As we prepare to enter the 21st century, this book sheds new light on the leaders and thinkers, scientist and inventors, artists and writers who have made an impact on our world. Organised in chronological order, this biographical chronicle charts key international events of the last 1000 years, from 1000 to 1999. Many spreads contain thematic boxes that focus on inventions that have contributed to key aspects of our lives, such as flight and electricity and cross-refer to other related entries. Concise biographies of major figures include scientists, artists, explores, leaders, and social reformers. Feature boxes focus on important events and a continuous timeline tracks the history of the last millennium. A reference section provides a complete list of British kings and queens, prime ministers, Nobel Prize winners, and much more. An accessible and invaluable reference guide for the whole family.