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A Comprehensive Chronicle of World History
Volumes I through IV

Frank King, Ph.D.
Copyright © 2008 Frank King

This comprehensive view of world history exists because we cannot know ourselves, our current situations and problems, our ancestors, and other humans without a dispassionate understanding of our past. History is our best record of reality past, and without it we have no way to appreciate human nature and the length, progress, and depth of our actions, institutions, and experiences to prepare us for progress in the future. This work, started in 1994, was the unabridged original source for my much shorter book published as A Chronicle of World History: From 130,000 years Ago to the Eve of AD 2000. Lanham, Maryland: University Press of America, 2002.

This work is organized into four volumes to facilitate the downloading and printing of this significant collection of material. Each volume is about 250 pages. Click on the "volume" labels below to download a fully formated PDF document. These volumes are easiest to read when printed double-sided on 8.5x11 paper and bound in a three-ring notebook or with a GBC type binding.

Volume I: The Rise of Civilizations and Cultures, covers the period -136,000 to +1399. During this period, humans just like us physically and mentally created cultures and made the difficult progression from living as nomadic hunters and gatherers to the time when they lived in organized societies everywhere. In brief, our predecessors went from living in isolated wandering bands to living in fixed communities and nation-states.

Volume II: Rennaisance to Revolution covers the period +1400 to 1799. During this time, our ancestors worked to change their conditions from being members of agricultural, feudal societies ruled by warlords or absolute rulers to the start of the Industrial Revolution with people ruled by constitutional monarchies and democratic republics. In other words, people created more enlightened, scientific/technological, liberal societies that respected individual rights and were part of the emerging interdependent global economy.

Volume III: The Reach for Power covers the period from 1800 to 1899. During the 19th century, nationalists, progressives, and nation builders defeated absolute, totalitarian, and authoritarian rulers and great empires and dynasties in China, India, Japan, France, the Mediterranean region, Latin America, and many other places while better unifying themselves in places like Germany and Italy with more advanced economies.

Volume IV: The Century of Great Violence covers the period from 1900 to 2000. During the 20th century, which can very easily be called the Great Age of Global Wars, new forms of totalitarian, expansionist governments and the last phases of colonialism and imperialism were defeated while a new, united Commonwealth of Nations and a kind of World Civilization started to become apparent.

About the Author: Frank P. King, Ph.D.

Frank P. King has lived and worked in Las Vegas, Nevada, the US Territory of Guam, Hawaii, the Republic of Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia, Japan/ Okinawa, the Philippines, the United Kingdom, and has traveled extensively elsewhere. He earned his BA and MA degrees in English at the universities of Denver and Northern Colorado and his MA and PhD in history respectively at the universities of Keele and Cambridge in the United Kingdom.

He is the author of:
    A Chronicle of World History: From 130,000 Years Ago to the Eve of AD 2000 (2002)
    America’s Nine Greatest Presidents (1997)
    Strange Comments (2002)
    The New Internationalism: Allied Policy and the European Peace 1939-1945 (1973).

He is also the editor of Oceania and Beyond: Essays on the Pacific Since 1945 (1976) and the editor (with Robert D. Craig) of the Historical Dictionary of Oceania (1981).

Copyright © 2008 Frank P. King, Ph.D.