TimeMaps for Education


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The Timemap of World History 

  • engages students in all the historical information they need;
  • provides the essential historical and geographical framework for understanding world history;
  • offers great opportunities for exploring causation, connections and comparisons between different civilizations and empires;
  • provides the necessary context and background for a sound understand of events, trends and developments through time.


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What is the Timemap of World History?

What does it offer students?

What does it offer teachers?


What is the Timemap of World History?

The Timemap of World History consists of an atlas and an encyclopedia. 

The Atlas consists of more almost 1000 maps. These cover every period in world history and every region and country of the world.

The maps in the Atlas are all structured around three different geographical levels – world, big region, country. 

All the maps fit within a single sequence of dates. Taken together, therefore, the maps form twenty “snapshots” of world history, from 3500 BCE to 2005 CE. This makes it easy to see when and where different civilizations, empires and societies flourished, and to trace themes across regions and through time. 

The maps are accompanied by brief descriptions, which are backed up by the articles in the Encyclopedia.

The Encyclopedia articles provide more in-depth treatments of the historical topics than the map descriptions do. They cover every significant civilization, empire and event in world history.


What does the Timemap of World History offer students?

The maps in the Atlas allow students to view the broad sweep of world history very easily, while also enabling them to focus on different regions and countries. The articles in the Encyclopedia give them the opportunity to dig deeper into many different topics in history. Teacher guidance, lesson ideas and student worksheets, available in the Premium Teachers Area, support teachers in making the most of both the free and premium Timemap resources in their classrooms.

The Timemap of World History can be used at both middle school and high school levels:

Middle Schools

High Schools

How does using the Timemap of World History benefit students’ knowledge and understanding?

The Atlas lets students view the broad sweep of world history in the world maps, but then lets them delve down into all the big historical regions of the world (North America, South America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, South Asia, East Asia, SE Asia, and Oceania). From there they can drill down one more step and look at the histories of every significant country of the world. This allows students to explore different periods on a world-wide scale, or to track different regions and countries through time.

All this offers a host of benefits in developing students’ knowledge and understanding of world history, including:

Broad surveys: it lets students quickly and easily survey the rise and fall of ALL the different civilizations and empires of world history.

Context: it enables students to clearly see how each civilization or empire fits into the bigger picture of world history.

Connections: it allows students to understand connections between different regions and civilizations, through trade, war, migration, mission and so on.

Cause and effect: it helps students understand how changes in technology, religion or art arose and spread around the world, and how developments in one region affected different parts of the world.

Comparisons: because the maps are all presented within the same sequence of regions and dates, it is easy for students to make comparisons between different regions at the same date (e.g. in 1215 China was inventing printing and using paper money while Europe still in the feudal age) or the same region at different periods (e.g. Europe in 1215 and in 1648 are quite different, not so China or India at the same dates – why is this? ).


What does the Timemap of World History offer teachers? 

The free maps in the Atlas and the articles in the Encyclopaedia provide a rich bank of free teaching resources. They help teachers introduce their students to the many different themes, episodes, developments and events in world history, in a stimulating and authoritative manner.

Resources for Middle School teachers

Resources for High School teachers

Premium Teacher membership

The Premium Teachers Area offers support for teachers using the Timemap of World History. It also provides Premium teaching units – see below.

Teacher support

To support teachers in using the Timemap with their students, teaching ideas can be found in the Premium Teachers AreaLesson ideas contain activities and questions for whole classes, small groups or individual students. They are focussed on developing knowledge and understanding, not just about major events but also on fostering critical thinking skills. They ask students to

  • identify key turning points and major trends,
  • assess causation, connections, change and continuity,
  • and track developments in trade, religion, technology, government,

and more.

Premium Teaching Units

As well as teaching guidance, Premium Teacher membership gives access to a growing range of Premium teaching units.

Unlike the free pages in the Timemap website, these focus on specific curriculum topics. They are designed to meet the aims and objectives of school and college history programs.

The Premium Teaching Units offer the following:

  • powerful classroom presentations, ideal for teachers to introduce topics to their classes, or wrap up a series of lessons, in a visually attractive and highly informative way;
  • great resources for students to use in their own project work;
  • engaging and powerful tools for students to gain a greater understanding of key topics;
  • a panoramic overview of a topic whilst also allowing closer examination of important elements within it.

Most units come with their own comprehensive teaching notes.

For more information, please go to the Premium Teachers Area

We guarantee that the Premium Units will let students understand topics better. If you don’t agree, money back with no quibble!



Middle School World History

High School World History (AP World History)

The Premium Teachers Area

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