A WORLD HISTORY SKELETON
This chapter is an introductory guide to world history, a summary of a standard framework – a textbook in a few pages. Emphases are threefold: ﬁrst, most obviously, since history is a time-based discipline, what are the deﬁnitions of key time periods and what are the main features of each? Second, within each period (diﬀerent regions move into diﬀerent positions depending on timeframe) what are the geographical highlights? And third (some periods feature change in certain topics – providing the main focus – but substantial continuities in others) what are the key subjects in each period? The chapter introduces the more analytical focus explored in later chapters, but it can also be used as a highlights-in-advance approach to any of the large textbooks that will expand on each of the points here in greater detail. It’s the woods, for this purpose, in advance of the trees.