World History Timeline


Temujin Unifies the Mongol Clans

1200 - 1206

A Mongol clan leader begins to unify the Mongol clans around 1200. He defeats his enemies one by one and succeeds in 1206.

Temujin becomes Genghis Khan


Temuijin takes the title of Genghis Khan, or "universal ruler." In doing this, he unites every Mongol clan under his own leadership.

Genghis Khan invades China


After uniting the Mongols, Genghis Khan's fist goal was to take China. His armies invaded the northern Jin Empire.

Mongols take Central Asia


Genghis Khan begins an invasion of Central Asia after Muslims murdered Mongol traders and an ambassador. The Mongols conquered many cities with no mercy. Genghis had all of Central Asia by 1225.

Death of Genghis Khan


Genghis Khan dies in 1227. The cause of his death was from illness, not from battle. His successors continue to expand the empire after his death.

Mongol Empire Divides


The Mongol Empire was divided into four sections or khanates. There was the Khanate of the Great Khan, the Khanate of Chagatai, the Illkhanate, and Khanate of the Golden Horde. Descendents of Genghis Khan ruled each Khanate. Kublai Khan rules the Khanate of the Great Khan.

Marco Polo comes to Khan's Court

1275 - 1292

A Venetian trader named Marco Polo arrives in Kublai Khan's court around 1275. Polo was sent on government missions by the Great Khan.

Mongol fleets Invade Japan


Kublai Khan attemps to take Japan after conquering China. The fleet was made up of 150,000 warriors. The invasion lasted 53 days until a typhoon destroyed the Mongol fleet.

Kublai Khan Dies


After the death of Kublai Khan, the Yuan Dynasty begins to fall. After his death rebellions broke out in China.


History of the Mauryan and Gupta Empires

Mauryan Empire begins

321 BC

At this time, a Nanda family ruled the lower Ganges River. Chandragupta Maurya and his army kill the unpopular Nanda king. Chandragupta takes the throne and starts the Mauryan Empire.

Mauryan Empire unites north India

303 BC

One of Alexander the great's generals, Seleucus wants control over the Indus Valley. Chandragupta defeats Seleucus after several years of fighting and the Mauryan Empire reached over 2,000 miles. North India is politically united for the first time.

Chandragupta's son becomes king

301 BC

Chandragupta's son assumes the title of king in 301 BC. He rules for 32 years.

Asoka becomes king

269 BC

Asoka is the grandson of Chandrgupta and takes the throne in 269 BC. He first begins a military campaign but after observing war he decides to study Buddhism.

Asoka dies

232 BC

The Empire started to fade because Asoka's policies of nonviolence and toleration could not hold the empire together. Asoka dies in 232 BC.

Greeks, Persians, and Central Asians come to India

185 BC

For 500 years Greeks, Persians, and Central Asians come to northern India starting around 185 BC. These invaders introduce new languages and culture to Indian society.

Chandra Gupta beomes king


Chandra Gupta comes into power by marrying the daughter of a royal family. He takes the title "Great King of Kings."

Samundra Gupta becomes king


Chandra Gupta's son, Samundra Gupta becomes king in 335 BC. He expands the empire throught 40 years of war and conquest.

Chandra Gupta II rules


Chandra Gupta II defeats the Shakas and adds land to the coast. This opens up trade with the Mediterranean world. He also negotiates peaceful alliances.

Chandra Gupta II's rule ends


Chandra Gupta II began his rule in 375. His rule ends in 415.

Gupta Empire ends


Invaders called the Hunas that were related to the Huns threaten northern India. The empire breaks into small kingdoms, many overrun, and ends in 535.

Timur Destroys Delhi


Timur the lame destroyed the city of delhi in 1398. The city was completely devestated and there was no life left in it.

Babur Inherits a Kingdom


An 11 year old boy named Babur inherited a small kingdom in 1494. The elders then took away the kingdom and drove Babur south, where he built up an army.

Babur's Conquest


In 1526 Babur defeated a 100,000 man army with only 12,000 troops. He later defeated the large rajput army.

Akbar's Rule

1556 - 1605

Babur's grandson, Akbar, took the throne when he was just 13. As a very skilled military conqueror, Akbar unified a land of 100 million people. He was also tolerant of different cultures and religions. He eventually died in 1605.

Mumtaz Mahal Dies


The wife of Shah Jahan, Mumtaz Mahal, died in 1631 while giving birth to her 14th child. Shah Jahan ordered a tomb to be built in her memory. The tomb was called the Taj Mahal.

Shah Jahan Becomes Ill


Whe Shah Jahan becomes ill in 1657, his four sons desire power. A civil war begins and Shah Jahan's third son, Aurangzeb, takes the throne.

Aurangzeb's Reign

1658 - 1707

Aurangzeb ruled the Mughal Empire from 1658 to 1707. He greatly expanded the empire, but he restricted the peoples lives and was not tolerant of Hindus. At the end of his rule the empire was out of resources and many died due to famine.




The Decameron was written by Giovanni Boccaccio. It tells of a group of young people who are trying to avoid the plauge in 1348.

Cosimo de Medici controls the government

1434 - 1464

Cosimo de Medici was the wealthiest European and won control of the government in 1634. He won control by giving loans to ruling council. He was dictator of Flourence for 30 years until he died in 1464.

Leonardo da Vinci

1452 - 1519

Leonardo was a painter, scientist, sculptor, and inventor. He studied anatomy and nature and filled his notebook with sketches of inventions. He painted the famous painting, Mona Lisa.

Hundred Years War ends


The war between England and France ended in 1453. At the end of the war, cites grew rapidly and merchants became wealthy enough to sponsor artists.

Christian Scholars flee to Rome


Renaissance scholars wanted to go back to the learning of the Greeks and Romans. In 1453, Christian scholars fled Constantinople with Greek and Roman manuscripts when the city was conquered by the Turks.

Donatello's statue

1465 - 1469

Donatello made sculpture more realistic by including posture and expression. This is demonstrated in his statue of David, built in the late 1460s.

Lorenzo de Medici comes to power


Grandson of Cosimo, Lorenzo de Medici, came to power in 1469. He ruled as a dictator but had an elected government.

Michelangelo Buonarroti

1475 - 1564

Michelangelo was also a Renaissance man like Leonardo. He is most famous for the dome of St. Peter's, the paintings on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, and the statue of David.

Vittoria Colonna

1492 - 1547

Vittoria Colonna was a member of a noble family. She married Marquis of Pescara in 1509, but he was often away on military campaigns. Vittoria exchanged sonnets with Michelangelo, helped publish "The Courtier," and wrote to her husband while he was away.

Invasion of northern Italy


In 1494, a French King assumed control of Naples, Italy. He then launched an invasion of Northern Italy. Many Italian artists and writers fled to Northern Europe, with them their techniques and styles.

Michelangelo's sculpture

1501 - 1504

Michelangelo sculpted his statue of David from 1501 to 1504. He shows David right before battle, who stands 18 feet tall.

The Mona Lisa

1504 - 1506

The Mona Lisa was painted by Leonardo da Vinci from 1504 to 1506. The portrait was thought to be of Lisa Gherardini, the wife of a wealthy merchant from Flourence.

The Praise of Folly


Erasmus wrote his famous work, "The Praise of Folly" in 1509. The book displayed merchants, lovers, and scholars.

The Prince


"The Prince" was written Niccolo Machiavelli. It is in the form of a political guidebook that examines how a ruler can gain and keep power and shows the qualities of a politician.



In 1516 Thomas More wrote the book, "Utopia" which means "no place" in Greek. He describes a perfect place to live with no corruption, war, or greed.

"The Courtier" was written


In 1528 "The Courtier" was written by Baldassare Castiglione. The book tought one how to become a Renaissance man. Renaissance men were well educated and skilled in many fields.

Flemish painting reaches a peak


Flemish painting reached a peak after 1550 with the paintings of Pieter Bruegel the Elder. He was skilled in displaying large numbers of people like in weddings, dances, or harvests.