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From the Book - First American edition.
Human origins, 200,000 years ago-3500 BCE --
Ancient civilizations, 6000 BCE-500 CE --
The medieval world, 500-1492 --
The early modern era, 1420-1795 --
Changing societies, 1776-1914 --
The modern world, 1914-present.
Human origins, 200,000 years ago-3500 BCE : At least as important as Columbus's journey to America or the Apollo 11 expedition : The first humans arrive in Australia ; Everything was so beautiful, so fresh : Cave painting at Altamira ; The foundations of today's Europe were forged in the events of the late Ice Age : The big freeze ; A great civilization on the Anatolian plain : The settlement at -- Ancient civilizations, 6000 BCE-500 CE : To bring about the rule of righteousness in the land : The Law Code of Hammurabi ; All the lands have fallen prostrate beneath his sandals for eternity : The temples of Abu Simbel ; Attachment is the root of suffering : Siddartha Gautama preaches Buddhism ; A clue to the existence of a system of picture-writing in the Greek lands : The palace at Knossos ; In times of peace, sons bury their fathers, but in war it is the fathers who bury their sons : The Persian Wars ; Administration is in the hands of the many and not of the few : Athenian democracy ; There is nothing impossible to he who will try : The conquests of Alexander the Great ; If the Qin should ever get his way with the world, then the whole world will end up his prisoner The first emperor unifies China ; Thus perish all tyrants : The assassination of Julius Caesar ; By this sign conquer : The Battle of Milvian Bridge ; The city which had taken the whole world was itself taken : The sack of Rome -- The medieval world, 500-1492 : Seek to enlarge the empire and make it more glorious : Belisarius retakes Rome ; Truth has come and falsehood has vanished : Muhammad receives the divine revelation ; A leader in whose shadow the Christian nation is at peace : The crowning of Charlemagne ; The ruler is wealthy but the state is destroyed : The An Lushan revolt ; A surge in spirit and awakening in intelligence : The founding of Baghdad ; Never before has such a terror appeared in Britain : The VIking raid on Lindisfarne ; The Roman church has never erred : The Investiture Controversy ; A man destined to become master of the state : Minamoto Yoritomo becomes Shogun ; That men in our kingdom shall have and keep all these liberties, rights, and concessions : The signing of the Magna Carta ; The most potent man, as regards forces and lands and treasure, that exists in the world : Kublai Khan conquers the Song ; Those who until now have been mercenaries for a few coins achieve eternal rewards : The fall of Jerusalem ; The work of giants : The construction of Angkor Wat ; He left no court emir nor royal office holder without the gift of a load of gold : Mansa Musa's hajj to Mecca ; Give the sun the blood of enemies to drink : The foundation of Tenochtitlan ; Scarce the tenth person of any sort was left alive : The outbreak of the Black Death in Europe ; I have worked to discharge heaven's will : Hongwu founds the Ming dynasty ; Cast down the adversaries of my Christian people : The fall of Granada ; I have newly devised 28 letters : King Sejong introduces a new script -- The early modern era, 1420-1795 : As my city falls, I shall fall with it : The fall of Constantinople ; Following the light of the sun we left the Old World : Christopher Columbus reaches America ; This line shall be considered as a perpetual mark and bound : The Treaty of Tordesillas ; The ancients never raised their buildings so high : The beginnings of the Italian Renaissance ; War has become very different : The Battle of Castilon ; As different from ours as day and night : The Columbian exchange ; My conscience is captive to the Word of God : Martin Luther's 95 theses ; He began war in Bohemia, which he subjugated and forced into his religion : The defenestration of Prague ; Royalty is a remedy for the spirit of rebellion : The conquests of Akbar the Great ; They cherished a great hope and inward zeal : The voyage of the Mayflower ; We will cut off his head with the crown upon it : The execution of Charles I -- The very being of the plantations depends upon the supple of Negro servants : The formation of the Royal African Company ; There is no corner where one does not of talk shares : The opening of the Amsterdam Stock Exchange ; After victory, tighten the cords of your helmet : The Battle of Sekigahara ; Use barbarians to control barbarians : The revolt of the three feudatories ; I have in this treatise cultivated mathematics so far as it regards philosophy : Newton publishes Principia ; As far as I think it possible for man to go : The voyages of Captain Cook ; I am the state : Louis XIV begins personal rule of France ; Don't forget your great guns, the most respectable arguments of the rights of kings : The Battle of Quebec ; Assemble all the knowledge scattered on the surface of the earth : Diderot publishes the Encyclope?die ; I built St. Petersburg as a window to let in the light of Europe : The founding of St. Petersburg --
Changing societies, 1776-1914 : We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal : The signing of the Declaration of Independence ; Sire, it's a revolution : The storming of the Bastille ; I must make all the peoples of Europe one people, and of Paris the capital of the world : The Battle of Waterloo ; Let us lay the cornerstone of American freedom without fear; to hesitate is to perish : Boli?var establishes Gran Colombia ; Life without industry is guilt : Stephenson's Rocket enters service ; You may choose to look the other way, but you can never again say you did not know : The Slave Trade Abolition Act ; Society was cut in two : The 1848 revolutions ; This enterprise will return immense rewards : The construction of the Suez Canal ; Endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been and are being evolved : Darwin publishes On the origin of the species ; Let us arm; let us fight for our brothers : The Expedition of the Thousand ; These sad scenes of death and sorrow, when are they to come to an end? : The Siege of Lucknow ; Better to abolish serfdom from above, than to wait for it to abolish itself from below : Russia emancipates the serfs ; Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth : The Gettysburg Address ; Our manifest destine is to overspread the continent : The California gold rush ; America is God's crucible, the greatest melting pot : The opening of Ellis Island ; Enrich the country, strengthen the military : The Meiji Restoration ; In my hand I wield the universe and the power to attack and kill : The second opium war ; I ought to be jealous of the Eiffel Tower; she is more famous than I am : The opening of the Eiffel Tower ; If I could, I would annex other planets : The Berlin Conference ; My people are going to learn the principles of democracy, the dictates of truth, and the teachings of science ; Deeds not words : The death of Emily Davison
The modern world, 1914-present : You often wish you were dead : The Balle of Passchendaele ; History will not forgive us if we do not assume power now : The October Revolution ; This is not peace, this is an armistice fro 20 years : The Treaty of Versailles ; Death is the solution to all problems; no man - no problem : Stalin assumes power ; Any lack of confidence in the economic future of the United States is foolish : The Wall Street crash ; The truth is that men are tired of liberty : The Reichstag fire ; In starting and waging a war, it is not right that matters but victory : Nazi invasion of Poland ; The Final Solution of the Jewish question : The Wannssee Conference ; All we did was fly and sleep : The Berlin Airlift ; At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom : Indian independence and partition ; The name of our state shall be Israel : The establishment of Israel ; The Long March is a manifesto, a propaganda force, a seeding-machine : The Long March ; Ghana, your beloved country, is free forever : Nkrumah wins Ghanaian independence ; We're eyeball to eyeball, and I think the other fellow just blinked : The Cuban Missile Crisis ; People of the whole world are pointing to the satellite : The launch of Sputnik ; I have a dream : The March on Washington ; I am not going to lose Vietnam : The Gulf of Tonkin incident ; A revolution is not a bed of roses : The Bay of Pigs invasion ; Scatter the old world, build the new : The cultural revolution ; We shall defend it with our blood and strength, and we shall meet aggression with aggression and evil with evil : The Suez Crisis : The Iron Curtain is swept aside : The fall of the Berlin Wall ; All power to the people : The 1968 protests ; Never, never, and never again : The release of Nelson Mandela ; Create an unbearable situation of total insecurity with no hope of further survival or life : The Siege of Sarajevo ; Today, our fellow citizens, our way of life, our very freedom came under attack : The 911 attacks ; You affect the world by what you browse : The launch of the first website ; A crisis that began in the mortgage markets of America has brought the world's financial system close to collapse : The global financial crisis ; This is a day about our entire human family : Global population exceeds 7 billion
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