Timelines: The world is bigger than Europe!
July 26, 2016 9:12 AM   Subscribe

What are your favorite non-eurocentric timelines of world history? Anything in the 2000 BCE - 1920s CE range is helpful, especially if the events listed are likely to be common knowledge for people in the USA (and, to a lesser extent, other English-speaking countries).

I'm putting together a timeline of the history of chocolate and want to establish points of reference. For example, Columbus first saw cacao beans (and mistook them for almonds) about sixty years after Gutenberg built his first printing press.

Most "World History" timelines seem to be about 90% European, and I haven't had much success searching for alternatives. I realize "non-eurocentric" and "common knowledge" are often mutually exclusive given the eurocentric nature of education in the US, but I'd rather not perpetuate it.
posted by sibilatorix to Education (4 answers total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
I really like Time Maps, which shows you what's going on all around the world at various points in time. It also has extra resources about things that are happening across various places (e.g. agriculture).

It didn't seem massively Eurocentric, but I say that with the caveat that I've mostly used the site to read about time periods where basically nothing was happening in Europe anyway.
posted by terretu at 9:19 AM on July 26, 2016 [1 favorite]

Are you looking for an actual prepared timeline? Or just suggestions of interesting historical times?

The history of the Mongol empire is fascinating because of it's reach across Asia and Europe and the fact that it was co-incident with various important EU centric events.

Ditto the first thousand years or so of Islam.
posted by sparklemotion at 9:23 AM on July 26, 2016

Have you seen the Timetables of History? It's an awesome book, and would fit your needs.
posted by Lutoslawski at 9:46 AM on July 26, 2016 [1 favorite]

It only covers from the beginning of life on earth to A.D. 1500, so you would need to supplement it for the more recent stuff, but the book Smithsonian Timelines of the Ancient World is definitely not eurocentric.
posted by gudrun at 7:00 PM on July 26, 2016

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