World history can seem intimidating, but it is simply a giant jigsaw. The best way of studying it is by developing a framework, or map so you can see it in context.
Timelines are an ideal tool for consolidating world history. Whereas typical timelines give you lots of names and dates, our timelines are a little different. We present the most important facts in a simple narrative form, focusing on key periods (eras) as opposed to concentrating on key moments.
We take each era and describe how it is bound together by coherent themes; for instance the Mechanized Era is defined by the development of machines and the rise of mass culture. This method means you can assimilate small amounts of information that encompasses entire centuries.
There is a danger that comes with covering over six thousand years of civilization. It can be intimidating, and there is always pieces of information lost or ignored. This is unavoidable, but our eras pencil in the broad strokes so you can fill in the color and details later. Pre-1500 AD divides neatly into just three historical eras – formative, ancient and medieval. And the following 500 years comprises another three – renaissance, industrial and mechanized. So whether you're interested in ancient or modern history, you are only presented with three eras to study; six if you want to study the whole world.
Using our timeline framework, you're no longer lost, you have a map. We have given you a starting point with enough basic information so that if you choose to study one era further you will find that what you have learned here will allow a deeper understanding of the subject.