World History Timeline




A Mongol clan leader named Temujin wanted to unite the Mongols under his rule. He defeated his rivals and in 1206, got the name Genghis Khan.

Genghis Khan


The clan leader Temujin assumed the name Genghis Khan. Genghis Khan means universal ruler (of the Mongols).

Conquer of Central Asia

1211 - 1225

In those years, Genghis Khan managed to conquer all of central China. He did this through a campaign of terror.

Mongols Invade the Jin Empire


Genghis Khan invaded the Jin Empire before conquering the Islamic region to the west of the Mongols. He wanted to conquer all of China.

Genghis Khan Dies


He died form illness, not violence. His successors continued to expand the empire after him.

Kublai Khan Assumes Leadership


Kublai Khan assumes the title Great Khan. He was Genghis Khan's grandson.

Marco Polo Arrived at Kublai Khan's Court


Marco Polo arrived at Kublai Khan's by traveling through the Silk Road with his father and uncle. He ended up serving Kublai Khan for 17 years.

Attempts to Take Japan


Kublai Khan sent huge fleets to try and take over Japan, but Japan turned them back. A typhoon finished off the Mongol ships, and they were destroyed.

Kublai Khan Died


Kublai Khan died, and after his death the Yuan dynasty began to fade. The family members left started to fight over who would rule.


Chandragupta Gains Power

321 BC

Chandragupta gathers an army and overthrows the unpopular Nanda king, and claimed the throne.

North India United

303 BC

North India was united. It stretched more than 2000 miles.

Asoka Assumes the throne

301 BC

Asoka, Chandragupta's son assumes the throne. He rules for 32 years.

Asoka became King

269 BC

Asoka became king and at first followed in his father's footsteps.

Asoka Died

232 BC

Asoka dies in 232 BC. His nonviolent policies failed to hold the empire together.

Different people come

185 BC - 315 AD

Many waves of Greeks, central Asians, and Persians poured into India.

Chandra Gupta took the throne

320 AD

He toke the throne by marriage, and was in no way related to Chandragupta Maurya.

Samudra Gupta becomes king


Chandra Gupta II rules

375 - 415

He brought peace by negotiating diplomatic and marriage alliances. Indians liked him because of his heroic qualities.

Gupta Empire Ends


Gupta empire is overrun by the Hunas and Central Asians. The empire splits and falls apart.

Timur the Lame destroyed Deli


Timur the Lame destroyed Deli, and the city was completely devastated. It would eventually be rebuilt, but not for a while.

Babur Inherits a Kingdom


An 11-year old boy n hermits a tiny kingdom. His elders eventually took it away, and drove him south. He would later return to conquer much of India.

A Victory to Babur


Babur proved his great military skill when he led an army of only 12,000 soldiers against an army of 100,000 soldiers, and won.

Akbar's Rule

1556 - 1605

Akbar ruled the Indian territory with tolerance for this long.

Mumtaz Mahal Dies


Mumtaz Mahal died at age 39 while giving birth to her 14th child. She was the beloved wife of the ruler Shah Jahan, and when she died, he built the great Taj Mahal in her honor.

Shah Jahan Becomes Ill


Shah Jahan becomes ill, and his four sons scrambled for the throne. His third son Aurangzeb took the throne, and executed his older brother, the most dangerous rival. He then arrested his father and put him in the dungeons where he died a few years later.

Aurangzeb's Rule

1658 - 1707

The aggressive leader Aurangzeb ruled. He was a gat military strategist.


Laura Died



Cosimo de Medici Was Dictator of Florence

1434 - 1464

He started out the wealthiest man of his time. He gained control of Florence's government, and influenced the council with giving them loans.

Johann Gutenberg Opens a Printing Press


Johann Gutenberg opens a printing press. He incorporated a number of new technologies.

Leonardo da Vinci is Alive

1452 - 1519

Leonardo da Vinci lived. He was many things, but thought of himself as mostly a painter. He was a genius.

The Turks Conquered Constantinople


The Turks conquered Constantinople, and Christian scholars fled to Rome with Greek manuscripts.

The Hundred Year's war Ended


The Hundred Years' War between England and France ended. Then, many cities grew rapidly.

Lorenzo de Medici Came to Power


Lorenzo de Medici came to power after his father, Cosimo de Medici. He ruled as a dictator.

Michelangelo Buonarroti Lives

1475 - 1564

Michelangelo Buonarroti lived. He portrayed the human body through his painting and drawing.

Vittoria Colonna Lived

1492 - 1547

Vittoria Colonna, a poet lived. She exchanged poems with Michaelangelo.

A French King Claims the Throne of Naples


A French king claims the throne of Nples and launched an invasion through northern Italy.

The Praise of Folly was Written


The Praise of Folly was written by Desiderius Erasmus, a Christian humanist.

The Prince was Written


The Prince was written by Niccolò Machiavelli. It examines the imperfections of humans.

Utopia was Written


The book Utopia was written by Thomas More, trying to show a better kind of society.

Baldassare Castiglione Wrote the Courtier


Baldassare Castiglione wrote the Courtier that taught how to become a renaissance man.

Flemish Painting Reaches its Peak


Queen Elizabeth Reigned

1558 - 1603

Queen Elizabeth reigned in what was called the Elizabethan era. She was a well educated woman with a soft spot for the arts.

Shakespeare Started in London


Shakespeare was writing poems and plays in London. He would soon start the globe theatre to stage his plays.