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Not to be confused with recorded history or history of the earth.

For other uses, see History of the world (disambiguation).

For the study and teaching of world history see World History and/or Historiography

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1 Prehistory

2 Antiquity

2.1 Cradles of civilizations

2.1.1 Timeline

2.2 Axial Age

2.3 Regional empires

2.4 Declines and falls

3 Middle Ages

4 European Renaissance

5 Modern history

5.1 Early modern period

5.1.1 Rise of Europe

5.2 Modern period

5.2.1 Contemporary history 1900 to 1945 1945 to 2000 21st century

6 See also

6.1 History topics

6.2 History by period

6.3 History by region

7 Notes

8 References

9 Further reading

The history of the world is the history of humanity from the earliest times to the present, in all places on earth, beginning with the Paleolithic Era. It excludes non-human natural history and geological history, except insofar as the natural world substantially affects human lives. World history encompasses the study of written records, from ancient times forward, plus additional knowledge gained from other sources, such as archaeology. Ancient recorded history[1] begins with the invention, independently at several sites on Earth, of writing, which created the infrastructure for lasting, accurately transmitted memories and thus for the diffusion and growth of knowledge.[2][3] However, the roots of civilization reach back to the period before writing — humanity's prehistory.

Human prehistory begins in the Paleolithic Era, or "Early Stone Age". Later, during the Neolithic Era (New Stone Age), came the Agricultural Revolution (between 8000 and 5000 BCE) in the Fertile Crescent, where humans first began the systematic husbandry of plants and animals.[4][5][6] Agriculture spread to neighboring regions and developed independently elsewhere, until most humans lived as farmers in...