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25 Ages of Human History

HISTORY
Creating faux history gives settings depth when worldbuilding. You can decide on every occurrence, right to the point your stories begins.

This lists ages from Earth civilisations for inspiration. Don’t follow them exactly. The choice of years for ages is arbitrary. What is important is the technology, and stories, within.

World history covers lots. It is impossible incorporating it all, but I tried. My given ages are approximations. Early historical dates from historians are also estimates, but with increased knowledge came increased record keeping.

In modern history ages were mostly defined by who was the English monarch. Historically it was due to technology, and we have seen a swing back that way with the rise of computing. Other reasons you can use to define ages are cultural or wars.

Humans can expect to live longer than twenty-five years, which is the longest historical period given. I recommend choosing periods that interest you, and are next to each other chronologically. That way you can have the best of both worlds, with characters lives spanning both ages.

Ages
•         STONE 200000 BC to 3300 BC
-      Palaeolithic - 200000 BC to 10000 BC
-      Mesolithic - 10000 BC to 5000 BC
-      Neolithic - 5000 BC to 3300 BC
•         BRONZE - 3300 BC - 1300 BC
-      Early - 3300 BC to 2100 BC
-      Mid - 2100 BC to 1550 BC
-      Late - 1550 BC to 1250 BC
•         IRON - 1300 BC to 500
-      Early - 1250 BC to 500 BC
-      Mid - 500 BC to 250 BC
-      Late - 250 BC to 500
•         POST-CLASSICAL/MIDDLE - 500 to 1450
-      Early - 500 to 1000 - Early Middle
-      Mid - 1000 to 1300 - High Middle
-      Late - 1300 to 1450 - Renaissance
•         MODERN - 1450 to 1850
-      Discovery - 1450 to 1550
-      Elizabethan - 1550 to 1600
-      Jacobean - 1600 to 1650 - Protestant
-      Classism - 1650 to 1700
-      Industrious - 1700 to 1750
-      Georgian - 1750 to 1800
-      Romantic - 1800 to 1850 - Napoleonic
•         CONTEMPORARY - 1850 to 1975
-      Victorian - 1850 to 1900 - Enlightenment
-      Industrial - 1850 to 1900 - Machine
-      World War - 1900 to 1950
-      Space - 1950 to 1975
•         POSTMODERN - 1975 to 2015
-      Communication - 1975 to 2000
-      Social - 2000 to 2015

Think of what ages your cultures endured. Age definition needs reasoning, and technologies are perfect for that.

You may not want to follow examples for Earth. If so, you can define your cultural ages by any of the hundreds of inventions and progressions that exist.

Happy Creations!