Historians complicate the pattern of history, being infatuated with explanation within local events. Below this there is a simpler pattern to history, which discloses much about how history really works. If people recognized this pattern, they’d have a better understanding of where they’ve been, and be much better able to decide where they want to go. Scroll down for chapters, or see additional studies:
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Modern man appeared with Cro-Magnon Man about 35,000 years ago. He was a hunter/gatherer, following the herds which sustained him, dressed in animal skins and using rudimentary stone tools. He had a spiritual life, evidenced by cave art and hints of ritual burial.
Soon, city states began to appear by the great rivers such as the Tigris and Euphrates, Nile, Indus and Yellow. In the Fertile Crescent of the Eastern Mediterranean the pre-Classical civilization of Sumer grew, using huge irrigation engineering to increase wealth. They also gave us the earliest known mythology in the Epic of Gilgamesh.
Ancient Greek culture arose in the mountains and valleys of Greece. Due to this, by the 8th century BC, they had formed into the Polis, or small, independent city states.
The city of Rome first appeared in 753BC, legend saying it was built by the wolf-raised Romulus and Remus. It was the home of the Etruscans, initially ruled by the tyrant Tarquins.
Europe was to be saved by monotheism, or the One God. Up until this point, religion had been pagan. The first spirituality had been animist and nature based, with the physical world having a spirit world in parallel.
The Franks had been growing in power and soon their leader, Charlemange began an expansion throughout much of Europe. His success was due to the heavy cavalryman and his belief in God.
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Christendom lasted for over 700 years but eventually cracks had to show. Intellectually, some monasteries eventually became the fledgling universities, bringing forward the philosophical Schoolmen, principle among them St Thomas Aquinas, who argued for natural and revealed theology. One was given by God, the other understood by man. It was the first move towards science proper.
The Hellenic, Roman and future European expansions were not the only ones of history. The Mongols were a loosely connected group of tribes brought together in the late 12th century by Temujin, better known as Genghis Khan.