New Items

As at July 2016:

I have begun to plug a glaring hole in our coverage of the Classical world by putting up articles on the Hellenistic world. So far, the following have been put up:

Ptolemaic Egypt – a short historical survey of Egypt under the Ptolemies

The Seleucid kingdom – a short historical survey of the the huge, ramshackle empire of the Seleucids, the largest of the Hellenistic kingdoms

Hellenistic civilization – a overview survey of this fascinating fusion of Greek and Asian/Egyptian cultures


Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic kingdoms – a key moment in Middle Eastern history which saw the imposition of an alien ruling elite and their culture across this region of ancient civilizations.

Before that the most recent articles to be put up were:

The Hittites – a prominent civilization which unlike others of the Bronze Age was not dependent upon large-scale irrigation agriculture for its economic base.

The History of Elam – a powerful kingdom which played an important role in the history of ancient Mesopotamia.

Before that I was putting up a series of articles on the Middle East in the later ancient (or Classical) period – i.e. after the Assyrian empire. One of their main aims is to support AP World History Period 2. These are:

The Persian Empire – an overview history of the rise and fall of the empire of Cyrus and Darius

The Civilization of the Persian Empire – a survey of government, society and culture within the Persian empire

The Late Babylonian Empire

Late Babylonian Civilization

Before that I put up three new articles on the Roman empire:

The History of the Roman Empire in the first two centuries CE

The Roman Empire in the Third Century CE Crisis

The History of the Later Roman Empire

These three articles between them deal with the Roman empire in the first four centuries CE. They support AP World History Period 2.

I have also started putting up pages on the sources I have used – long overdue, I know. Here are the first ones:

Sources and further reading on ancient Mesopotamia

Sources and further reading on ancient Egypt

Sources and further reading on ancient and medieval India

Sources and further reading on ancient and medieval China

Sources and further reading on ancient Greece

Sources and further reading on ancient Rome

Recent articles to support AP World History Period 2, all on ancient China:

The state in ancient China

Society in ancient China

The Economy of ancient China

Thought and culture in ancient China

We have previously worked on the following articles, for Period 1 AP World History:

The World of the Hunter-Gatherers

The Coming of Farming

The Origins of Civilization

The History of Ancient Mesopotamia

The History of Ancient Egypt

We have also added the following small articles:

What is civilization?

Early Pastoralists

History of East Asia – Part 1: The Ancient World

This covers the pre-history of China, Japan and Korea, with an emphasis on the links between them.

Articles published over the past 15 months:

The history of Ancient Assyria

The civilization of Ancient Assyria

The Han dynasty of Ancient China

The Qin dynasty of Ancient China

The Zhou dynasty of Ancient China

The Shang dynasty of Ancient China

Ancient China

The Roman Empire 

The Roman Republic

Imperial China

The Ottoman empire

The Mongol empire

Western civilization

Medieval European civilization

Medieval European Feudalism

The Medieval Church

Medieval Government and Warfare

The Medieval European Economy

Articles under preparation: The Islamic Caliphate, Japanese civilization, Medieval culture; Medieval science and technology; Western government; Western warfare; Western economic history; Western religion

New blog posts since start of March 2015 (most recent first):

New articles on Ancient China

Some more beads

Some beads in African and World history

A further shock to Western civilization: encountering other civilizations

Great Historical Families are a Mirage

Some Anglo-Irish Ancestors

A new article: the Ottoman empire

A wonderful attempt at a visual overview of world history

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