The premium units are directly relevant to school and college history courses. They give students a panoramic overview of the big topic, and are:
- highly effective class presentations, ideal for teachers to introduce or wrap up topics;
- great resources for students to use in their own research; and
- engaging and powerful ways to a much greater understanding of events.
Period 1: Ancient World
A panoramic overview of all the ancient civilizations of the Eastern Hemisphere up to 500 BCE.
The Bronze Age Middle East from 3500 to 1275 BCE, covering the Sumerian, Babylonian, Ancient Egyptian and Hittite civilizations.
The Middle East from 1275 BCE to 500 BCE, covering the Assyrian, Babylonian and beginning of Persian empire. It also references the history of the Israelites during this period.
Offers teachers suggestions as to what students should include when completing the tasks set in the free teaching unit on Early Civilizations.
Period 2: The Classical World
The interactions between the Persians and the Greeks from before the Persian Wars to after Alexander the Great.
The history of theIndian subcontinent from the time of the Buddha to that of the Gupta Empire.
The history of ancient China from the time of Confucius to after the fall of the Han empire.
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.
Offers teachers suggestions as to what students should include when completing the tasks set in the free teaching unit on Classical Civilizations.
Period 3: The Medieval World, 500/600 CE to 1450 CE
This sequence includes the middle centuries of the imperial age of Chinese history, when China’s identity as a Confucian, bureaucratic state is tested, confirmed and refined.
During this period of South Asian history, great cultural changes take place: the decline of Buddhism, the rise of mature Hinduism, and the intrusion of Islam.
The formation of Europe – the fall of the Roman empire, the rise of Frankish Europe, the Vikings, the partition of Europe and the formation of France, Germany, eastern Europe and Russia.
The High Middle Ages – includes the Norman Conquest of England, the decline of the Byzantine Empire, the Crusades, the Black Death, the Hundred Years’ War and more.
Period 4: The Early Modern World, 1450 to 1750 CE
Looks at the Ming and Qing dynasties, when imperial China reached its peak. The unit leaves the Qing dynasty at its magnificent height – its decline is dealt with in the next section.
Covers the early modern period in the history of the Indian subcontinent, dominated by the rise and fall of the glorious Mughal empire.
Includes the periods of the Renaissance, Reformation, Counter-Reformation, Wars of religion, the Scientific Revolution and the Enlightenment.
Period 5: The Modern Era
Looks at the rise of British rule in India, the nature of that rule, and its impact on Indian society.
Covers the Opium Wars, the Taiping rebellion, The Self-Strengthening Movement, the Sino-Japanese War and the Boxer rebellion.
Takes in the French Revolution and Napoleon, the Industrial Revolution, the 1848 revolutions, and the unification of Italy and Germany
More topics will be added on an ongoing basis. [More on planned premium content]