Throughout human history various events have changed
the way people have lived. These events can be political
revolutions, social and religious changes, new
technologies, or the exploration of unknown
places. These changes occur in two different
evolution and revolution.
is the gradual change or development of something.
An example of
historical evolution would be the development of
democracy in Great Britain.
is a sudden or abrupt change in something, usually
political in nature. An
example of historical revolution is the French
Revolution. Over a few short years France's
government changed from
absolute monarchy, to
democratic republic, to
and back to
monarchy. Whatever the process,
history is about change. This thematic review
focuses on the major periods of that change, and the
turning points of human history.
This site is designed to aid students in reviewing
major periods of change and significant turning points
in human history. This
site should be used in preparation
for the New York State Regents Exam in Global History
and Geography. In addition, students may test their
knowledge of the material presented here by accessing
multiple-choice questions from past Regents Exams.