World History Chronology

Evolution of Hominids

Foraging Societies

Settled Agriculture

Primary Urbanization

Classical Empires

Unification of Eurasia

Unification of the Hemispheres

Formation of World Culture

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The Development of Modern Western Civilization


The Development of the Nation-State: 1789-1914

  • 1789-1815: The French Revolution
  • 1815-1848: An Age of Revolutions
  • 1848-1871: The Consolidation of National States

The Industrial Revolution: 1712-1905

  • The First Industrial Revolution: Textiles and Steam: 1712-1830
  • The Spread of the Industrial Revolution: 1830-1875
  • The Second Industrial Revolution: Electricity and Chemicals: 1875-1905

The Development of Scientific Culture: 1800-1914

  • 1819: Oersted discovers electromagnetism
  • 1859: On the Origin of Species is published
  • 1905: Einstein publishes his special theory of relativity

The Development of Mass Society: 1789-1914

  • 1793: The Revolutionary government in France issues the levee en masse
  • 1832: The Great Reform Bill reorganizes Parliament in Great Britain
  • 1884: The Third French Republic legalizes trade unions
  • 1894: The Dreyfus Affair begins in France


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