Context of The world, historical and actual, what has been and what is : our globe in its relations to other worlds and before man; ancient nations in the order of their antiquity; the Middle ages and their darkness; the present peoples of the Earth in their gradual emergence from barbarism into the sunlight of to-day, and as they now stand upon the plane of civilization; together with useful and instructive charts, reference tables of history, finance, commerce and literature from B.C. 1500 to the present time, by Frank Gilbert