Strong financial powers and growing misery, extreme forms of fundamentalist terrorism, hundreds of war outbreaks, and in the background, the scenario of the politics and economies of different countries, such as China and India. These are the major issues that Appendix IX addresses first of all, both in treating the political and economic history of all the countries of the world, and in the major components of our civilization, through the voices of four hundred and thirty authors, among the leading experts in Italy and worldwide, in their various fields.
Themes examined not only in their transversality, but also Nation by Nation, to each of which an item is dedicated, with updated data and guidelines from the last decade. The work is completed by its Indices, which contain over 45,000 index entries relating to the headwords and subheadings in the Grande Treccani and the Appendices, plus a complete list of the authors who have collaborated. The latter come with loose abbreviations of the names that appear at the bottom of each entry of the Italian Encyclopaedia and Appendices, up to the Third, subsequently replaced, in subsequent issues, by the author's name in full.