TimeMaps - World History Blog http://www.timemaps.com Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:30:16 +0000 Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:30:16 +0000 BC, AD, BCE and CE - what's in a dating label? We have been criticised for using BC and AD instead of BCE and CE - so here's our justification for doing so! http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/dating-world-history Thu, 10 Apr 2014 12:59:38 +0000 Ukraine again The issue of Russia and Ukraine is not simple one http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/russia-ukraine-crimea Mon, 31 Mar 2014 14:33:20 +0000 Some great cities in history Certain great cities such as London in Britain, Edo (Tokyo) in Japan, and ancient Rome, have had a huge impact on the wider economies in which they were located. http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/london-tokyo-ancient-rome Sat, 22 Mar 2014 19:11:36 +0000 More on London The growth of London illustrates the fact that economic developments can be the result of political factors. http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/more-on-london Sat, 15 Mar 2014 12:06:35 +0000 London's dominance of the British economy The roots of London's dominance of Britain's economy go back to medieval times http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/london Fri, 07 Mar 2014 18:47:21 +0000 Why did China find it so hard to meet the Western challenge in the 19th century? The Chinese response to the Western challenge in the 19th century was undermined by the fact that they were ruled by a foreign dynasty. http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/chinese-response-to-the-west Sat, 01 Mar 2014 19:30:13 +0000 The historic roots of Ukraine's problems Maps of Russia and Ukraine through history clearly show the reasons for the trouble in Ukraine today. http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/ukraine Sat, 22 Feb 2014 11:32:14 +0000 More on social mobility (or its lack) History seems to show that elite families keep their status within the ruling class through access to social privileges denied the rest of society. http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/social-mobility-2 Fri, 14 Feb 2014 18:12:44 +0000 Social mobility through history A new book says that social mobility is very rare and very gradual, whatever society one looks at in world history - but I will be hard to convince! http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/society-through-world-history Fri, 07 Feb 2014 16:13:27 +0000 Timemap of World History articles This is a progress report on a part of our TimeMap of World History which not many users know about - our articles http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/articles Fri, 31 Jan 2014 18:22:21 +0000 Change and Civilizations All civilizations change over time, but some change so drastically that they cease to be the same civilization. How, and why, does this occur? http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/change-and-civilizations Tue, 21 Jan 2014 16:19:35 +0000 Puzzling historical relics of European history The miniature states of Europe are puzzling relics of the Medieval European past - as my forthcoming series of articles will show http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/relics-of-european-history Fri, 17 Jan 2014 17:09:44 +0000 Happy New Year! An update on TimeMaps developments for early 2014 http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/timemaps-update-2014 Wed, 08 Jan 2014 19:58:54 +0000 Venice - is it really part of Italy? The history of Venice is very distinct from that of the rest of Italy http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/is-venice-really-part-of-italy Wed, 18 Dec 2013 19:16:08 +0000 What's the point of Cities? Cities make civilizations - their appearance marked a major advance in world history http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/cities-and-civilization Fri, 13 Dec 2013 16:54:02 +0000 That odd place Galilee Galilee was not a proper part of the Jewish world, in the minds of the Jews of Judea - why not? http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/that-odd-place-galilee Tue, 10 Dec 2013 18:03:20 +0000 Who was Herod the Great? Herod the Great was in power when the Roman world was in convulsions http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/herod-the-great Sat, 07 Dec 2013 11:09:52 +0000 It wasn't us! It was not the English who caused so much trouble for their neighbours in Wales, Ireland and Scotland! http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/medieval-england-and-the-normans Wed, 04 Dec 2013 18:49:09 +0000 Announcing a brand new School World History Atlas TimeMaps have just published the TimeMaps School Atlas of World History, to give the broad framework of World History. http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/timemaps-school-world-history-atlas Tue, 26 Nov 2013 10:44:31 +0000 Civilization - what exactly is it? What do we mean by the term "civilization"? http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/what-is-civilization Fri, 22 Nov 2013 11:05:56 +0000 The World in 1789 - an update for our TimeMap of World History Information about the world in 1789 went up yesterday on to our TimeMap of World History http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/the-world-in-1789 Tue, 19 Nov 2013 11:10:20 +0000 Was Britain the pre-eminent power in the eighteenth century? Britain may have been the leading power in Europe in the eighteenth century, but China was the leading power in the world http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/britain-and-china-in-the-eighteenth-century Fri, 15 Nov 2013 14:56:34 +0000 Did Ancient Egypt fall? The civilization of Ancient Egypt rose - but did it fall? And what about other civilizations in world history? http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/did-ancient-egypt-fall Mon, 11 Nov 2013 15:18:30 +0000 An Interviewer Interviewed Jeremy Paxman, a prominent British political interviewer, expresses his contempt for politicians http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/an-interviewer-interviewed Fri, 08 Nov 2013 10:29:33 +0000 Why Religion is in Decline - a Startling (and very good) New Theory! Religion has declined as industrialization has spread - why? http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/decline-of-religion Tue, 05 Nov 2013 18:53:17 +0000 One of those Funny Things about World History There are many important elements in all modern societies which have their roots in distant lands - so if you want to understand any nation's history you have to raise your gaze to take in the Big Picture http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/new-zealand-and-world-history Fri, 01 Nov 2013 14:31:39 +0000 Why do I prefer World War 2 to World War 1? I prefer looking at World War 2 as a period of history than World War 1 http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/world-war-2-and-world-war-1 Tue, 29 Oct 2013 10:26:01 +0000 A Terrible Air Crash A terrible air crash rocked the small island of Tenerife in 1977 - with casualty figures exceeding those of some major military engagements http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/a-terrible-air-crash Wed, 23 Oct 2013 10:21:46 +0000 A new update for 1648 in the Timemap of World History The world map page for the year 1648 gets its commentary (at last) - a survey of world history for the period 1453 to 1648 http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/update-for-1648-in-the-timemap-of-world-history Tue, 22 Oct 2013 20:37:50 +0000 An 18th-century disaster for Nelson and the British navy The British navy of the Age of Sail didn't always get it right - and why DID Nelson attack Tenerife? http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/an-18th-century-disaster-for-nelson-and-the-british-navy Fri, 18 Oct 2013 12:51:14 +0000 In Praise of Low Key History Tenerife wears its history lightly - which is part of its charm http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/in-praise-of-low-key-history Thu, 17 Oct 2013 17:03:27 +0000 A Small Island in World History You go to Tenerife because it's warm and sunny and relaxing. But at one point it played a vital part in world history http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/tenerife-in-world-history Tue, 15 Oct 2013 12:31:50 +0000 An Exception that Proves the Rule Have more egalitarian societies proved happier in history? Yes, in the case of Costa Rica. http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/costarica-history Thu, 10 Oct 2013 10:24:21 +0000 A Remembrances of Lives Past A moving tribute to all those who died in a long ago battle http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/remembering-the-forgotten Thu, 03 Oct 2013 14:27:29 +0000 Reflections of the Fall of a Great City Is there any greater turning point in world history than the fall of Constantinople in 1453? http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/fall-of-constantinople Tue, 01 Oct 2013 13:06:24 +0000 What did the Sahara Desert ever do for us? The Sahara desert has had an important role to play in world history http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/sahara-desert-in-world-history Fri, 27 Sep 2013 11:44:30 +0000 Another update - the World in 1453 New content has been added to the TimeMap of World History - a round-up of what's happening in the world in 1453. http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/the-world-in-1453 Tue, 24 Sep 2013 16:26:45 +0000 A Very Bad Day in History It wasn't only bullets and shells which killed you in World War I http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/a-very-bad-day-in-history Fri, 20 Sep 2013 15:52:39 +0000 A New Day, A New Product! The Rise of Islam History App for the iPad is now available http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/rise-of-islam-history-app Wed, 18 Sep 2013 14:58:44 +0000 A Terrible Battle An almost forgotten battle between the English and Scots had an horrendous death toll http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/a-terrible-battle-between-scotland-and-england Mon, 16 Sep 2013 16:04:13 +0000 A Grim Chapter of History The casualty rates in World War I were horrendous - how would we in this generation react if we had to go through such a conflict? http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/world-war-i Fri, 13 Sep 2013 12:27:40 +0000 Our First App Our first app goes live on the apple store! http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/timeapps Wed, 11 Sep 2013 14:36:02 +0000 A new update for our TimeMap of World History Have a look at the "round-up" of what's going in world history in the years 979 and 1215 http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/a-new-update-for-our-timemap-of-world-history Mon, 09 Sep 2013 18:07:15 +0000 One of History's Little Ironies The Irish had Catholicism imposed on them by an English king, but centuries later they based their opposition to the English on the very same religion http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/one-of-historys-little-ironies Fri, 06 Sep 2013 10:28:38 +0000 A visit to the Lindisfarne Gospels A visit to the Lindisfarne Gospels prompts some thoughts on the conversion of Britain to Christianity http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/christianization-of-britain Wed, 04 Sep 2013 10:04:32 +0000 An update of our TimeMap of World History Have a look at the "round-up" of what's going on in the world in AD 750 http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/an-update-of-our-timemap-of-world-history Mon, 02 Sep 2013 10:46:20 +0000 World history and national history Studying world history, regional history and national history gives a far richer understanding of all three http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/world-history-and-national-history Fri, 30 Aug 2013 12:14:44 +0000 My compter's still not repaired.... Just to let readers know that my computer 's not yet ready.... http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/computer-on-the-blink Thu, 29 Aug 2013 17:29:30 +0000 Patriotic - moi? Studying world history doesn't mean devaluing the history of your own country http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/patriotic-moi Thu, 29 Aug 2013 17:20:20 +0000 Venice and Britain Venice and Britain have histories both based in sea power http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/venice-and-britain Tue, 27 Aug 2013 11:11:50 +0000 What about India? We don't know enough about Indian civilization's technological contribution to today's global civilization http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/indian-civilization-technology Wed, 21 Aug 2013 11:37:03 +0000 Strength Through Diversity "Strength Through Diversity" is the motto of Ustinov College at Durham University; it also reflects much about world history http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/strength-through-diversity Mon, 19 Aug 2013 18:40:38 +0000 We could learn a lesson in compromise from the Ancient Romans The history of the Roman empire shows both the benefits of compromise and the perils of non-compromise http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/we-could-learn-a-lesson-in-compromise-from-the-ancient-romans Fri, 16 Aug 2013 10:51:04 +0000 How were Horses domesticated - part 2 Horses may have been ridden before they were used to draw carts, contrary to what I said in my last post http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/how-were-horses-domesticated-part-2 Wed, 14 Aug 2013 17:00:50 +0000 How was the Horse domesticated? The domestication of horses was an important step in world history - but how did it happen? http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/domestication-of-horses Mon, 12 Aug 2013 17:28:31 +0000 Things Ain't Always What They Seem Trends in world history don't go on for ever - as the history of the Roman Empire shows http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/things-aint-always-what-they-seem Fri, 09 Aug 2013 11:24:30 +0000 Old Attitudes Die Hard! Attitudes which underpinned the Atlantic Slave Trade are still alive today http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/old-attitudes-die-hard Thu, 08 Aug 2013 10:52:03 +0000 Brave, wonderful Europeans? This Great Transition phase in World History, in which we live, cannot be regarded as solely as the work of Europeans or Westerners, even if its origins do go back to 15th century Europe http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/europe-and-world-history Tue, 06 Aug 2013 17:16:43 +0000 Great transitions in World History Trying to impose order on the past by means of labels such as the Stone Age or Iron Age implies identifying the great transitions in World History http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/great-transitions-in-world-history Fri, 02 Aug 2013 16:02:28 +0000 Labelling world history Dividing world history - or national histories - into artificial periods with artificial labels attached is a useful thing to do http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/labelling-world-history Thu, 01 Aug 2013 17:20:56 +0000 Re-evaluating history Developments today can change our understanding of the past, for example of Asoka, and the Mauryan empire, or of World War 2, or of the Industrial Revolution http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/re-evaluating-history Tue, 30 Jul 2013 16:42:54 +0000 A new page goes up - on a great Indian empire The Mauryan empire was a great empire in ancient India - and illustrates many common themes in world history http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/ancient-indian-empire-maurya Fri, 26 Jul 2013 12:45:07 +0000 Who was Abraham? What were the ethnic antecedents of Abraham? Where did he fit into the history of the ancient Middle East? http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/abraham-and-the-ancient-middle-east Thu, 25 Jul 2013 12:57:56 +0000 A rant! For someone (like me) developing a project on world history, a really excellent online encyclopedia would be wonderful - and sadly, wikipedia isn't it. http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/online-encyclopedia-of-world-history Tue, 23 Jul 2013 11:47:52 +0000 A dramatic case of change over time Airline pilots after World war 2 experienced change over time at the cutting edge, and not just as an abstract concept in world history http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/aviation-and-change-over-time Mon, 22 Jul 2013 17:30:00 +0000 More on the place of the Bronze Age in world history The Bronze Age saw the rise of a new kind of material culture in world history http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/more-on-the-bronze-age-in-world-history Fri, 19 Jul 2013 12:51:44 +0000 The Bronze Age was important, too! The fact that iron technology was so transformative does not mean that the Bronze Age was unimportant in world history http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/the-bronze-age-was-important-too Wed, 17 Jul 2013 15:16:23 +0000 Was the coming of the alphabet an important step forward in world history? Historians of the West think that the alphabet made possible the civilizations of Greece, Rome and all that came later - but what about Chinese civilization? http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/the-alphabet-in-world-history Tue, 16 Jul 2013 16:59:38 +0000 The Impact of Iron in World History The use of iron had a major impact on ancient warfare and society, and therefore on world history as a whole http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/the-impact-of-iron-in-world-history Mon, 15 Jul 2013 12:04:21 +0000 Does anyone know anything about farming? The spread of the use of iron implements in farming is one of the most overlooked advances in world history http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/does-anyone-know-anything-about-farming Thu, 11 Jul 2013 13:58:58 +0000 A new page goes up - on Classical India A new page goes up on our website - on the Classical period of Ancient India http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/ancient-india-classical-age Wed, 10 Jul 2013 15:01:51 +0000 Religion and Chinese history Was ancestor worship a cause for high population growth in Chinese history? http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/ancestor-worship-and-the-history-of-china Fri, 05 Jul 2013 16:37:20 +0000 Detroit and Ancient Rome again A picture that could have been taken in Detroit or Rome http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/ruins-ancient-rome-or-modern-detroit Wed, 03 Jul 2013 18:42:51 +0000 Another civilization page - on the Vedic Age of Ancient India A new civilization page on Ancient India goes up - after this poor author struggles with concepts from a different culture! http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/another-civilization-page-on-the-vedic-age-ancient-india-goes-up Wed, 03 Jul 2013 18:27:26 +0000 Hard Times in Two Proud Cities Modern Detroit and Ancient Rome - two great cities which experienced violence and decline http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/modern-detroit-ancient-rome Tue, 02 Jul 2013 10:50:32 +0000 A new page on the Minoan Civilization The Minoans occupy an important place in the history of the world http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/minoan-civilization Mon, 01 Jul 2013 11:32:29 +0000 Did Ancient Israel affect the civilization of Ancient Greece? Did the Ancient Israelites have any influence on the civilization of Ancient Greece? Some evidence suggests they might have. http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/ancient-israel-and-greece Fri, 14 Jun 2013 17:41:35 +0000 Britons behaving badly Should we apologize for what our ancestors did more than 100 years ago? http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/do-we-need-to-be-ashamed-of-the-british-empire Thu, 06 Jun 2013 11:58:43 +0000 New Additions to the TimeMap of World History I've started putting up text for Mexico and Central America http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/mexico-central-america-blog Thu, 30 May 2013 14:18:24 +0000 Mr Gove and All That Mr Gove could do with the sort of rigorous thinking which the teaching of history can promote http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/mr-gove-and-all-that Wed, 15 May 2013 16:52:40 +0000 Enhanced Images Enhanced product images in Topic TimeMaps http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/historical-images Thu, 11 Apr 2013 18:53:42 +0000 Teacher Guidance: The Ancient World Here are two units of suggested teaching ideas covering ancient history. Please adapt them to your needs. http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/ancient-history-teacher-guidance Mon, 25 Feb 2013 18:12:08 +0000 Singapore 2: Teach Global history! Not to learn about the origins of our global civilization makes our understanding of the modern world inadequate http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/singapore-2-teach-global-history Wed, 06 Feb 2013 16:39:26 +0000 A Brief History of Middle-earth in the Third Age Just for fun - a mini-timemap of JRR Tolkien's Midde-earth in the Third Age! http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/a-brief-history-of-middle-earth-in-the-third-age Fri, 14 Dec 2012 12:24:00 +0000 Learning History in Singapore - Part 1 A first look at Singapore's History Curriculum http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/learning-history-in-singapore-part-1 Fri, 07 Dec 2012 16:07:46 +0000 TimeMaps on the BBC and Chrome Store App TimeMaps on the BBC and Chrome Store App http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/on-the-bbc Wed, 28 Nov 2012 16:23:44 +0000 Teaching the Western Tradition - part 3 Continuing the teaching topics in the Western Tradition http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/teaching-the-western-tradition-part-3 Thu, 15 Nov 2012 15:18:29 +0000 Teaching the Western Tradition - part 2 More topics in the Western Tradition - Renaissance, Expansion, Reformation http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/teaching-the-western-tradition-part-2 Fri, 09 Nov 2012 17:54:27 +0000 US and Chinese government election histories The history of two very different government systems http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/history-of-governments Tue, 06 Nov 2012 12:20:04 +0000 The Western Tradition A first run-through the western Tradition for younger students http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/western-tradition Wed, 31 Oct 2012 12:10:21 +0000 A framework for world history A framework for world history in 12 dates that all western, English-speaking people should know http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/world-history-framework Mon, 29 Oct 2012 13:28:46 +0000 An framework for history of the USA Students should first learn the overall framework of their country's history- Case Study: USA http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/usa-history-framework Thu, 25 Oct 2012 16:56:02 +0000 The framework of history The framework of history and how knowing more than you can see effects you. http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/why-you-need-a-history-framework Wed, 24 Oct 2012 16:26:42 +0000 A timeline of English history in 7 dates How to frame English history in to a timeline consisting of 7 dates. http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/timeline-of-english-history Tue, 23 Oct 2012 11:59:27 +0000 "Children Don't Need to Memorize Information" - Really? Students do need to memorize information - despite claims to the contrary http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/teaching-world-history Mon, 22 Oct 2012 15:29:53 +0000 Can there be a single coherent timeline of world history that actually makes sense? Can world history be distilled into a single, coherent timeline and still make sense? http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/what-is-included-in-a-single-timeline-of-world-history Fri, 19 Oct 2012 13:11:04 +0000 How a world history timemap can do more than a timeline More on how a World History "TimeMap" as opposed to a "Timeline" .. a more easy way to see how events occurred from multiple origins. http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/world-history-timemap-rather-than-timeline Thu, 18 Oct 2012 17:23:59 +0000 World History gone wrong on the BBC A slight deviation from world history timelines - to the inaccuracy of world history in the media. http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/world-history-gone-wrong Wed, 17 Oct 2012 11:34:19 +0000 What to include and what to omit from a world history timeline? Creating a world history timeline is an incredibly complex task. TimeMaps allow more functionality than a traditional list of dates and events, which offer more flexibility.. http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/world-history-timeline-enhanced Tue, 16 Oct 2012 11:32:49 +0000 What's the point of a world history timeline? If you can organise the information of a chapter of world history into a cohesive timeline, along with periodization, then you are practising high level historical thinking skills. http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/using-world-history-timelines Mon, 15 Oct 2012 09:26:02 +0000