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, step-by-step.
This means that Premium users can follow, say, the map of Europe as it evolves over time. They can see the countries of France, Germany or Spain taking shape, and even the frontiers of Europe – or Christendom, as it was known in the past – moving in and out at different periods. [Click here for more]
Supporting information explains these changes: why they occurred, and what was their effect.
Topics currently included:
Ancient Civilizations: 4000 to 500 BC
A panoramic overview of the “middle belt” in which all the ancient civilizations of the Eastern Hemisphere emerged. It offers a clear idea of when and where these great civilizations, with their kingdoms and empires, emerged, and how they related to each other in time and place. The civilisations covered include the ancient Sumerian, Egyptian, Indus Valley, Babylonian, early Chinese, Minoan, Phoenician, Israelite, Assyrian, Persian, Indian, Greek and Etruscan.
Ancient Middle East I: The Bronze Age
Looks at the history of the Middle East from 3500 to 1275 BC. It covers the emergence of the earliest civilizations in world history, in Mesopotamia and Egypt; the first conqueror – Sargon of Akkad – and the first empire; and the great powers of the late Bronze Age. Wherever appropriate, there are references to the story of Abraham and his descendants, placing them in their broad historical and geographic context.
Classical India: 500 BC to 500 AD
Maps 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 rise and fall of the Mauryan Empire, the successor states, 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. It takes in the rise and fall of the first imperial dynasty of China, the Qin, and its ruthless regime; and that of its successor, the Han dynasty, which laid the basis for all later imperial rule in the huge country.
Greece and Persia: 500 BC to 500 AD
Looks at the region of western Eurasia (the Middle East, Europe and North Africa) in the millennium from 500 BC to 500 AD. It includes the struggle between the Persians and the Greeks (though it does not yet go into the Persian Wars in any military detail); the conquests of Alexander the Great; and the hybrid kingdoms of the Hellenistic world.
The Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire: 500 BC to 500 AD
This sequence of maps 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 fight for power between powerful generals such as Pompey and Julius Caesar; the emergence of a new imperial system which gives two centuries of peace and stability to the Roman world; and its long decline. It closes with the fall of the empire in the west.
Medieval China: from Sui to Song, 500 to 1450
This sequence includes the reunification of China under the short-lived Sui dynasty; the triumph and tragedy of the Tang; the dynamic progress under the Song; the conquest of China by the Mongols; and their expulsion by the Ming dynasty. Throughout these centuries China’s identity as a Confucian, bureaucratic state is confirmed and refined.
Medieval India: from Harsha to Babur, 500 to 1450
This looks at the long period of 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 kingdoms in central and southern India, and the rise and fall of the Delhi Sultanate. During this period great cultural changes take place: the decline of Buddhism, the rise of Hinduism and the intrusion of Islam.
Topics planned for publication in 2017:
Medieval Europe: 500 to 1453
Late Imperial China: Ming and Qing dynasties, 1450 t0 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
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]