An Artful Journey through 5,000 Years of History
BrimWood Press is dedicated to teaching students the flow of history, because within its progression are embedded many of history's most important lessons. To study isolated events or eras certainly contributes to knowledge; however, greater wisdom unfolds through learning the development of history, where events are given context and scope. Studying only the "trees" may indeed blind us from the "forest". This book endeavors to highlight the forest.
This coloring book illustrates Western Civilization's history by providing a pictorial timeline. It conveys the importance of specific historical periods and their impact on those that follow. It is not concerned with dates; rather each page highlights an era's crucial events, lasting achievements and significant ideas.
The contents of this book highlight the three great shapers of Western Culture: Greek and Roman ideas, Christianity, and modern science. It demonstrates how American government and culture, in large part, grew out of the ideas of Greeks and Romans, Christians, and those fostered by the birth of modern science.
It also explores how religion, government, and science, seemingly enmeshed during ancient Sumerian times, in later eras resemble squabbling siblings who jostle for favored position in the family. Indeed, much of modern life is pushed and pulled by the tensions that still exist between these three great institutions. Nonetheless, the Twentieth Century witnessed the lives of three great men: a scientist, a president and a pope. All three showed immense respect for the others and demonstrated through their words or deeds that each understood his own role without negating the others' importance. Captured in snapshot form on the final page of this coloring book, this larger story is elaborated upon in What Every Child Needs to Know about Western Civilization (third printing).
This book contains the following historical periods: Sumer rules Mesopotamia, Old Kingdom Egypt, Babylon rules Mesopotamia, Ancient Israel, Classical Greece, Ptolemaic Dynasty, Roman Republic, Roman Empire, Roman Decline & Rise of the Byzantine Empire, Early Medieval, Carolingian Renaissance, Late Medieval, Italian Renaissance, Northern European Renaissance, Reformation, Reason & Revolution, Early America, Nineteenth Century America and The Twentieth Century.
On each page is a central portrait. In all but three eras, a portrait of a man is framed. He may or may not have been the era's pivotal figure, but in either case he played a role in the development of the calendar. In eras where no further progression occurred in the calendar, a significant woman from that period has been framed.
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