TimeMaps - World History Blog http://www.timemaps.com Tue, 24 Nov 2015 22:04:35 +0000 Tue, 24 Nov 2015 22:04:35 +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 Progress report on civilization essays I am working on a series of new essays on civilisations: western civilisation, the mongol empire and others http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/new-civilization-essays Mon, 02 Feb 2015 19:20:52 +0000 My mother's place in world history My mother was an ordinary person who lived an ordinary life, but that does not mean she left no mark on world history http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/my-mother-and-world-history Thu, 29 Jan 2015 11:44:55 +0000 Horror in Paris, civilisations clash - and world history moves on The atrocity in Paris is the result of new developments in world history - civilizations which have emerged in different regions of the world, each shaped by its own history, are now having to share the same geographical space. Violent tensions are inevitable. http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/civilization-in-recent-world-history Thu, 08 Jan 2015 18:01:07 +0000 Happy Christmas! See 2015 in in the light of Christmas, not of world history http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/happy-christmas-2015 Wed, 24 Dec 2014 23:06:50 +0000 Were south Indian cities autonomous in ancient and medieval times? Were south Indian cities in kingdoms and empires such as the Chola, Pandya and Chera, autonomous, like medieval Europe ones were? http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/south-india-cities-medieval-europe Mon, 15 Dec 2014 12:03:52 +0000 Medieval Europe - a civilization unique in world history I'm in the process of putting up an article on medieval Europe - it was a civilization completely unique in world history http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/medieval-europe-in-world-history Sat, 06 Dec 2014 19:22:04 +0000 The world history timeline is now complete The information to go with the world history timeline in our TimeMap of World History has at last been completed - I've just put up the information for the world map dated 2005. http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/world-history-map-information-2005 Wed, 26 Nov 2014 13:03:45 +0000 A tribute to Colin McEvedy, author of great history atlases Colin McEvedy was the author of some wonderful historical atlases of different parts of the world - simple, clear and very accessible. I thoroughly recommend you look at them. http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/world-history-atlases-by-colin-mcevedy Sat, 22 Nov 2014 13:22:52 +0000 Democracy, the worst form of government... World history bears out Winston Churchill's saying, that democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/democracy-autocracy-china Tue, 11 Nov 2014 17:29:54 +0000 New information - world history in 1960 There is new information to go with the map of world history in 1960 http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/new-information-world-history-1960 Thu, 06 Nov 2014 16:38:44 +0000 A missed admiral The Korean admiral Yi Sun-sin may have been the finest naval commander in world history - but we in the West know nothing of him. http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/yi-sun-sin-korean-admiral Sat, 01 Nov 2014 18:11:34 +0000 Naval warfare in World War I was not plain sailing British admirals in World War I had to face situations for which their experience did not prepare them. http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/world-war-i-naval-warfare Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:53:07 +0000 Did British admirals of World War I lack the "Nelson Touch"? Nelson was one of the great naval commanders of history, but his achievements were of a particular time and place. World War I was very different from the Napoleonic Wars. http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/admiral-nelson-british-navy-world-war-i Mon, 13 Oct 2014 19:21:16 +0000 Did the magnificent setting of Bretton Woods influence world history? The Bretton Woods conference had an enormous impact on post-World War 2 history, but what impact did the magnificent New England setting have on the conference? http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/bretton-woods-conference-and-world-history Fri, 03 Oct 2014 16:48:46 +0000 New England - reflections on a wilderness Much of New England is covered by wilderness -why is this? http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/new-england-usa Fri, 26 Sep 2014 23:51:35 +0000 Information has been added for the map page 1914 I have uploaded the information to go with the world history map for 1914 http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/world-history-map-page-1914 Fri, 12 Sep 2014 17:18:27 +0000 What should I include in a timeline of world history? What were the key events that shaped world history? Deciding what to include in a timeline of world history, and what to leave out, is a tricky business. http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/timeline-world-history-items Fri, 05 Sep 2014 12:56:28 +0000 Which civilization to choose? For our world history map pages, we can only choose one civilization, empire or episode to go in the page's description for Google - picking which one to include is not easy http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/which-civilization Thu, 28 Aug 2014 15:53:24 +0000 The world history map page for 1871 had been upgraded We have upgraded the world history map page for 1871 in our TimeMap of World History, by adding a chunk of information covering the global history from 1837 to 1871 http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/world-history-map-information-1871 Tue, 26 Aug 2014 15:45:41 +0000 Update news: civilization pages are being upgraded The pages in the Timemap of World History to with civilizations are being upgraded: so far I've completed Ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece and Rome. http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/civilization-pages Fri, 22 Aug 2014 16:34:11 +0000 What an "Empire" is is hard to pin down Many different kinds of state throughout world history have been called an "Empire" - but, from the Roman through to the British empires, they have been so different in every way that it makes it hard to know what the word actually means http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/empires-in-world-history Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:50:42 +0000 The Rise of Islam iPad History App FREE for on the App Store For one week only we are offering a free download of our Rise of Islam History App for iPad.. get it now! http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/free-rise-of-islam-app Tue, 19 Aug 2014 08:40:14 +0000 What if World War 1 had not occurred? A recent book explores alternative worlds which might have arisen if World War 1 had not occurred http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/if-world-war-one-had-not-happened Thu, 07 Aug 2014 13:54:32 +0000 The drift to war was slower - and much faster - than we might think There was a month of peace between the assassination of the archduke Franz Ferdinand and the outbreak of World War 1 - and then all hell broke loose http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/the-drift-to-world-war-1 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 10:40:37 +0000 An update on the TimeMap of World History New information has gone up on the TimeMap of World History, to go with the world map on 1837 http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/new-information-world-map-1837 Wed, 30 Jul 2014 16:54:37 +0000 Men with funny moustaches How can we take the men of the pre-World War 1 era seriously when they dressed up in funny uniforms and wore huge handle-bar moustaches? http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/first-world-war-leaders Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:44:17 +0000 A new article - History of Ancient Palestine We've just put a new article up on our TimeMap of World History - on the history of Ancient Palestine http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/new-article-history-ancient-palestine Wed, 09 Jul 2014 10:41:39 +0000 Frontiers between civilizations can seem fixed in place. They're not. The Islamic and Christian frontiers have shifted a number of times in history http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/frontiers-between-civilizations Sat, 28 Jun 2014 18:37:04 +0000 Roman civilization is alive and kicking (sort of) Roman civilization did not vanish in southern Europe; it outlasted the fall of the Roman empire to evolve into medieval civilization http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/roman-civilization-survived-the-fall-of-the-roman-empire Wed, 18 Jun 2014 10:43:28 +0000 Why does Monaco exist? Monaco is a relic from medieval Europe - how has it survived when hundreds of other states like it have long vanished? http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/why-does-monaco-exist Thu, 05 Jun 2014 19:43:44 +0000 Mindfulness, Buddhism, Christianity and the Reformation Why did Christianity not develop a tradition of meditation like Buddhism did? http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/mindfulness-buddhism-christianity-the-reformation Wed, 28 May 2014 17:49:30 +0000 The Battle of the Somme was not a contest between equals At the battle of the Somme, the two armies which fought each other were in completely different leagues when it came to fighting capabilities: the German army was probably the finest fighting force in the world at that time, while by comparison the British were a bunch of inexperienced amateurs. http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/the-battle-of-the-somme Mon, 19 May 2014 11:49:33 +0000 An under-recognized achievement in the First World War The creation of a huge army during the First World War, along with a massive infrastructure to support it, was a major British achievement, and one that has not been given due credit (at least in school textbooks). http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/an-achievement-in-the-first-world-war Mon, 12 May 2014 17:27:07 +0000 A fascinating few days on First World War battlefields I said in my last post that I was off on a short holiday - a few days' tour of the World War One battlefields. I have now returned from that tour, and what a brilliant experience it was! http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/first-world-war-battlefields Tue, 06 May 2014 17:45:56 +0000 I'm off to the battlefields I'm off for a tour of the cemeteries and battlefields of the First World War's Western Front. http://www.timemaps.com/blog.xml/0/1/world-war-1-again Sat, 26 Apr 2014 18:35:04 +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