Perspectives on Modern World History examines global historic events from the twentieth-century onward by presenting analysis and observation from numerous vantage points. Each volume offers high school, early college level, and general interest readers a thematically arranged anthology of previously published materials that address a major historical event, with an emphasis on international coverage. Each volume opens with background information on the event, then presents the controversies surrounding that event, and concludes with first-person narratives from people who lived through the event or were affected by it. By providing primary sources from the time of the event, as well as relevant commentary surrounding the event, this series can be used to inform debate, help develop critical thinking skills, increase global awareness, and enhance an understanding of international perspectives on history. The contributors to Perspectives on Modern World History: Chernobyl offer many fascinating, and often contradictory, views of this disaster and its lasting impact. They explore these over the course of three chapters, titled “Historical Background on the Chernobyl Disaster,” “Controversies Surrounding the Chernobyl Disaster,” and “Personal Narratives,” the latter composed of accounts of those who survived the disaster or witnessed its aftermath.