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The Labyrinth of World History
John Clarke Ridpath stated that his motive for writing "A History of the World" (1923) was: "A desire to bring within the reach of the average reader a concise and accurate summary of the principal events in the career of the human race. Recent historical works have nearly all been in the nature of special studies, limited in their scope to a particular epoch.

Estimates of World Population
Population in millions
YearPopulation
BC 10000 4
5000 5
1000 50
1 AD 170
600 200
1000 265
1500 425
1600 545
1700 610
1800 900
1900 1,625
2000 6,078
Sources: McEvedy, Colin and Richard Jones, 1978, "Atlas of World Population History." and U.S. Census Bureau
The result has been that the works in question are so elaborate in detail and so recondite in method, that the common reader has neither courage to undertake nor time to complete them. Before a single topic can be mastered, he finds himself lost in a labyrinth. The synthesis of different periods, treated by different authors, seems impossible; he turns in discouragement from the task; and to him the history of the past remains a sealed fountain."

Our goal is to help you navigate this "labyrinth of history", from the first great ancient civilizations in the Fertile Crescent and Egypt (both part of modern day Middle East) to the great changes of the Middle Ages to the world conflicts of the 20th century.

Explore our World History section by selecting a choice from the menu on the left-hand side of this page.

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Events
1122 Concordat of Worms ends the Investiture Controversy between the Pope and Holy Roman Emperor
1779 Battle of Flamborough Head
1862 Battle of Wood Lake
1940 A British naval force led by Admiral John Cunningham and Free French troops led by Charles de Gaulle attack Dakar; the invasion is repulsed by Vichy forces
1941 Charles de Gaulle announces in London the formation of a national committee as the legitimate French government in exile

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Ten States with the Most Railroad Track in 1840
1. Pennsylvannia
2. New York
3. Massachusetts
4. Maryland & DC
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