Christian Liberty has updated and rewritten a two-volume history text through a number of printings, although much of the information in both volumes remains as it was many years ago. This is a Christian series that emphasizes the importance of religious and philosophical views throughout history. Both volumes were written by different authors, and Volume 1 is much easier reading than Volume 2.
Volume 1 covers creation through the Reformation. Coverage of history is broad, yet not as in-depth in either content or the handling of ideas as other high school texts such as those from BJUP. However, it offers more comprehensive coverage of ancient history than do many other world history texts, emphasizing a young-earth, creationist understanding of pre-history.
Volume 1 can be used at either junior or senior high level, since the reading level is not difficult. A teacher's guide for Volume 1 offers overviews, objectives, teaching strategies, project ideas, and assessment and evaluation suggestions. Projects generally involve reading, researching, and writing (both brief and lengthy reports.) Usually, there is one hands-on project option per chapter such as "Draw a picture or make a model of the Roman Forum or the Senate" in chapter 7. While there are lists of terms to identify for each chapter, there are no questions. A separate test packet has questions and an answer key.
Volume 2, subtitled "Cultures in Conflict Since the Reformation Until the Third Millenium After Christ," covers modern history (16th century through about 2010, not including President Obama's administration). Although it is a world history text, it is centered around Euro-American considerations, treating many issues primarily from a "Western" viewpoint. As I already mentioned, this book is more challenging than Volume 1. Church history, philosophy, and theology are integrated into historical coverage more than we find in most history texts from Christian publishers. This makes it a good choice for those who want to emphasize a biblical Christian worldview in their coursework. Streams of Civilization is written from the Reformed Protestant theological perspective as well as a conservative political position, and it offers strong opinions based upon the presuppositional ideas inherent to both. Questions and projects at the end of each chapter are excellent.
A visual timeline begins each chapter, and black-and-white or two-color illustrations appear throughout the book. At the end of each chapter is a list of suggested projects that range from discussion questions through building projects. For instance, among the options for chapter eleven in the first volume are writing a detailed report on one of the key figures of the chapter, comparing Mohammed and the founding of Islam with Joseph Smith and the founding of Mormonism, and making a cut-away model of a donjon. A list of vocabulary and concept words is also found at the end of each chapter. A separate test packet is available for Volume 2, and an answer key is available for Volume 2 rather than a teacher's guide.
Streams of Civilization Historical Charts is a packet of timeline charts covering both volumes. Printed on heavy-duty paper, the timelines are illustrated with key figures and events under the typical categories plus church history and intellectual history.