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 Evolution of the Hominids: 5,000,000 to 25,000 BC

  • 5,000,000 - 1,000,000 BC: Australopithecus
  • 2,200,000 - 1,600,000 BC: Homo habilis
  • 500,000 - 80,000 BC: Homo sapiens

Foraging Societies: 30,000 to 8,000

  • c. 27,000 - 23,000 Dolni Vestonice

Settled Agricultural Societies:10,000 to 3,500

  • 5,000 BC: Catal Huyuk

Primary Urban Societies: From 3500 BC

  • 3,300 BC: First Sumerian cities
  • 3100 BC: Beginnings of Egyptian civilization
  • 2500 BC: Harappan Civilization
  • 1800 BC: Shang dynasty in China
  • 1200 BC: Olmec culture in Mesoamerica
  • AD 400: Jenne-Jeno in Nigeria

River Valley Empires From 3200 BC to AD 200

  • 3200-1500 BC: River Valley Empires
  • 2000 - 200 BC: Barbarian Invasions and Imperial Responses
  • 600 - 400 BC: The "Axial Age"

Unification and Interaction in the Eurasian Ecumene 200 to 1500

  • 130 BC- AD 200: Formation of the Eurasian Ecumene
  • 200-900: Barbarian Invasions and internal turmoil
  • 630-725: The Age of Islamic Expansion
  • 1200-1350: The Age of Mongol Dominance
  • 1350-1700: The Second Age of Islamic Expansion

Unification and Interaction between the Hemispheres 1500 to 1800

  • 1400-1650: Voyages of Discovery.
  • 1500-1800: The Age of Chinese Dominance
  • 1500-1900: Unification of the Hemispheres
  • 1500-1700: The First Period of European Imperialism
  • 1850-1920: The New Imperialism

The Formation of World Culture 1800 to The Present

  • The Development and Spread of Western Civilization
    • The Development of the Nation-State
    • The Development of Scientific Culture
    • The Industrial Revolution
  • The New Imperialism
  • The World Wars
  • The Cold War
  • Decolonization


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