Chronology and periodization of the history of the Middle Ages

Chronology and periodization of the history of the Middle Ages

Human society is constantly developing, becoming more complex, improving. To better reflect this forward development, the scholars agreed to divide the world history into Periods. In the XVIII century. they singled out three such periods: “antiquity”, “medievalism” and “new time”. To them was later added a fourth, “new” period. In this chain of periods in the Middle Ages, it takes more than 10 centuries.

The medieval period of human history begins with the date of the fall of the Western Roman Empire -476, ends at the end of the 15th century, when the Europeans discovered America, starting this new page in world history. The peoples of Asia and Africa moved from the Middle Ages to the new times several centuries later, and some others are still in it. So, some peoples quickly passed from the Middle Ages to the new time, others – more slowly. Therefore, the periodization adopted in historical science is considered conditional.

The historical period is a long period of time, which is distinguished by important changes in the life of mankind.


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Chronology and periodization of the history of the Middle Ages