8000 B.C.E. - 600 CE
Beginnings of agriculture, domestication of plants and animals, and early civilizations: Mesopotamia, Egypt, Indus Valley, Shang, and Olmec
Beginnings of Bronze Age
Kingdom of Israel
life of Buddha, Confucius, Lao-Tsu (beginnings of Confucianism, Buddhism, Taoism)
6th century B.C.E.
500 B.C.E.- 1000 C.E.
Greek Golden Age - philosophers
5th century B.C.E.
Alexander the Great
Qin unification of China
Han Dynasty, also beginnings of Silk Roads and maritime trade around the South China Sea and Indian Ocean Basin
206 B.C.E.-220 CE
Spread of Buddhism and Hinduism to Southeast Asia
3rd century B.C.E.
27 B.C.E. - 180 C.E.
Beginnings of Christianity
Spread of Christianity in the Mediterranean basin and Southwest Asia
2nd century C.E.
Mauryan Empire and Gupta Dynasty
3rd and 6th centuries
Roman capital moved to Constantinople
Christianity official religion of Roman Empire
Beginning of Trans-Saharan Trade Routes (use of camel spreads)
Fall of western Roman Empire
Justinian rule of Byzantine Empire
Post Classical Period
Tang Dynasty (Sui Dynasty for 29 yrs before that)
Battle of Tours (end of Muslim move into France)
Height of Kingdom of Ghana
Great Schism in Christian Church
Norman conquest of England
Mongols sack Baghdad
Marco Polo travels
Mansa Musa's pilgrimage
travels of Ibn Battuta
Hundred Years' War
Bubonic plague in Europe
end of Zheng He's voyages/Rise of Ottomans
Ottomans capture Constantinople
Dias rounded Cape of Good Hope
Columbus sailed to San Salvador/ Reconquista of Spain
Martin Luther's 95 theses
Cortez conquered the Aztecs
Magellan's crew completes circumnavigation of the world
African slaves to the Americas
early 1500s - early 1800s
Discovery of silver in Potosi, Bolivia
Mughal Empire (Akbar 1556-1605)
Council of Trent, Jesuits, Counter-Reformation
defeat of the Spanish Armada by the British
Start of East India Company and Dutch VOC
Founding of Jamestown and Massachusetts Bay Colony
Qing Dynasty (Kangxi 1661-1722)
Tsar Peter the Great
John Locke's Two Treatises on Government
Glorious Revolution/English Bill of Rights
high point of African slave trade
Seven Years' War or French and Indian War
Declaration of Independence and Adam Smith writes Wealth of Nations
U.S. Constitution ratified
1789 - 1815
The Long 19th Century
Early Modern Period
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