Considering the Past
An Outline of Humanity across the Ages: Points for Perspective


Creation (from Big Bang to biological differences)

Humanity out of Africa (a common ancestor)

Hunter-Gatherers and War (strangers as evil spirits)

Early Religion (magic, spirit, and storytelling

Ancient Civilizations

The Chinese

Agriculture on the North China Plain (includes human sacrifices)

Warring States and a Balance of Power Failure (475-221 BCE, Qin wins)

Emperor Gaozu of Han to Emperor Wen of Han (succession problems, rise of the gentry, to 157 BCE)

Han Success, Decline, and Fall (succession corruption to year 1 CE)

The Confucianist Emperor Wang Mang (political ineptitude and disaster)

The Eastern Han Dynasty (another integration-disintegration cycle, 25-220 CE)

The Jin dynasty escapes across the Yangzi (China divided, 265-421 CE)

Indic Civilization

Civilization to India (Harappa disappears, then Aryan invasions)

Hinduism, Caste and Wisdom Literature (Vedas, expansion, the Upanishads)

The Jain and Buddhist Rebellions (different ideas and new organizations)

Hinduism's Scriptural Epic Poetry (the Ramayana and the Mahabharata)

Chandragupta Maurya (empire founder)

A Buddhist Emperor and the end of Mauryan Rule (Emperor Ashoka)

Fragmented India, 185 BCE to 321 CE (invasions and commerce)

Rise, Glory and Fall of the Gupta Empire (a bourgeois paradise)

The Middle East

The Sumerians (inequalities, writing, slavery, cities at war)

Empire, Migrations and Babylon (to Hammurabi and defeat explained by sin)

Egypt and the Pharaohs (to Ramses II's enslavements)

The Land of Canaan, to King David (the haughty oppressor)

Israel and Judah Overrun (Assyria conquers and the "lost tribes")

Captives Compile Scripture (Babylon conquers and priests defend Jehovah worship)

Babylon, Persia and Judaism (The Persian Empire in Judah)

Zoroaster (Zarathurstra) and Judaism (introducing the Devil and Armageddon)

Europe and the Greeks

Dark Skins to Pink (40,000 to 4,500 years ago)

Greek Scripture: Homer and Hesiod (playful and negligent gods)

Greeks become Philosophical (including Pythagoras, the first theologian)

Athens, Democracy and Slavery (a democracy with problems)

Greeks against Persia and Themselves (chauvinistic Athens chooses empire)

Stupid Stuff: The Great Peloponnesian War (losing hearts and minds and the war)

Fall of Sparta and Rise of Macedonia (a launching pad for Alexander the Great)

Alexander and Hellenistic Civilization

Alexander the Great (defying Aristotle's racial chauvinism)

Race and Alexander's Successors (asininity among the powerful lives on)

Economic Growth and Culture (expansive commerence, education)

The Cynics (virtue by dropping out)

Wealth, Poverty and Revolution (failed attempts and Iambulus's utopia)

Influences in Western thought (pursuit of happiness versus God's purpose)

Judaic Scripture into Greek (translation challenge)

Hellenism and the Maccabean Revolt (culture, war and Hanukkah)

Failed Geopolitics (pomp and warfare heroism triumph over international cooperation)

Rome, Empire and Christianity

Rome Dominates the Italian Peninsula (defeat for Tarentum and the diadochi Pyrrhus")

More Stupid Stuff: The Punic Wars and Imperialist Expansion (images of virtue and power)

From Republic to Empire and Dictatorship (to Augustus Caesar, first emperor)

Augustus Caesar's Family Values (restrictions for state and race and approval by the gods)

Caligula, Nero and a Few Others (the blessings of dictatorship)

Prosperity and Decline (before the Christian emperors)

Emperor Constantine and Christianity (God's Plan, authority and the Bishops)

Christian Emperors (disorder and discontent)

The Empire Disintegrates (political and military weakness)

The Middle Ages in Europe and the Mid-East

Sin, Infants and Saint Augustine against the Devil (foundation for much of medieval thought)

Britannia, Gaul and Italy, to the 500s (Anglo-Saxons, Franks, and Theodoric the Great)

Justinian and the Second Coming (military aggression for God's Roman empire)

Making Way for Islam: Empires at War (empires weaken themselves from within)

Islam Appears

The Brotherhood of Islam and Succession, to 750 CE

The Same Disintegration of Empire for Islam's Theocracy

Christendom: Authority for the Wealthy, Tribulation for the Peasants

Migrations, Charlemagne's Holy Roman Empire and Feudalism

Christianity Spreads in Europe, and Divides

The Crusades


Climate Change, Economics and Politics, 1050-1500

Middle Ages: Closer to Science

Mongols and Chinese to the Ming Dynasty

China, 479 to 1127: 6.5 Centuries of Ups and Downs

Genghis Khan

The Ming Dynasty, 1368-1644

The Sixteenth to Nineteenth Centuries

Columbus meets Native Americans

European Discoveries and Science

The Enlightenment

The French Revolution: Origins

The French Revolution: 5 May to 26 August 1789

The French Revolution: Ferver and Foolishness to 1795

Napoleon: Flawed Hero

Anti-Enlightenment and Europe'e Conservative Order

Europe to 1831: The Status Quo Challenged

Bad Tactics and Failed Revolutions, 1848-49

Industrialization, Class and Well-Being in Britain

International Conflict, Industrialization and the US Civil War

Reconstruction and Civil Rights in the US South

China, Japan, India, Industrialization and Empire

Decline of the Ottoman Empire

Unifications on the European Continent

Autocratic Russia and Student Rebellion

Smith, Mill and Marx, Tolstoy, Bukarin and Others

More Ideology, to Darwin and Spencer

Impulse to Empire: North and West Africa, 1830-80

Empire from South Africa northward, to 1900

Empire into the Pacific, to 1900

Range Wars, Gold, and Ameican Indians

A US "Gilded Age"

Empire and the World Wars

World War One (the Great Illusion)

Empire to 1908

Power Rivalry in Europe, to 1912

Assassination and Miscalculation, to June 1914

Into War Leaping, to August 3, 1914

Mindsets against Negotiation, to January 1915

Stupefying Ground War, to December 1916

War at Sea and the United States

Revolution and more Failures, 1917


Peace Treaty

Communists, Fascists and Empire, to World War Two

Lenin and Revolution

German Revolutionaries help the rise of Fascism

Failed Leftist Rising and Fascists to Power in Italy

Who was Hitler

Appeasement and War: Europe 1919-1939

Japan, Empire and War, to 1941

After 1945

The Cold War


The Eisenhower Years

Mao's Leaps and the Cultural Revolution

The Kennedy Years


Trouble in Cambodia

End of Maoism

Brezhnev and Economic Decline

Reagan: "Staying the Course"

End of the Cold War

Illegal Immigration into the US

Illegal Immigration and the Border with Mexico, 1924 to 1996

Illegal Immigration and the Border with Mexico, 2001 to 2015

Atomic Age

Japan's Surrender and the Bomb (23 Aug '15)

Cold War Confusion: Kissinger and the Eisenhower Administration

Cold War Confusion: Kissinger and the Kennedy Administration

Cold War Confustion: Kissinger and Vietnam Policy to 1969

Nixon, to the Eisenhower Presidency (11 Aug, '15)

Nixon and Vietnam (8 Aug, '15)

Buckley and Mailer (17 Aug, '15)

Syria Timeline, 2011-12: prelude to international crisis (15 Oct, '15)

Arguments against intervention in Syria, 2013-14 (17 Sep, '15)

Labor, Capital and Government Intervention, 1870 to 2015 (21 Dec ,'15)

The Movie Noah (3 Apr, '14)

The Jarawa (hunter-gatherers)