Part 1 Beginnings: Mother Earth; early man; the agricultural and urban revolution. Part 2 The ancient Middle East: Sumer and Akkad; early Egypt; Syrian, Canaan, and alphabetical writing. Part 3 The diffusion of civilization: the Indus civilization and the coming of the Aryans; Minoans and Mycenaeans; beginnings in China. Part 4 Early empires: the Hittites; Egypt - the new kingdom; the Assyrian Empire; the Persian Empire. Part 5 The age of new beliefs and thought - the First millennium BC: Zoroastrianism; the 'Hundred Schools of Thoughts' in China; Buddhism; Israel; classical Greece. Part 6 Hellenism and Rome: Alexander the Great; the Hellenistic civilization; Rome; Hellenistic Judaism and early Christianity. Part 7 Asian empires of the First Millennium AD: the Han, Tang, and Song dynasties of China; pre-Islamic India; Parthians and Sassanians in Iran. Part 8 The early middle ages: Byzantium; the dark ages in Europe; the rise of Islam; the beginning of western civilization; the Crusades. Part 9 Beginnings in America and Africa: the early civilizations of Mexico; the Maya; the early civilization of Peru; beginnings in sub-Saharan Africa. Part 10 Civilizations link-up: the sea peoples; the Phoenicians and their voyages of exploration; the Graeco-Roman reach into central Asia; the Vikings; the Mongols; expansion of Islam into India and Indonesia; the European age discovery. Part 11 The later empires of Asia: from the Ming dynasty to Mao Zedong; Japan; the Moghul Empire in India; the Safawid Empire in Persia; the Ottoman Empire. Part 12 The great age of European civilization: the early national states; the Renaissance; Reformation and Counter Reformation; the European powers in the 17th and 18th centuries; the scientific revolution; the industrial revolution. Part 13 European imperialism: the Portuguese Empire; the Spanish Empire; the Netherlands and their empire; the French Empire; the British Empire - the largest of them all; the Russian Empire. Part 14 The great revolutions: the English Revolution; the Enlightment; the American Revolution; the French Revolution; Napoleon; the liberation of Latin America; classicism and romanticism; the revolutions of 1830-1848; the creation of national states - Italy and Germany; realism, impressionism, socialism; the American dream; the Russian Revolution. Part 15 The break-up of empires: the road to self-destruction; WWI; the years between the wars; WWII; the collapse o European colonialism; the Cold War; the western powers since WWI; the advent of women power; the revival of Islamic fundamentalism and fanaticism; the rise of the states of the Pacific Rim; the collapse of the Soviet Empire.
Nathan Schur is an academic and teacher.