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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
31 bc Octavian defeats Mark Antony at Battle of Actium; War of Second Triumvirate ends
1192 Richard I of England and Saladin sign truce which allows Christian access to Jerusalem; Richard leaves the Holy Land
1666 Great Fire of London is started
1861 Battle of Dry Wood Creek
1898 Battle of Omdurman
1940 United States agrees to supply Britain with 50 early-model destroyers
1945 Japanese sign surrender terms on board the USS Missouri
1945 U.S. and Japanese Sign Surrender

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8 major battles of the Petersburg Campaign
1. Opening assaults on Petersburg
2. Battle of the Crater
3. Battle of the Weldon Railroad
4. New Market Heights
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