A Timeline of History

by G. P. Jelliss

This is a reinstatement of my former pages on 'History of Ideas'. The purpose is to provide an outline sketch of the whole of human history. I feel strongly that it is important for any student of history to have an overview of the broad sweep of events and ideas before becoming absorbed in the study of any one particular period. This is done by dividing the timeline into equal sections each of 500 years. This makes clear how the degree of creative activity has differed, and how reason has struggled with unreason, and that the concept of the dark ages is justified. The approach throughout is chronological. Like much of my website this is work in progress.


Overview of History Division into Ages of 500 years
Prehistory Human evolution and spread
Palaeohistory −3900 to −900
First Age -900 - -400 Age of Awakening
Second Age -400 - 100 Age of Reason
Third Age 100 - 600 Age of Religion
Fourth Age 600 - 1100 Age of Ignorance
Fifth Age 1100 - 1600 Age of Renewal
Sixth Age 1600 - 2100 Age of Science