Understanding a Timeline

Historians use timelines to create an ordered view of history. By sequencing events into chronological order on a timeline, it becomes easier to see causes and effects of events. Timelines can be linear or comparative. Linear Timeline Linear timelines detail events that happened within a given time frame. This time frame could be a person’s … Read more

What is a Chronology?

The word ‘chronology’ is derived from two Greek words – chronos, meaning time and logos meaning to work out or decipher. This means that ‘chronology’ literally means to work out time. In order to work out time we have to give it a logical order. Putting time in logical order can be as simple as … Read more

Periods in History

There are five main periods in history: Prehistory, Ancient History, Dark Ages, Middle Ages and Modern History. Within these periods are numerous historical topics, many of which overlap in dates. The timeline below shows the dates for the five periods and the most commonly studied topics that fall into that period.  Please note: our use … Read more