(1945. . .) The Modern World covers the period from the end of World War II to the present. The rebuilding of postwar Europe, the advent of the Cold War, space exploration, the collapse of Soviet communism, and the explosion of advanced technologies in the late 20th century figure prominently in this volume. Also discussed are the contributions and influence of historic personalities such as Mahatma Gandhi, Nikita Khrushchev, Mikhail Gorbachev, and American presidents from Harry Truman to Bill Clinton. Challenging map exercises and provocative review questions encourage meaningful reflection and historical analysis.