Definition of modern history in US English:

modern history


  • History up to the present day, from some arbitrary point taken to represent the end of the Middle Ages. In some contexts it may be contrasted with “ancient” rather than “medieval” history, and start, e.g., from the fall of the Western Roman Empire.

    • ‘Costs are rising faster than in any other time in modern history.’
    • ‘She started night classes in 1997 and quickly developed a taste for medieval and early modern history.’
    • ‘This is a book that could easily be read by high school students studying modern history.’
    • ‘Intelligent, witty and wilful, she went to Oxford where she took a first in modern history.’
    • ‘It's one that has been used all over the world and throughout modern history.’
    • ‘It's an aesthetic novel; a philosophical and a sociological study in modern history.’
    • ‘Another common theme was a complete ignorance of modern history.’
    • ‘I was initially fired up about history at school, but it was through the study of ancient not modern history.’
    • ‘He was the president of the Cambridge Union and was a lecturer in modern history at Southampton University until his recent retirement.’
    • ‘How do you define one of the most powerful black women in modern history?’
    • ‘Many of these essays draw on a case study approach and often integrate medieval and modern history.’
    • ‘The influence of Turkey's modern history on the Turkish present is evident here.’
    • ‘She has been offered a place to study politics and modern history at Oxford.’
    • ‘In modern history, Presidents have come mainly from the ranks of governors.’
    • ‘It created one of the greatest humanitarian crises in modern history.’
    • ‘But to be honest, even after getting a degree in modern history, I still had a passion for just one thing: cooking.’
    • ‘In our modern history, there may have been no time when the law has been so disdained and violated as it is today.’
    • ‘This administration has the greatest feeding frenzy in modern history with special interests.’
    • ‘Will Thai schoolchildren ever get to learn the truth about a defining moment in their country's modern history?’
    • ‘He knew that the enthusiasm of the humanists had been disproved by modern history, which remorselessly dehumanised the world.’


modern history

/ˈˌmädərn ˈhist(ə)rē/