BC: Alex Johnson 2B
FC: The Big Timeline | By: Alexandra Johnson
1: Table of Contents | Page 2&3 Meet Simone Page 4&5 Ancient River Valley Page 6&7 Classical Greece/Rome Page 8&9 Post Classical Asia/Africa Page 10&11 Post Classical Europe Page 12&13 Renaissance/Reformation Page 14&15 Enlightenment/Revolutions Page 16&17 World War 1 Page 18&19 World War 2 Page 20&21 Cold War Page 22&23 Bye Simone Page 24 Back Page
2: Once upon a time, there was a little girl named Simone. She loved to go to school and learn. Simone was excited because today she would learn about world history and how things were before she was born. When Simone got to school, her teacher, Mrs. Ford had a big timeline set up and started to tell the class a story.
3: A time line is a long strip of paper that has important dates on it. If Simone made a time line of her life, she would put the day she was born and the day she started kindergarten. But anyway, Mrs. Ford took about a time line and finally Simone got to learn!
4: Mrs. Ford said that a long time ago, there was a place called Ancient River Valley. It was home to the first civilization, which is like a small city. Many people and cultures came together and practiced cultural diffusion. Cultural diffusion is the spread of ideas, people, or things. Mrs. Ford says its a little like when kids share toys and food. But, the ancient river valley had four different civilizations. They all lived together happily and divided ideas. Also during that time, new technology came up, people started to farm. They used to hunt and gather, which is picking berries and bringing them home. But, then they started to farm, which is making your own fruits and veggies, like carrots. Farming helped people a lot 'cause it was faster and gave them more to eat!
5: What if people had not learned to farm? If people hadn't learned to farm I think our world would be really far behind. The idea to farm started other ideas that lead to more and more ideas! Without farming we wouldn't have as much food either, farming created more food for everyone so we won't go hungry. | idea!
6: Next on the time line is Classical Greece/Rome. Greece and Rome are two big countries that were formed a long time ago. But there here today, and I know that because Ms. Ford showed us on a map. During this time there were a lot of up and coming empires. Empires are basically a really big government with a few people in charge. Rome was a very powerful empire that controlled the world with their military, but eventually they became to much an collapsed. Also lots of people in Rome started to go on voyages, Ms. Ford says a voyage is when people go exploring the oceans in ships. I think a voyage would be really fun, because I would get to learn, meet new friends, and explore! Speaking of exploring, there was this one really long road called int silk road in those times. Travelers used to used it to get around and trade items like salt and sugar.
7: What if Rome did not fall? If the Roman Empire did not fall when it did, I think it could have caused more problems. Rome wouldn't have fallen into the dark ages. When Rome awoke from the dark ages, they were stronger than ever and sparked revolutions. That really helped all nations, so if Rome wouldn't have fallen, we might actually be stupider.
8: After Classical Greece/Rome, it's time for Post-Classical Asia/Africa. Post means after, so Ms. Ford says after classical, there was post-classical. Basically, when Europe was in the dark time period, the spotlight moved to Asia and Africa. Across the ocean, there were these people called Bantu. And the Bantu people moved around a lot, so much there was a time called Bantu migrations. They spread new ideas, language, and culture around from places all over Africa. Also, during this time the silk road began to cause problems. The silk road was the long road that was used for travel and trade, in case you forgot. But anyways, after some fighting the Mongols opened the Silk Road for safe travels. The Mongols were.....
9: What if Bantu migrations never happened? | If the Bantu never migrated, then our world may not as open to new culture as they are today. Ms. Ford says the Bantu opened people's eyes to see that trying new things isn't always bad. I am really happy when I try new things, like cherry snow-cones, so I know then Bantu had good intentions, even if not everyone approved.
10: Ms. Ford says that at the same time post-classical Africa/Asia was going on, so was Medieval Europe. There was one main problem in Medieval Europe, and that was the black plauge. It was a huge disease that swept thousands of people. Also called the black death, the disease killed one out of every three people. The disease was brought to Europe by infected rats on ships. Gross! The rats bit people and, everyone who as bit died shortly after. During the dark ages, a lot of new artwork was made that had to do with religion. Ms. Ford says people were really sad, so they looked to their God for support. This art actually became very popular and helped drag Europe out of the darkness they were trapped in.
11: What if the Black Plague didn't attack Western Europe? I think that if the black death never happened, we would have a lot more people in the world! It killed so many in Europe, that they nearly had to rebuild their population. Another thing is that we would not have the ever so famous art that came out of this sad time period.
12: Next stop is the Renaissance and Reformation era. Ms. Ford this is basically when the world wakes up from a deep sleep, especially Europe. Reform means to change how things were before. And that's exactly what happened in Europe, Ms. Ford said. The citizens of Europe overthrew the old church that was in charge and decided to start a new religion. This was one of the greatest moments in history, because new religions aren't just made on a normal day. Also across the globe, nations began to gain more knowledge and started inventing things. People like Johannes Gutenberg invented great things like the printing press. The printing press made everyone's life easier! It allowed books to be printed instead of written by hand! It helped everyone learn to read, because books were no longer written in Latin! All became instantly smarter!
13: What if Gutenberg had not invented the printing press? Well if the printing press had not been printed, a reform most likely would not have happened. People began to reform because books were printed and they became aware of things. | Before all thing were written Latin and no commoners could understand it. However when books were printed in English then people wanted change!
14: After the reformation, comes the enlightenment and revolutions. During this time many new ideas and inventions came about. Ms. Ford says that people got tired of how the old things were done so they started revolutions. A revolution is when people overtake the government and change how things were previously done. While the enlightenment was going on all over the world, many nations were having a lot of advances in technology and a bunch of other inventions.. America was one of the major places to gain inventions and ideas. Ms. Ford said the industrial revolution really helped the world move forward.
15: What if the Industrial Revolution had begun in Germany or Russia? I think if the revolution had begun there first the Russians or Germans would have been really selfish. They would have kept all the ideas to themselves and not shared them with other countries. Then they would have taken their new ideas and tried to start a war with us, then had new things to use. Ms. Ford says that would not be very fair, but they wouldn't care.
16: World War One, was the first world war in history. The first world war was between the Allies and the Central Powers. The war started in 1914, and ended in 1918. The Allied Powers were France, Britian, Russia, USA, Italy, Japan, Belgium, Serbia, Romania, and Greece.The Central Powers were Germany, Austria-Hungary, Ottoman Empire, and Bulgaria. Ms. Ford says that over 9 million people were killed and it was one of the biggest wars to date. In the ends, Germany was blamed for the whole war, because they started and had the most intense fighting. They took all the blame and had to pay back a lot of money and give up their personal rights.
17: What if Germany hadn't been blamed for the world war? I think if Germany was never blamed, then | there would never have been a world war 2. I could have really benefit us as a globe. Even though Germany was the cause, sometimes you need to take the blame for things you didn't do.
18: World War 2 basically happened | World War 2 basically happened because of the last world war. After World War 1, every other country made Germany sign a treaty saying how they got blamed for the war. Germany became upset and sparked a second World War. This was very unfortunate for the world, because it had not even been 50 years yet since the old war. Germany and Russia slowly began to gain control of all countries and eventually start a holocaust. But Ms. Ford says she will save that story for another day.
19: What if the US had not dropped bombs on Japan? I honestly do not think much would be different whether we had dropped the bombs or not. I know that us dropping bombs started a chain reaction, but if we hadn't done that we would have | never gotten bombed in the first place. If we had not have dropped the bombs, I think it would be better for us now.
20: Last on the time line today is the Cold War, it happened right after WW2. But this time it was between Russia (The Soviet Union) and the United States. Ms. Ford says there was actually no fighting between those two countries. The whole war was just them trying to prove who is the better nation. Over the whole war, there was this thing going on called the space race. Both the US and Russia wanted to have the most knowledge about the moon. Although Russia had some great advance, Ms. Ford says that the US were the first people on the moon in 196. Yay! In the end, the war was basically won by the US.
21: What is the soviet union had gotten to the moon first? The US would forever be living in shame. We do not want the soviets to beat us at anything. The US strives to be the best, so if they beat us getting to the moon, that would be a big failure!
23: Well, that is all the time Ms. Ford has for today. I hope you had fun reading this book. Bye! Love, Simone.