all of history timeline

world history and timelines, covering ancient and recent periods broken out by millennium.

all of history timeline

Late modernity, if it can be meaningfully distinguished from “now” ends with World War II and the beginning of the atomic era. The late modern period is characterized by industry, locomotion, the peak of colonialism in Africa and Asia, and the beginnings of industrialized warfare. By the end of this time period, the multinational empires of the past will begin to break apart, paving the way for the current nations of the world.
With the “rediscovery” of Classical learning in the West, the invention of new economic models like mercantilism, and increased contact around the globe, the world begins to take the shape it has today. Early modernity will see the creation of the nation-state, the rise of capitalism and colonialism, and the beginnings of industrialization. Across the entire world, from Mali to the Maratha, this time period will see the consolidation and rise of thousands of notable polities and countries. Explore some of the highlights from this defining period of human history.

world population of humans passes 5 million
sea-going trade, in dyes (Phoenicians, Mediterranean)

2017 January – President Trump signs executive orders restricting visas for people seeking to enter the US from certain Muslim-majority countries, and barring funding for cities that shelter illegal immigrants. Both policies are blocked by the courts.
2008 September – Turmoil in the US and international financial markets as major Wall Street investment bank Lehman Brothers collapses and other big US financial players face growing troubles as a result of the “credit crunch”.

All of history timeline
A chart that covers global events for several centuries should not name individual people (too few can be named, it would overcrowd and distort the general picture). A chart that deals with one topic, say major philosophical movements and thinkers through all time, should not name people that are generally seen as only of local or even national significance.

  • There is no time limit. It may take a year. It make take two years. In fact it will never be ready since more and more detailed timelines can be added.
  • Wikipedia itself is proof that almost no task is too big when enough enthusiastic people put their hands together.
  • Much of the data gathering has already been done. Each timeline can draw from several articles containing all relevant data. The task is therefore more an editorial one:
    • Where to draw the boundaries per timeline (period, geography, topics) ?
    • Which data to add to a timeline (type of data, level of detail)?
    • How to present the data?

Illustration by Erik Carter
Updated at 6:13 p.m. ET on May 14, 2020.