World History


As with U.S. history, understanding where civilization has been and how it has evolved will help guide us through the unknown future.  And as daunting as it may seem to absorb 5000+ years of information, even acquiring a basic overview of the timeline and few key points from each period will broaden your perspective and bring a new awareness to current events.

Start with early man in Africa, the ancients in the Middle East and China, the Egyptians, the Greeks, and the Romans.  The fall of Rome began the medieval Dark Ages which included the Byzantine Empire, the rise of Islam, Charlemange, the Vikings, and the Central/South American Indian empires.
The Renaissance brought us great advancements in art, science, philosophy, and exploration.  The Enlightenment and the beginnings of the Industrial Revolution ushered in the modern era.  Each of these periods offers tremendous insight into who we are and how we got here.

"Those who don't know history are doomed to repeat it."

~ Edmund Burke


A Little History of the World, E.H. Gombrech

The History of ... series, Susan Wise Bauer

The Story of Civilization, Will Durant

Cartoon History of the Universe, Larry Gonick

The Rise of the West, William McNeill

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Edward Gibbon

Ancient Rome and How It Affects Us Today, Richard Maybury

The Dark Ages, Charles Oman

The Middle Ages, Morris Bishop

History of the Inquisition of the Middle Ages, Henry Lea

The Renaissance: A Short History, Paul Johnson

A History of the 20th Century,  Martin Gilbert

Patriot's History of the Modern World, Larry Schweikart

Modern Times, Paul Johnson

Conquests and Cultures, Thomas Sowell


The Aneid, Virgil

The Iliad and the Odessey, Homer

The Histories, Herodotus

History of the Peloponnesian War, Thucydides

The Rise and Fall of Athens, Plutarch

The Rise of the Roman Empire, Polybius

The Gallic War, Julius Caesar

The Fall of the Roman Empire, Plutarch


The British Museum

BBC History

Illustrated History of the Roman Empire

A History of the World

Time Maps

Timelines; Sources from History

British Pathe Videos


History World


The following books are often found in classical homeschooling curricula. Although they are written for children and young adults, they provide an excellent introduction to world history for all ages.

The History of Mankind, Hendrik Willem Van Loon

Story of the World series, Susan Wise Bauer

Story of the World series, M.B. Synge

Augustus Caesar's World, Genevieve Foster

The World of Columbus and Sons, Genevieve Foster

Famous Men of ... series, Greenleaf Press

All Through the Ages: History Through Literature Guide, Christine Miller

Julian Messner biographies

Albert Marrin histories

Garrard history series

Immortals of Mankind biographies

Landmark and World Landmark books