TimeMaps - World History Blog http://www.timemaps.com Tue, 25 Apr 2017 11:40:22 +0000 Tue, 25 Apr 2017 11:40:22 +0000 It's been a long time..... Timemaps is getting a new website http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/its-been-a-long-time Sat, 04 Mar 2017 11:15:52 +0000 I hope a Greek phrase isn't applicable to today's world We live in times with uncanny parallels to the 1930s; let us hope and pray that the outcomes are not the same. http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/donald-trump-world-history Wed, 09 Nov 2016 21:09:24 +0000 A date which changed history October 14th 1066 was a date which changed English - and World - history, but not necessarily for reasons which are obvious http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/1066-battle-of-hastings Fri, 14 Oct 2016 10:12:47 +0000 The label "Persian civilization" is misleading "Persian civilization" was the work of many Iranian peoples, not just the Persians, and should more accurately be called "Iranian civilization" http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/persian-iranian-civilization Fri, 30 Sep 2016 16:14:14 +0000 New articles on ancient Persia I have posted new articles on ancient Persia, to fill out our coverage of this great civilization http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/new-articles-persian-civilization Thu, 22 Sep 2016 19:01:56 +0000 A lovely Mediterranean island - with a jewel of a capital city Just back from a holiday in Majorca - a lovely place with one of the most enchanting cities I have ever visited for its capital http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/majorca Tue, 20 Sep 2016 10:15:53 +0000 New teaching unit for world history teachers New teaching units on world history using the Timemap of World History to help students explore different themes and topics, especially links between regions and civilizations http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/world-history-teaching-units Wed, 31 Aug 2016 11:26:35 +0000 Alexander the Great's Successors - men of violence Instead of peaceably dividing the world amongst themselves, Alexander the Great's successors went to war with each other http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/alexander-the-greats-successors Sat, 13 Aug 2016 12:47:57 +0000 Alexander the Great and the downfall of his dynasty Alexander the Great's conquests created the circumstances in which, after his early death, his relatives could not be allowed to live. http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/alexander-the-great-and-the-downfall-of-his-dynasty Wed, 27 Jul 2016 11:38:20 +0000 Anyone know of maps of ancient and medieval Rome? Does anyone know of maps of ancient and medieval Rome which show the development the city at different dates? http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/maps-of-ancient-rome Thu, 14 Jul 2016 12:44:59 +0000 A significant event, but an awful one The events of the last few days remind me of the Chinese curse, "May you live in interesting times". http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/britain-referendum Sun, 03 Jul 2016 22:20:26 +0000 Let's have a little respect for each other The UK and the USA are both reeling from tragedies at the moment; we'll overcome the divisions within society by showing a little respect for each other. http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/usa-uk-divisions-respect Sat, 18 Jun 2016 10:51:12 +0000 New articles on ancient Babylon Two new articles have been put up on the Timemap of World History, both on ancient Babylon - but is that really what they should be called? http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/ancient-babylon-articles Fri, 10 Jun 2016 10:35:10 +0000 Britain's history clearly shows that it is part of Europe This month the UK votes on whether or not to be part of Europe; but Britain's history shows that, whether we like it or not, we ARE part of Europe. http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/britain-and-europe Tue, 07 Jun 2016 11:40:59 +0000 New articles on the Roman empire Three new articles on the Roman empire have been put up on the Timemap of World History http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/new-articles-roman-empire Mon, 23 May 2016 16:46:01 +0000 Scholars behaving badly It seems that historians, anthropologists and probably other scholars ignore or downplay evidence which does not support their preconceived ideas http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/fall-of-roman-empire-and-violence-in-small-scale-societies Fri, 13 May 2016 21:33:01 +0000 The decline and fall of two ancient empires - contrast and compare The decline and fall of the Roman empire in Europe and Han empire in China had many similarities and many differences - there should be books devoted to this! http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/roman-han-empire-decline-fall Fri, 29 Apr 2016 10:09:21 +0000 The Fall of Rome was not a walk in the park Many of today's historians represent the Fall of Rome as a time of peaceful transition; one recent book flows this idea away. http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/fall-of-roman-empire Thu, 14 Apr 2016 18:55:31 +0000 The British empire had one overriding fault The British empire was marred by racial prejudice, where or not it was "good" or "bad" in other respects http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/british-empire-good-bad Tue, 05 Apr 2016 21:56:24 +0000 Timemaps and the AP World History program We are working to make the Timemaps World History site more robustly support the AP World History program. http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/ap-world-history-and-timemaps-period-1 Sat, 19 Mar 2016 12:03:07 +0000 A long-ago event in India's history is still important today We would be wrong to think that long-ago events in India's history are irrelevant today. The Buddha's Enlightenment, for example, helped shaped modern India, and the modern world. http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/great-events-in-world-and-indian-history Wed, 16 Mar 2016 12:25:28 +0000 Cultural differences on a beach in Indonesia A scene on a beach in Indonesia shows what a small planet we live on, and how we are divided by divergent cultures http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/cultural-differences-in-indonesia Tue, 01 Mar 2016 12:07:40 +0000 Thoughts on flying over a city important in ancient China The city of Chengdu was already important in ancient China, and still is important today: it is a fine example of how cities around the world can survive the ups and downs of history. http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/city-of-ancient-china Thu, 18 Feb 2016 11:49:29 +0000 History of Palestine The city-states and kingdoms of Palestine were independent and prosperous until the mid-8th century BC, when the region fell under Assyrian domination. More conquerors followed. http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/history-of-palestine Fri, 29 Jan 2016 12:24:00 +0000 The History of Arabia Until about 1000 BC there was little human settlement of the Arabian peninsula. The domestication of the camel led to the rise of the nomadic Bedouin lifestyle, and in the south an urban, mercantile civilization developed. http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/the-history-of-arabia Wed, 27 Jan 2016 12:12:49 +0000 Middle Eastern History The ancient Middle East was home to the first civilizations in world history. These developed and flourished for millennia before falling victim to foreign invaders. http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/midde-eastern-history Mon, 25 Jan 2016 11:25:34 +0000 European History: Part 8 In the period 30 BC to 200 AD much of Europe experienced two centuries of peace and prosperity under the Roman empire, centred on the huge imperial city of Rome. http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/european-history-part-8 Wed, 20 Jan 2016 12:25:17 +0000 European History: Part 7 By 30BC, the Roman Empire dominated the Mediterranean lands and western Europe, including Gaul (modern day France). http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/european-history-part-7 Mon, 18 Jan 2016 11:47:02 +0000 European History: Part 6 The period from 500 BC to 200 BC saw Greek civilization reach its peak in the east, the city of Rome rise to dominate the western Mediterranean. http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/european-history-part-6 Tue, 12 Jan 2016 11:34:38 +0000 A period of India's past which seems to fall between the pages of history The period between the Moghul Empire and the British Raj is an important and fascinating one, but receives less attention that it deserves http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/indian-history-post-mogul-empire Wed, 06 Jan 2016 11:06:35 +0000 Christianity, and the freedom not to believe, in Western civilization The freedom not to have a religious faith is a distinctive, important and hard won part of Western thought and culture http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/christianity-and-non-belief-in-western-civilization Thu, 24 Dec 2015 15:29:52 +0000 European History: Part 5 In the first millennium BC, the iron age was taking hold. In the Mediterranean region great civilizations such as that of the ancient Greeks, based on the city-state republic, had emerged. http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/european-history-part-5 Fri, 18 Dec 2015 15:22:37 +0000 European History: Part 4 The brilliant Minoan and Mycenaean civilizations had vanished by 1000BC, and small farming settlements were located where once fortified settlements grew. http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/european-history-part-4 Tue, 15 Dec 2015 15:13:00 +0000 European History: Part 3 In the period 2000 to 1500 BC, the first literate civilizations in Europe were beginning to emerge, in the eastern Mediterranean. http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/european-history-part-3 Thu, 10 Dec 2015 11:22:31 +0000 European History: Part 2 By 2500 BC, Europe is still largely inhabited by Stone Age farming communities. At this time Indo-Europeans are moving into Europe from the east. http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/european-history-part-2 Thu, 03 Dec 2015 11:55:02 +0000 European History: Part 1 By 3500, farming culture was a major part of culture in Europe. Stone Age farming villages were dotted around the landscape of Europe spreading over many thousands of years. http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/european-history-part-1 Wed, 25 Nov 2015 11:40:49 +0000 Ancient Roman History The history of Ancient Rome is that of the rise and fall of one of the greatest empires in world history. Its story is one of survival. http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/ancient-roman-history Tue, 24 Nov 2015 11:49:14 +0000 The History of Ancient Greece The history of Ancient Greece encompasses the rise and fall of the Minoan and Mycenaean civilizations. http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/the-history-of-ancient-greece-encompasses-the-rise-and-fall-of-the-minoan-and-mycenaean-civilization Wed, 18 Nov 2015 11:47:35 +0000 The History of Ancient Egypt: Part 5 The once great civilization of Egypt was experiencing a period of major decline. Despite a brief revival around 600BC, Egypt was unable to deal with threats from Assyria and then Persia. http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/the-history-of-ancient-egypt-part-5 Tue, 10 Nov 2015 11:12:26 +0000 Today's great migrations: nothing new in world history Great migrations of history have occurred throughout in world history; today's are nothing new. http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/great-migrations-in-world-history2 Mon, 09 Nov 2015 12:37:56 +0000 The History of Ancient Egypt: Part 4 The 500 year period between 1500 BC and 1000 BC was when the civilization of ancient Egypt reached its height. Its dominance was based on a strong monarchy and a system of imperialism and international trade. http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/the-history-of-ancient-egypt-part-4 Fri, 30 Oct 2015 11:10:09 +0000 ...and history did NOT come to a full stop It is easy to think that history is all in the past - but it isn't. http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/history-still-happens Thu, 29 Oct 2015 09:28:30 +0000 The History of Ancient Egypt: Part 3 This was a period that saw Egypt go through a time of weakness, a period of power struggles against the ruling dynasties.However they came through in a period of strength that saw it through it's most glorious era. http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/the-history-of-ancient-egypt-part-3 Wed, 28 Oct 2015 12:06:01 +0000 The History of Ancient Egypt: Part 2 This was the period that saw the civilization of Ancient Egypt reach full maturity. Until around 3000BC the country was fragmented, but it was then unified under the first dynasty of Egypt. http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/the-history-of-ancient-egypt-part-2 Mon, 26 Oct 2015 11:39:10 +0000 The History of Ancient Egypt: Part 1 Around 3500 BC. the civilization of Ancient Egypt began to develop. Over time farmers had learned to tame the flood waters of the river Nile, so that abundant crops could be cultivated. http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/the-history-of-ancient-egypt-part-1 Fri, 23 Oct 2015 12:00:50 +0000 Blog: The First Civilization - Ancient Mesopotamia The Sumerian civilization was the first in human history. It was located in Mesopotamia (in modern day Iraq), and was only able to flourish because of the great irrigation system based on the rivers Tigris and Euphrates. http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/blog-the-first-civilization-ancient-mesopotamia Thu, 22 Oct 2015 12:10:11 +0000 Short: The History of Western Civilization The Modern west, or the "West" as it is known, is that civilization which grew up in Europe after the Middle Ages, and which spread to the Americas, Australia, New Zealand and much of the rest of the world. http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/short-the-history-of-western-civilization Thu, 15 Oct 2015 11:26:54 +0000 A new service from Timemaps - coming soon! We at Timemaps are developing a premium subscription service designed specially for teachers of world history. http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/a-new-service-from-timemaps-for-world-history-teachers Thu, 15 Oct 2015 10:43:45 +0000 Go to Crete! Crete is an island which reeks of history: the Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Venetians and Ottoman Turks were all there, and before them the amazing Minoan civilization filled the island with its palaces and cities. http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/crete Tue, 06 Oct 2015 16:20:29 +0000 Short: The Mongol Empire The unification of Mongol tribes under Genghis Khan in the 13th century was followed by their conquest of a huge swathe of Asia and Europe. http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/short-the-mongol-empire Tue, 06 Oct 2015 14:45:01 +0000 Short: Medieval Europe: government, politics and war Medieval European society was geared to war, and warfare played a large part in the history of Europe during this period, helping lay the foundations of the modern West. http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/short-medieval-europe-government-politics-and-war Tue, 29 Sep 2015 12:12:23 +0000 A Short Piece on Feudalism in Medieval Europe. Much of Medieval Europe was dominated by a social and political system which is commonly called "feudalism". http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/a-short-piece-on-feudalism-in-medieval-europe Wed, 16 Sep 2015 11:31:04 +0000 A forthcoming service on Timemaps aimed at teachers and students 2 The forthcoming premium service for teachers will initially be aimed at AP world history and will include animated interactive maps of different historical episodes, with additional teaching resources. http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/timemaps-for-teachers-and-students-ap-world-history-2 Tue, 15 Sep 2015 11:28:35 +0000 A forthcoming service on Timemaps aimed at teachers and students News about a forthcoming premium service on the Timemap of World History aimed at teachers, initially of the AP World History course http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/timemaps-for-teachers-and-students-ap-world-history Tue, 15 Sep 2015 10:57:01 +0000 The Medieval Church of European Huistory. The Christian church was an immensely wealthy and powerful institution in medieval Europe, and the predominant cultural influence over all aspects of people's lives. http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/the-medieval-church-of-european-huistory Fri, 11 Sep 2015 13:22:23 +0000 A Short History of Medieval Europe The medieval period of European history, also known as the "Middle Ages", was a period of approximately 1000 years during which many of the foundations of the modern world were laid during this time. http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/a-short-history-of-medieval-europe Thu, 10 Sep 2015 11:57:47 +0000 The Islamic Caliphate The Islamic Caliphate appeared in the 7th and 8th centuries, formed by the vast conquests of Arab armies. It came to an end in the 13th Century with the killing of its last caliph by the Mongols. http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/the-islamic-caliphate Fri, 04 Sep 2015 12:34:04 +0000 The Mauryan Empire of Ancient India The Mauyran empire was at its height during the reign of Asoka (269-232 BC). http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/the-mauryan-empire-of-ancient-india Thu, 06 Aug 2015 14:03:04 +0000 The History of Classical Age India The Classical Age of ancient India was one of great cultural and religious achievement; above all it saw the emergence of Buddhism. http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/the-history-of-classical-age-india Fri, 31 Jul 2015 10:20:54 +0000 The Vedic Age of Ancient India The Vedic Age is the "heroic age" of ancient India. It is the formative period when the basic foundations of Indian civilization were laid down. http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/the-vedic-age-of-ancient-india Tue, 28 Jul 2015 10:14:03 +0000 The Ancient Indus Valley Civilization The Indus Valley civilization was one of the oldest civilizations in world history, beginning around 3000 BC. http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/the-ancient-indus-valley-civilization Fri, 24 Jul 2015 15:20:00 +0000 Ancient Indian Civilization India was one of the great seats of ancient civilization, beginning in about 2800BC in the Indus Valley. http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/ancient-indian-civilization Tue, 21 Jul 2015 14:35:21 +0000 The Han Dynasty of Ancient China The Han dynasty was one of the most important dynasties in all Chinese history, spanning about 400 years. http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/the-han-dynasty-of-ancient-china Tue, 14 Jul 2015 12:57:53 +0000 The Qin Dynasty of Ancient China. Qin was one of the leading states in the "Warring States" period of ancient China, before conquering all the other states to become the first imperial dynasty in Chinese history. http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/the-qin-dynasty-of-ancient-china Mon, 13 Jul 2015 14:23:31 +0000 Taxation - an unsung hero in world history Taxation has been a major step forward in world history - although unpopular and difficult to introduce, it has allowed states and civilizations to advance. http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/world-history-taxation Mon, 13 Jul 2015 11:52:12 +0000 A Short Summary of the Chinese Zhou Dynasty The Zhou dynasty was the longest in all Chinese history, and was a period of dramatic transformation in all aspects of Chinese civilization. http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/a-short-summary-of-the-chinese-zhou-dynasty Fri, 10 Jul 2015 14:26:08 +0000 A Short Summary of the Shang Dynasty Although the Shang was the second dynasty in traditional Chinese histories, it was the first for which we have written evidence. http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/a-short-summary-of-the-shang-dynasty Thu, 09 Jul 2015 12:12:55 +0000 A Summary of Ancient China China has one of the worldâs oldest civilizations, going back to before 1700 BC. Its ancient history lasted until the end of the great Han dynasty, in 200 AD. http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/a-summary-of-ancient-china Tue, 07 Jul 2015 10:36:07 +0000 A short blog on Etruscan Civilization The Ancient Civilization of the Etruscans is located in central Italy just north of Rome and is known this day as modern day Tuscany. http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/a-short-blog-on-etruscan-civilization Fri, 03 Jul 2015 11:18:21 +0000 The Roman Empire For more than two centuries the Roman Empire was governed by a political system known as the Principate. http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/the-roman-empire Wed, 01 Jul 2015 11:42:23 +0000 Anglo-Saxons and Britons - massacre or merger? A recent book claims that Britons and Anglo-Saxons lived together in peace (more or less) after Rome's withdrawal from Britain - but I find this hard to believe. http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/britain-after-rome Wed, 01 Jul 2015 11:39:18 +0000 A Summary of the Roman Republic Throughout the period of the Republic, Roman government involved a mix of different institutions. These institutions governed Rome while its power grew until it ruled a great Empire. http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/a-summary-of-the-roman-republic Fri, 26 Jun 2015 12:02:43 +0000 A summary of Ancient Rome Like most ancient civilizations Rome started out as a farming society primary but grew to become one of the most powerful, sophisticated and urbanised civilizations of the ancient world. http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/a-summary-of-ancient-rome Thu, 25 Jun 2015 11:04:00 +0000 Ancient Israel Summary The Israelites were only a small nation in ancient times, but they had a huge impact on later world history by giving birth to the first of the great monotheistic religions. http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/ancient-israel-summary Tue, 23 Jun 2015 12:35:21 +0000 Ancient Minoan Civilization The Minoans of Crete developed the first European civilization. Their culture was centered on numerous magnificent palaces, and their sea power dominated the eastern Mediterranean. http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/ancient-minoan-civilization Mon, 22 Jun 2015 11:00:08 +0000 Ancient Assyria Assyria presided over one of the final phases of ancient Mesopotamian civilization, during which period it ruled the first major empire in world history. http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/ancient-assyria Fri, 19 Jun 2015 13:28:25 +0000 Death rates in history Life expectancy was appallingly low in the past http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/death-rates-in-history Mon, 15 Jun 2015 10:36:03 +0000 A Short Commentary on Palmyra The ancient city of Palmyra hit the headlines recently. The last time it caused a stir was in the late 200's AD, when under its famous queen Zenobia it defied the mighty Roman empire. http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/a-short-commentary-on-palmyra Fri, 12 Jun 2015 14:30:15 +0000 Ancient Egyptian Civilization The ancient civilization of Egypt was centered on the River Nile as an important part of its trade and agriculture. http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/ancient-egyptian-civilization Tue, 09 Jun 2015 16:04:07 +0000 Palmyra hits the headlines again (after nearly 2000 years) Palmyra was an obscure city which had a moment in the limelight in the 3rd century, and which has hit the headlines again in the 21st century! http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/palmyra-roman-history Thu, 04 Jun 2015 19:11:15 +0000 Farming from 10,000BC The rise of farming and agriculture came from 10,000BC in a sparse world where hunter gatherer peoples learned to hunt game and cultivate plant life. http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/farming-from-10000bc Thu, 04 Jun 2015 11:54:29 +0000 Empires in history - not so bad, perhaps The great empires of world history have given peace and security to tens of millions of people http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/empires Fri, 29 May 2015 14:46:26 +0000 The Hunter Gatherers of 10,000BC The Hunter Gatherers were an ancient society of foragers. Before agriculture and farming, the ancient people of 10,000BC hunted their food and plant life and vegetation to survive. http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/hunter-gatherers-short Fri, 29 May 2015 09:38:37 +0000 Timemaps and AP World History We are putting up pages for teachers of Advanced Placement (AP) World History, and how the Timemap of World History can supplement their current resources. http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/ap-world-history-and-timemaps Tue, 19 May 2015 19:09:00 +0000 New articles on ancient Assyria Two new articles on ancient Assyria have just been published on the Timemap of Wold History http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/new-articles-ancient-assyria Wed, 06 May 2015 13:01:23 +0000 Christian missionaries in Africa - part of my family history The role of missionaries in Africa and other places in colonial times was by no means entirely negative http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/christianity-european-missionaries-africa Fri, 24 Apr 2015 18:33:44 +0000 New articles on Ancient China New articles have been published in the Timemap of World History, on Ancient China http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/new-articles-on-ancient-china Mon, 13 Apr 2015 16:16:14 +0000 Some more beads Some beads shed light on trade in the Bronze Age http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/bronze-age-beads-made-in-ancient-egypt Sat, 28 Mar 2015 19:46:38 +0000 Some beads in African and World History A small collection of beads is testament to long-distance trade in Africa and world history http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/beads-in-african-world-history Mon, 23 Mar 2015 10:34:33 +0000 A further shock to Western civilization: encountering other civilizations When European explorers discovered the world, they were shocked to find other civilizations more advanced than their own http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/chinese-and-western-civilization Wed, 18 Mar 2015 18:40:41 +0000 Great historical families are a mirage The more you study historical families, whether in British, Roman or Chinese history, the more you realise that they are a mirage http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/historic-families-in-british-roman-chinese-history Sat, 14 Mar 2015 12:05:57 +0000 Some Anglo-Irish ancestors Repeated marriages between cousins within a group of gentry families in Northern Ireland makes for uncomfortable reading for their descendant - me! http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/gentry-ancestors-in-ireland Tue, 10 Mar 2015 21:17:27 +0000 A new article on the Ottoman empire A new article has gone up on the Timemap of World History; it's on the Ottoman empire, one of the great empires in world history http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/ottoman-empire-article Thu, 05 Mar 2015 10:19:37 +0000 A wonderful attempt at a visual overview of world history The Histomap of the 1930s is a wonderful attempt at a visual overview of world history http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/visual-overview-of-world-history Mon, 02 Mar 2015 11:28:14 +0000 How to get at the history of Austria Our Timemap of World History covers the histories of individual countries as well as civilizations, empires and the big regions of the world. http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/history-of-countries-in-timemap-of-world-history Fri, 27 Feb 2015 18:53:10 +0000 A new article on the Mongol Empire Read a new article on the rise and fall of the Mongol Empire on our Timemap of World History http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/mongol-empire Tue, 24 Feb 2015 20:25:29 +0000 The second great shock to Western civilization: the Renaissance The second shock to Western civilization was the Renaissance. This was a direct result of the first shock, the fall of the Roman empire, even though it came a thousand years later http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/renaissance-western-civilization Fri, 20 Feb 2015 10:20:18 +0000 Article on Ancient Greece gets a new look I am starting to put images into our articles on civilizations; the one on Ancient Greece is the first http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/images-ancient-greece Wed, 18 Feb 2015 10:24:10 +0000 The first great shock to Western civilization Western civilization received a huge shock after the end of the Roman empire, whereas China did not after the fall of the Han. This fact had an enormous impact on world history. http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/western-civilisation-fall-of-roman-empire Fri, 13 Feb 2015 11:41:27 +0000 The most unstable civilization in world history! Unlike other great civilizations in world history, such as those of China or India, Western civilization has experienced a series of transformational changes which each fundamentally altered the very nature of Western civilization itself http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/chinese-indian-western-civilizations-in-world-history Mon, 09 Feb 2015 15:36:24 +0000