timelines of history
Beginning with the Earth’s formation, through to the beginning of the modern day, fan favorites like ancient Egypt, Babylon, Harappa, Rome, and Aksum make their debuts. Though they have a less direct impact on the world today, these historic cultures held major influence over the course of history. The inventions of agriculture, fire, megalithic construction, and speech are the foundations of human life, as well as the development of the arts and sciences. Check out our timelines to discover more about these remote (and often unrecognizable) times.
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 easily accessible cross-references that build bite-size pieces of Beginning with the emergence of our earliest African ancestors and taking readers through the history of cultures and nations around the world to arrive at the present day, “Timelines of History” caters to readers who want a broad overview, a good story to read, or the nitty-gritty of historical events.
TIMELINES OF HISTORY covers world history from the first evidence of humans to present day. This meaty volume (500 pages) crams A LOT of information into a relatively “small” book (it’s not the large, coffee-table sized hardcover book I’m accustomed to using). DK has always been good at taking a broad subject and breaking it down into smaller, detailed portions that are easy and enjoyable to consume. But, I found the breadth material covered in this book condensed into a format that was more convoluted and confusing than I would have expected.
Got it sorted? Then why not test your knowledge of time in history by trying out this mini-quiz.
Chronology or putting things in the right order is very important in history. Can you imagine how confused you would be if you didn’t know that the Romans arrived in Britain before William the Conquerer or that Queen Victoria came to the throne after Queen Elizabeth I? This is why dates are so important to the study of history. The most commonly used system of dating things in history is the one which we use every day that is based on the Gregorian Calendar.
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