Timelines with captioned photos and illustrations are supplemented with capsule summaries that recount deeds of generals and statesmen, the rise and fall of nations, battles and cataclysms, royal dynasties, world-changing inventions, and decisive moments in history. This wonderfully 'browsible' book opens with descriptions of humanity's earliest origins, and extends to the twenty-first century. Along the way, you'll discover archaeological finds of prehistoric tools and art dating from as early as 100,000 years ago. . . events that forged early civilizations in Egypt, Babylonia, Assyria, the Indus Valley, ancient China, Greece, and Rome . . . Viking explorations and attacks . . . the European Renaissance . . . the industrial revolution and the birth of modern science . . . the 20th century, its world wars, and the era of high technology . . . world affairs after 9/11, and much more.