The Student's Friend is a concise narrative of significant events, people, places, and concepts. It is available free from this website.

The Student's Friend provides students and teachers with an understandable overview of world history that focuses on essential knowledge.

the Student's Friend

concise narrative of world history

World History online textbook

If used in place of a standard textbook, the Student's Friend leaves more time in the curriculum to consider important ideas and issues and for in-depth learning activities such as projects, investigations, source analysis, and simulations.

Downloads are available in pdf and MS Word formats. The online version may be used as an online history textbook, also termed a digital textbook or an electronic textbook.


Part 1: Prehistory through 1500

Part 2: 1500 to the Present

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Combining world history and geography


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