People often ask me: “What does TimeMaps do?”
To which I casually reply: “Well, you know, we make the entire history of the world more understandable”.
Although I am talking with my tongue in my cheek, I truly believe that this is the mission that we have set out to achieve, and are making good progress towards.
But to use our TimeMap of World History alone, you would be left with big gaps in your knowledge about history. To provide all historical information is not the point of this product.
The TimeMap of World History aims to provide a framework for historical knowledge and understanding. It is a visualisation of where historical events were happening, and in what order. It provides the ability to compare what else was happening at the time, which is crucial to understanding how history fits together. It aims to do this in a way that is easy to access, navigate and visualise.
Currently the site is able to claim to have a narrative for world history, but we still have some of the more nifty features yet to add, and are very excited about the prospect of how beneficial these will be for promoting learning about world history. We are close to completing the first run-through. This is our way of telling a story of human history as one event, by using the story of what the big impacts have been on our race. What were the organisational structures that have had the most effect? What technological advances have influenced civilizations most? Which people have drastically altered the way events turned out?
It is not the whole story and it is not where we leave it (see Topic TimeMaps), but it is a story that both connects and divides us as a unit. It is a path through the journey to now that demonstrates, in a uniform and logical way, the challenges people have dealt with, and the accomplishments they have made.
Our method aims to provide a way to better understand the world and how it has developed into what it is today. By using it, to either look at a specific place, or region, or the world as a whole, you will gain a highly informated visualisation of history, backed up by professionally written historical narrative.
Related topic: why is history important?
By Peter Britton