Become a Premium member to have access to:
- masses of in-depth resources not available in the free area
- map sequences that show key changes in detail
- for teachers and students, a lot of extra learning support
Premium users also get an ad-free experience of the whole Timemaps site.
Unlike the free maps, which skip large chunks of history (often hundreds of years at a time), the Premium maps track the changes in history, step-by-step. [Click here for more]
Topics currently included:
Ancient Civilizations: 4000 to 500 BC
A panoramic overview of the ancient civilizations of the Eastern Hemisphere up to 500 BC. Shows clearly when and where they flourished, and how they related to each other. The civilisations covered include the Sumerians, Egyptians, Indus Valley, Babylonian, early Chinese, Minoans, Phoenicians, Israelite, Assyrians, Persians, Indians, Greeks and Etruscans.
Ancient Middle East I: The Bronze Age
Covers the emergence of the earliest civilizations in world history, in Mesopotamia and Egypt; the empire in history; and the great powers of the late Bronze Age. Also references the story of Abraham and his descendants, placing them in their broad historical and geographic context.
Ancient Middle East II: Age of Empires
Covers the Assyrian, Neo-Babylonian and Persian empires. Also included are the Phoenicians, the Lydians, and the Medes; and makes special reference throughout to the fortunes of the Israelites, from their settlement in the promised land to their restoration from exile by the Persians.
Classical India: 500 BC to 500 AD
Show the spread of Aryan civilization in the Indian subcontinent, from the time of the Buddha to that of the Gupta Empire. It covers Alexander the Great’s invasion, the Mauryan Empire, the Indo-Greek kingdoms, the huge Saka and Kushana empires, and the rise of the Gupta.
Classical China: 500 BC to 500 AD
Covers the history of ancient China in these key centuries, from the time of the philosopher Confucius to the post-Han dynasty period. Takes in the rise and fall of the first imperial dynasty of China, the Qin; and the Han dynasty, which laid the basis for all later imperial rule in the huge country.
Greece and Persia: 500 BC to 100 AD
Looks at the region of western Eurasia (the Middle East, Europe and North Africa) in the millennium from 500 BC to 500 AD. Includes the Persians Wars (though not yet in any military detail); the conquests of Alexander the Great; the hybrid kingdoms of the Hellenistic world; and the rise of Rome.
The Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire: 500 BC to 500 AD
Follows the fortunes of Rome as it faces down threats to its very existence in its early days and goes on to dominate the Mediterranean world; then the peace and stability of the Pax Romana; and its long decline. Closes with the fall of the empire in the west.
Medieval China: from Sui to Song, 500 to 1450
Includes the reunification of China under the short-lived Sui dynasty, the triumph and tragedy of the Tang, the dynamism of the Song, the Mongols, and the early Ming dynasty. Sows how these centuries saw China’s identity as a Confucian, bureaucratic state confirmed and refined.
Medieval India: from Harsha to Babur, 500 to 1450
Looks at South Asian history between the fall of the Gupta dynasty and the rise of the Moghul dynasty. It shows the conquests of Harsha Vedanta, the rise of central and southern India, and the Delhi Sultanate. Also follows the decline of Buddhism, the rise of Hinduism and the intrusion of Islam.
Medieval Europe I, 400 to 1000
Covers the period from the time of the Roman Empire to the formation of feudal Europe. Includes the fortunes of the Byzantine Empire, the spread of Christianity, the rise of the papacy as a secular power, and the emergence of feudalism.
Medieval Europe II, 1000 to 1450
Shows Europe in the high middle ages, covering such episodes as the decline of the Byzantine empire, Crusades, the Holy Roman Empire, the reconquista of Spain, the Mongol conquest of Russia and much more.
Topics planned for publication in 2017…
Late Imperial China: Ming and Qing dynasties, 1450 to 1789
Early Modern Europe: Renaissance, Reformation and Enlightenment, 1453 to 1789
Modern India: from Moghuls to 2005
Modern Europe: French Revolution to 1914
20th Century Europe: 1914 to 2005
Modern China: late Qing to 2005
…and in early 2018:
The Islamic Caliphate
The Mongol Empire
The Expansion of Europe: Exploration and Empire
World War I
The Rise of Nazi Germany
World War II
More topics will be added on an ongoing basis. [More on planned premium content]