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For the work by H. G. Wells, see The Outline of History.

The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to history:

History – discovery, collection, organization, and presentation of information about past events. History can also mean the period of time after writing was invented.

Nature of history[edit]

History can be described as all of the following:

  • Academic discipline – body of knowledge given to - or received by - a disciple (student); a branch or sphere of knowledge, or field of study, that an individual has chosen to specialise in.
    • one of the humanities – academic discipline that study the human condition, using methods that are primarily analytical, critical, or speculative, as distinguished from the mainly empirical approaches of the natural sciences.
  • Field of science – widely-recognized category of specialized expertise within science, and typically embodies its own terminology and nomenclature. Such a field will usually be represented by one or more scientific journals, where peer reviewed research is published. There are many sociology-related scientific journals.
    • Social science – field of academic scholarship that explores aspects of human society.

Essence of history[edit]

Main article: History


  • Archaeology – study of past human cultures through the recovery, documentation and analysis of material remains and environmental data
  • Archontology – study of historical offices and important positions in state, international, political, religious and other organizations and societies
  • Art history – the study of changes in and social context of art
  • Chronology – locating events in time
  • Cultural history – the study of culture in the past
  • Economic history – the study of economies in the past
  • Environmental history – study of natural history and the human relationship with the natural world
    • Forest history – study of the natural history of forests and human relationships with them
  • Futurology – study of the future: researches the medium to long-term future of societies and of the physical world
  • History painting – the painting of works of art having historical motifs or depicting great events
  • Military history – the study of warfare and wars in history
  • Natural history – history of the natural world, now usually referred to as science
  • Naval history – the branch of military history devoted to warfare at sea or in bodies of water
  • Paleography – the study of ancient texts
  • Political history – the study of past political events, ideas, movements, and leaders
  • Public history – the presentation of history to public audiences and other areas typically outside academia
  • Psychohistory – study of the psychological motivations of historical events
  • Social history – the study of societies and social trends in the past
  • World history – the study of global historical trends and dynamics

Record of history[edit]

History by chronology[edit]

Ages of history[edit]

Prehistoric Ages[edit]

Historic Ages[edit]

Other Ages[edit]

History by region[edit]

Main article: History of the world

History by continent and country[edit]

Economic history by region[edit]

Military history by region[edit]

Eras by region[edit]

Main article: Era

History by field[edit]

History of Art[edit]

History of Culture[edit]

History of Mathematics[edit]

History of Philosophy[edit]

History of Religions[edit]

History of Science[edit]

History of Social sciences[edit]

History of Technology[edit]

Methods and tools[edit]

  • Prosopography – a methodological tool for the collection of all known information about individuals within a given period
  • Historical revisionism – traditionally used in a completely neutral sense to describe the work or ideas of a historian who has revised a previously accepted view of a particular topic
  • Historiography – the study of historical methodology



For a more comprehensive list, see List of historians.




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Los Altos Town Crier
Wed, 09 Jul 2014 01:03:45 -0700

The author quotes “The Outline of History” by H. G. Wells, but Wells' judgment can be questioned. Wells' book was indeed popular but received a mixed critical response from professional historians when it was published in 1920. Wells was a socialist ...


Mon, 30 Jun 2014 11:33:45 -0700

Como tal, había publicado una obra de notable éxito editorial, su Outline of History – Esquema de la Historia en ediciones en español– la que fue criticada con dureza por Belloc, crítica inmediatamente contestada por Wells. En Belloc, el concepto de ...
Sun, 29 Jun 2014 05:33:45 -0700

... "Outline of History" ของ H.G. Wells ที่กล่าวว่า "อนาคตของมนุษยชาติไม่อาจมีกองทัพรวมอยู่ด้วย แต่ตำรวจมีได้ เพราะมนุษย์นั้นไม่สมบูรณ์แบบ" ได้ยุบเลิกกองทัพคอสตาริกาด้วยมติมหาชนท่วมท้น และใช้กองกำลังตำรวจคอยดูแลแนวชายแดนและความสงบเรียบร้อยของประชาชนแทน ...

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