The Flow of World History is history as it should be experienced: a dynamic fluid process instead of the standard names & dates approach to history you learned to hate in school, giving you world history in 244 hyper-linked color flowcharts with accompanying text and picture essays. Now you can explore the connections between various historical events & processes, both across time & between cultures.
This is a unique approach to world history in two ways. First, it presents history graphically in flowchart form, each period represented by a one-page flowchart and expanded upon in an accompanying reading. Second,the hyperlinks allow you to jump across time and cultures to follow a particular theme. For example, there are four flowcharts tracing women's history from the late medieval era through the Enlightenment and French Revolution, 19th and early 20th century suffrage, and the next wave of women's liberation in the late 20th century. Similarly, you can jump from the unit on classical China (6 flowcharts) to the flowchart on China in the 1800s and then three flowcharts on the Chinese Revolution and aftermath.
The core idea is to show the dynamics of history-- how different forces & events (political, social, economic, & cultural) have interacted over time to create our world today.
Each flowchart is a hyper-linked doorway to the people, events, & forces that affected different eras of history & were affected in turn by them.
Embedded in the links between flowcharts is the idea that the impact of any event in history neither begins with nor not stops with that flowchart. Thus The Flow of History functions in essence as one flowchart broken into 168 sub-flowcharts hyper-linked to encompass the entire human story.
The Flow of History can be a quick reference tool and study guide for specific historical topics, the starting point for deeper research with its hundreds of picture essays, or an integrated modern world history tied together by hundreds of internal hyper-links.
Here's what you get:
• 244 hyper-linked flowcharts including
• A master flowchart linking you to all 8 units
• 17 unit flowcharts linking to each flowchart in that unit
• 226 full color flowcharts covering both standard topics (e.g., politics, religion, art, women, etc) as well as less standard topics such as the Dust Bowl and role of the humble potato)
• Detailed readings for each flowchart
• Full-color illustrated timelines, many customized for a particular flowchart
• Hundreds of picture essays on topics related to the flowcharts.
• “Fifteen Lessons of History to Remember”, an essay included in the Introduction to help students wrap their brains around the immensity and so they can apply its lessons in their own lives.
• In all, 1760 hyperlinked pages of flowcharts, readings,and picture essays-- an entire world history curriculum to fit into your class as you wish.
If the flowcharts are analytical and give the big picture of history, the picture essays give depth to each topic, focusing on individual personalities & details that make history fun, funny, inspirational & interesting. The Hitler chapter alone has 19 picture essays on such topics as his propaganda, political techniques, art, love life, fascist children's literature & math problems, an the Hitler Youth.
Parodies on Santa and Godzilla are also included (with flowcharts, & picture essays) to fill in such days as the last day before winter break to keep your students focused and entertained.
Whatever your historical interests or needs The Flow of World History is the first place to go.
Since this is a pdf file, it can easily be copied and distributed. What I ask is that teachers buy one copy per classroom set you wish to copy. Of course, I can't do anything to prevent unlimited numbers of copies being made, and my top priority is that this material and approach to teaching history gets to as many teachers and students as possible.
The author has been building & refining this approach to history over 35 years of teaching. Among his teaching awards, he received the Beveridge Family Teaching Award in 2001 (the only teaching award given by the American Historical Association to a secondary school history teacher and was a 2014 finalist for the Battey national teacher of the year award given by Depauw University. For an article on this go to www.news.illinois.edu/ii/01/0405/0405butler.html
For testimonials & sample flowcharts, check out www.flowofhistory.com
Interface, architecture design, & logo by Andre C. Murnieks, Professor of Design at University of Notre Dame.