From Alexander the Great to Marco Polo
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Crossing geographic and cultural boundaries at a time when much of the world remained uncharted was a challenge faced by ancient explorers. Long before the Golden Age of Exploration, an assortment of…
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Explorers of the Late Renaissance and the Enlightenment

From Sir Francis Drake to Mungo Park
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As the Age of Exploration came to a close, the world seemed to be a significantly smaller place than it once was, with more major landmasses identified on the global map. Yet questions and unknowns…
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Nineteenth-Century Explorers

From Lewis and Clark to David Livingstone
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Although the once-fuzzy outlines of the global map had largely been defined by the 19th century, much had yet to be learned. As some explorers continued to search either for resources or for unknown…
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The Britannica Guide to Explorers and Explorations That Changed the Modern World

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There was a time when every voyage contained an element of the unknown. Today, however, the world spreads out before us carefully mapped and plotted. One must credit explorers with this…
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George W. Bush

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George W. Bush emerged from his father’s shadow and in 2000 was elected US president, the first since 1888 to be elected despite losing the popular vote. Readers will examine his two terms and their…
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Geologists at Work

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Geology—the study of the Earth itself, its makeup and structure, and the processes that form them—is endlessly fascinating. Geologists help us understand our world and provide knowledge that helps…
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