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History: in a nuthsell


  • Prehistory and the ancient world
  • Classical civilizations (Greece, Rome, etc.)
  • Ancient and medieval Asia
  • Medieval Europe
  • The Renaissance
  • The Age of Exploration
  • Revolutions and the modern world
  • The 20th century and beyond

detailed structure

Here's a more detailed structure that could fit a comprehensive history guide:

  1. Introduction to World History
  2. The concept of history and time
  3. Historical methodology and sources

  4. Prehistory and the Birth of Civilization

  5. Human evolution and early human societies
  6. The Neolithic Revolution
  7. Ancient Mesopotamia and the Fertile Crescent

  8. Ancient Civilizations

  9. Ancient Egypt: Dynasties and the Nile
  10. The Indus Valley Civilization
  11. Ancient China: Shang to Han Dynasty
  12. The Minoans and Mycenaeans
  13. Ancient Israel and the Jewish Kingdoms

  14. Classical Antiquity

  15. Greek City-States and Democracy
  16. The Persian Empire
  17. Alexander the Great and Hellenistic Culture
  18. The Roman Republic and Empire
  19. The Spread of Christianity

  20. The Middle Ages

  21. The Byzantine Empire
  22. The Rise of Islam and the Caliphates
  23. Medieval Europe: Feudalism and the Church
  24. The Crusades
  25. Empires in Africa: Ghana, Mali, and Songhai
  26. The Mongol Empire

  27. The Renaissance and Exploration

  28. The Italian Renaissance
  29. The Northern Renaissance
  30. The Age of Discovery: New World and Sea Routes
  31. The Reformation and Religious Wars

  32. Early Modern Period

  33. The Scientific Revolution and Enlightenment
  34. Absolute Monarchies in Europe
  35. The Ottoman Empire
  36. Mughal India and the Maratha Confederacy
  37. Imperial China: Ming to Qing Dynasty

  38. The Age of Revolutions

  39. The American Revolution
  40. The French Revolution and Napoleon
  41. The Latin American Independence Movements
  42. The Industrial Revolution

  43. The 19th Century

  44. The Expansion of the United States
  45. The Victorian Era and British Empire
  46. The Unification of Germany and Italy
  47. The Meiji Restoration in Japan
  48. European Imperialism in Asia and Africa

  49. The 20th Century and Beyond

    • World War I
    • The Russian Revolution and the Soviet Union
    • The Interwar Period and the Great Depression
    • World War II
    • The Cold War
    • Decolonization and the Post-Colonial World
    • The Digital Revolution and Globalization
    • Challenges of the 21st Century
  50. Appendices

    • Notable Historical Figures
    • Glossary of Terms
    • Index
    • Further Reading and Resources