The story

History of Mankind - 6th to 16th Century AD


World population: 240 million (demographics)

900

907

End of Tang Dynasty in China Leads to Empire Dissolution (Politics)

Athelstan becomes the first king of all England (politics)
Stone is now used in place of wood in buildings in western Europe (technology)

925

930

Iceland becomes a republic, establishing Europe's oldest legislative assembly (politics)

Buddhism spreads in Korea (religion)

936

960

Beginning of Sung Dynasty in China (Politics)

Fatimids come to dominate western Arabia, Egypt and Syria (politics)
First card games emerge in China (costumes)

969

986

Vikings establish colonies in Greenland (colonization)

World population: 265 million (demographics)

1000

1016

The height of the Byzantine Empire (People)

Schism of the Catholic Church (religion)

1054

1073

Pope Gregory 7th is elected (religion)

Water-powered mechanical watch invented in China (technology)

1090

1095

Pope Urban 2 calls crusade to regain sacred places (religion)

Crusaders conquered Jerusalem (War)
The height of the feudal system in Europe

1099

1100

World population: 270 million (demographics)

Principles of Gothic architecture (architecture)

1138

1150 (c)

Khmer Temple, Angkor Wat, is erected in Cambodia (architecture)
Decline of Toltecs in Mexico (People)

Aztecs enter Mexico (People)

1166

1167

Foundation of the University of Oxford in England (culture)

University of Paris Foundation (culture) Polyphonic music (culture) begins

1170

1193

Zen Buddhism in Japan (religion)

Inca civilization develops, based in the city of Cuzco (peoples)

1200 (c)

1209

Foundation of the University of Cambridge (culture)
Creation of the Franciscan order (religion)

Genghis Khan Begins Mongol Empire (Politics)

1213

1215

Muslim religion reaches Southeast Asia and Africa (religion)

Beginning of Mali Empire in West Africa (Peoples)

1235 (c)

1236

Kingdom of Castile conquers Cordova (conflict)

Byzantium recaptures Constantinople (conflict)

1261

1271

Marco Polo begins the trip to China (People)

Jews are expelled from England (religion)

1290

1300 (c)

Emergence of new Mayan Empire in Yucatan (peoples)
World population: 360 million (demographics)

Beginning of Benin Kingdom in Southern Nigeria (West Africa) (Peoples)

1307

1309 (c)

Dante begins to write The Divine Comedy (literature)

Recognition of Scottish Independence (Politics)

1328

1337

The Hundred Years War Begins between France and England (war)

Black Death comes to Europe (natural disasters)

1347

1353

Ottoman Turks invade Europe (conflict)

Ming Dynasty Foundation in China (Politics)

1368

1400

World population: 350 million (demographics)
Ballet begins in Italian Renaissance courts (culture)

Mongol Tamerlane Completes Conquest of Persia, Syria and Egypt (War)

1405

1410

Early oil painting (art)

Home of the Portuguese sea voyages (navigation)

1413

1420

Portuguese discover Madeira Island (navigation)

Joan of Arc is burned in France (politics)

1431

1432

Portugal arrives at the Azores archipelago (navigation)

David Donatello paints (art)

1434

1440

Begins to be written The Arabian Nights, in Arabic (literature)

Ottoman Turks conquer Constantinople, marking the end of the Middle Ages (war)
The Hundred Years War Ends and the War of the Roses begins (England)

1453

1455 (c)

Gutenberg (Technology) Bible Print

Fernando de Aragon and Isabel de Castilla get married, starting Spain's unification process

1469

1478

Begins the Spanish Inquisition (religion)

Arabs and Jews expelled from Spain (war)
Christopher Columbus arrives in America (colonization)

1492

1494

Portugal and Spain sign the Treaty of Tordesillas

Vasco da Gama crosses Cape of Good Hope in present-day South Africa

1498

1500

World population: 400 million (demographics)
Cabral arrived in Brazil (navigation)