Best Historical Periods

Humans have been on Earth for 250,000 years. What was the best and most interesting historical period?

The Top Ten

1 Middle Ages

The Middle Ages is so exciting! Dungeons, dragons, knights and castles! The period is so diverse

Just a majestic and dark period in history. Oh the Plague!

Classical society broke down. Centralized government and law disintegrated, leading to the rise of feudalism, the rise of the Roman Church, The Inquisition, the Plague... What seems horrendous was actually the beginning of modern society. Learning did not perish.

Agreed

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2 Ancient Greece/Rome

Ancient Greece and Rome were one of several classical periods of world history. Both provided substantial logic such as those of Socrates, Aristotle, Plato, Democritus, etc. Such vast amounts of knowledge and social organization booming during this period! It's a great time period in my opinion.

Things were so great back then... all the knowledge, mythology, architecture... it's like stepping into a whole new world.

When I think of ancient greece/rome they're all in beautiful warm countries so I immediately think of sun and blue skies and water and greenery, also because it was thousands of years ago there was no pollution, no technology, lots of fresh ORGANIC fruit and veg literally can I just live there lol

A period of advancement in every field, it is the beginning of a journey that we're still on

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3 Golden Age of Piracy

Cutthroats, naval warfare, treacherous waters, unexplored islands, riches, and adventure... Yep. That just about does it.

You could hang out with Captain Jack Sparrow on the Black Pearl and Prince Caspian on the Dawn Treader

Pirates of this time brought forth a turning point in history because they were some of the first advocates for equality and free will who succeeded.

They are so interesting

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4 The Roaring 20's

The 1920s were generally a decade of empowerment. A war had just been ended; the troops had been dismissed. In New York, there was the Harlem Renaissance, and African Americans were having a chance to have voices in this world, to create art and have a community of art and inspiration surrounding them. Women everywhere in the US were starting to feel their power and know they could make an impact on the world. Women had just gotten their right to vote! This is also one of the few time periods when breasts weren't considered the epitomy of sexiness. Flappers are great in general--the clothing, the music, the Charleston! The 1920s were exciting! Prohobition was alive and well, with assymetrical sometimes-villains: did you know Al Capone opened up a soup kitchen? People were having fun! This is a decade of great culture.

The Roaring 20's would have to be my favorite time period. Modern America was born and many inspiring new ideas started. African Americans were given the chance to express themselves by singing and reciting poetry. Music was transformed and the community became full of art and inspiration. It was a peaceful time period and my favorite part would have to be the fashion. Women wore flapper dresses while men wore old style tuxes and bowties. Dancing was a fun form of entertainment and it helped open new doors for future decades. I honestly believe the 1920's was the best time period and I would love to go back in time to live there!

Why would want the Middle Ages? It was called the Dark Ages for a reason. Plague, executions, and crime. Not the 20's. I mean, everyone was happy in the 20's, animation was on the rise, everyone was rich, new fancy gadgets like cars and television were coming out, and everyone was dancing to the Charleston. It was a roaring time, hence the name. Everything was perfect until 1929 and everyone was poor. Well, shoot. That was only 3 months of the Roaring Twenties though. I mean no one's gonna say the Depressing 30's the best time period. The Great Depression and the Rise of Hitler. Yeah, I'm sticking to the 20's.

I have to say that the 20s seems so interesting. The fashions and what was happening aroun that time is just amazing.

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5 The Digital Era

Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery and today is a gift; that's why we call it the present.

I think it is very cool to think about and a good topic to do an essay.

I like my time period

Totally agree with ya

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6 World War I

The future before the future. World War 1 was best known in it's time for introducing new technology and tactics in war. They would end up inventing deadly chemicals as well as trenches.

This is a dangerous period in history

How in the freeking hell is this 8th. It was horrible. - SammySpore

It is awesome

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7 World War II

American Life in the 1940s was a time of unity and a time of victory. Despite the war this is one of the few times in American History were the whole country in united no matter your race. The cars are the best I have seen so far, along with the Music like the Andrew Sisters and Glenn Miller. City life was not as bad, along with country life. The Depression is over and America has recovered partially, Women now are more recognized an accepted in society and it is an excellent example of "team effort".

It's the more interesting wars to research, because there are still veterans alive that have fought in it.

I know it was horrible and many people died, but it's so interesting. The Nazis, USSR, marine battles, etc.

Are you all yanks?

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8 19th Century Britain

Very interesting period to study. Clothes looked cool but were probably uncomfortable to wear. Factories opened, and there was an increase in production, but children were worked all day long to produce things. There were breakthroughs in many areas and new laws. Etiquette rules were very strict.

19th century Britain is the essence of colonialism. The colonization of Africa, Britain's world affairs which affected the entire world. It was also the industrial period, where the entire world changed forever with the invention of machines.

Industrial Revolution, great scientists and philosophers, very interesting culture and way of life... Go ENGLAND!

Although the period for some was terrible, it moved away from social Darwinism and was the real start to an integrated world.

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9 Renaissance

Absolutely my favorite era in the history of mankind, with the Industrial Revolution at a close second. It lead us out of the Middle Ages and into the modern era. It's name means "Rebirth" after, all. Can't go wrong with that. It was the "Age of Enlightenment", when artists, mathematicians, physicians, and architects all thrived with creativity and ingenuity. Polymaths such as Leonardo the Vinci, William Shakespeare, Galileo Galilei, Michelangelo, Christopher Columbus and many more paved the paths that would lead us to the innovations we interact with today, as well as many of the cultures that surround us.

It was at this time when modern diplomacy began to develop, science and observation advanced in numerous ways, humanism started to dominate education and religion, music became a universal language, art blossomed into a variety of beautiful techniques, ideas became the gateways to modern invention and practice, and overall acted as a beacon that spread a ...more

Come on man everyone noes that Renaissance is the best period ever! It originated in the 1500s-the 1600s. Plus I'm Italian so what can I say?!?!

Italy in the 15th and 16th centuries were so beautiful, with all of the great artists and paintings and music... so wonderful!

Medicine doubling the length of people's lifespan. Weapons revolutionising warfare. Leonardo da Greatest Inventor of All Time.

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10 Ancient Egypt

With all the pyramids and pharaohs and mummies and stuff, you know it's gotta be good.

So mysterious, and the religion at the time was so mixed and matched, and the sense of superiority was just crazy. Got to love the Egyptians.

I visited Egypt it was honestly the best experience in my life!

No west!

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The Newcomers

? Anglo-Saxon England

Anglo-saxophone

I love this era - vvmax

The Contenders

11 Wild West

I love watching a good western. The Old West seems so cool... dressing up in a cowboy outfit, riding on a horse across the hot Arizona desert and shooting things up with pistols.

Cowboys and awesome train fights, enough said

Red Dead Redemption, The good the bad and the ugly, Once Upon a Time in the West, American Civil ear, Indian (native american) wars, guns, religion, horses. And who can forget the hat and leather boots.

Time machine everyone who believes guns are for defense to the Wild West. You are still living in the past.

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12 Mexican Revolution

Such an interesting topic!

What the heck I also hate this

Lol what even happened there

My name jef

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13 Roman Empire

Back to the gladiators and emperors period

I'm 91 and was never taught about this in school. 😳

14 Sengoku Period

Mind telling me what this is about?

A betrayal, epic battles, Samuria and Ninja!

Seems legit

Wait, the Japanese Civil war that lasted 100 years is a good time?

Bro, you and I have some different opinions on that.

Have fun with those angry guys with swords and matchlocks.

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15 Stone Age

It was a simple time. No religion. No wars. No discrimination. No crime. - SammySpore

Life was tough back then, but something about the simple lifestyle seems appealing.

Sounds like a great hunting period

*I wish* I could go to the Stone Age and get away from everything going on now.

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16 Vietnam War

I'm having flash backs

The most happening time period ever

My grandpa went there.

Chinky Dinky

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17 Viking Age

Very complex times for England. No one could stop and they have traveled almost the whole world trading and settling.

A little bias, really into the T.V. show rn.

When the Norse would raid the wintry shores of England, looting and pillaging with their warbands!

Its awesome :D

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18 The 1970s

My best friend from high school was Mary Jane

The 1970's is the best era ever! Music, movies, fashion, food- it was all so very fantastic!

I hate this time

Best era ever

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19 Hellenistic Period
20 Byzantine Empire

Betrayals, alliances and big ethical questions. Just like in our time, I guess.

The time of the greatest philosophers

Hate it

21 Islamic Golden Age

The era of science, mass translations and humanity throughout the world but mainly focused in Baghdad and Spain.

An era of stunning intellectual and cultural achievements. A blending of Arab, Egyptian, Persian, and European tradition.

A time where Islam was spreading. This made the world wiser and better.

Best period of time to be alive

22 2000s

The interesting political movements especially in America after the 9/11 bombing, the questions about America's social mobility with Barack Obama being elected. And on the other side of the pond, Tony Blair and the war in Iraq. Also a study could be conducted on the effects of the economic crash and how compliance in banking has become increasingly more important.

So low? - AlphaQ

ALSO THE ASSASINATION OF OSAMA BIN LADEN!

23 Aztec Period

Learned about it sounds great

24 American Civil War

The most important reason the Civil War was was fought was to preserve the union, but the undisputed cause of the was was slavery. The South left the union when Lincoln was elected because of his stance that slavery could not be allowed to spread to new territories. Note that slavery caused the war but preserving the union was the primary objective. Evidence to this is the fact that Lincoln did not emancipate the slaves in the union free States until the war was won because he wanted to keep them in the union.

There was significant abolitionist movements at the time mostly among the northern blacks, woman, and Quakers, but also by various others such as Southern woman Moncure Conway.

And letters from civil war soldiers clearly state that they believed slavery was the immediate cause of the war. One Wisconsin private wrote "this second war equally as holy as the first by which our fathers gained those liberties and privileges, which have made us a great and ...more

The American Civil War was when the South was being ignored by the North and so decided to leave. (It was not about slavery, the north had slaves to. There were just bigger plantations in the South. This was a time when more was expected from teenagers, and they stepped up to the challenge. (P.S. did you know that Admiral David Farragut was placed in control of a captured enemy ship and it's crew when he was only 12? Sad that so many of my fellow teenagers can't do this kind of thing! )

25 The Fifties

What the hell is wrong with you guys, quite clearly the 50's would be the best time to visit America!

Everything about the 50s is amazing. The music, life style, the clothing. I would love to live in that time period.

You do realise that if you were a man aged between 18 and 24 years of age you had to do 2 years National Service. Also rationing was still at large. - jezza0

Yeah, We got one of the best US Presidents ( Eisenhower ) out of the 50's. Also, after a period of worldwide war in the 40's, the 50's was filled with little to none conflict.

Sexism, racism, the cold war, and polio were bad but the rest is great if you can deal with those things!

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26 The Eighties

WOO! Welcome to the good life! Sweet music and styles, awesome trends and epicness everywhere! People have nostalgia for the eighties for a reason.

The decade Margret Thatcher ruined Britain by shutting down the coal mines and increased unemployment as a result. - jezza0

Best era ever and I wasn't even in it

I wish I could’ve been in this era

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27 Ancient China

The Ancient China time period is awesome! The architecture is amazing!

28 Napoleonic Era

The first war where military tactics were completely different, and the battle of Trafalgar with Nelson.

Pretty cool time to live, Join the British army and be a Grenadier

Long live Napoleon!

29 Mayan Empire

One of the most mysterious periods, also interesting and probably the biggest empire in the world then!

30 Carthaginian Empire

Um Punic wars anyone
Hannibal
Elephants
Scicily
What more can u want from history

31 Jurassic Age

Hell yeah, dinosaurs

What the...

32 The Nineties

This was the time when friendship was actually a cool thing, nowadays it's just everybody walking around in full face coverage and kim kardashian clothes rip-offs, and selfies...

Wo! Nirvana baby! Grunge will never die!

In Britain we had Britpop and Noel's House Party

Yep. Personally one of my couple of favorites. Many good things happened here. The INTERNET! :D :D - floridiancat

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33 French Revolution

The most intellectually rich and ideologically enlightening period in all of history.

38, WHAT! Probably the most important event in modern human history.

Hello Marie Antoinette anyone?

Marie Antoinette was so #TeamBi

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34 The Sixties

The fifties and seventies rank higher? The sixties were the peak of the second Renaissance. We see an explosion in art, science and technology. Parents and kids weren't happy then. Ever heard of the generation gap? The Beatles were great but how about mentioning maned space travel to the moon?

The Beatles made this my favorite time period! Especially how happy kids and parents were back then!

Audrey hepburn and the beatles

60s were too cheesy. - AlphaQ

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35 The Future

The future. So many possibilities out there that we have yet to discover... And as a bonus, it never ends! Maybe one day, when people use jet packs to fly and the world is filled with extraordinary technology, we'll finally realize that the future is what makes us who we are! P.S. I have never, EVER heard of Feudal Japan, so maybe you should vote for the ones you DO know!

Yeah the future probably sucks and it's probably worse than now and about 4 or 5 billion years from know the sun swallows earth so I hate it that's why I picked the fifties

Armageddon, the Rapture, the Lord's return... Looking very forward.

cool stuff

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36 American Revolutionary War

Favorite period in history for the battles and birth of a new nation

It's just amazing. So monumental.

Very interesting period

Alexander Hamilton!

37 1980s

I was born in the 80's, and you can tell from its music that it was a smooth joyful period

I LOVE THE 80S EVEN IF I WAS BORN IN 2004

38 Age of Enlightenment

It had many early modern philosophers such as Voltaire and Nietzsche - ethanmeinster

Actually pretty amazing. a lot of think happened.

39 Golden Age of Animation

No not the 90s, that nostalgia age of animation. Its 50s-70s that is the Golden Age of Animation.

You mean when Pixar created Toy Story? I see your angle here. - jezza0

Ain't that the 1990s? That's already on this list.

That's the 1990s.

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40 Triassic Period
41 Victorian Era

The beginning of the Victorian era wasn't great, no electricity, child slavery (child workhouses), But at the end of the Victorian Era At least there was a reform of child "work" houses, bit by bit, Parliament looked into it and the hours were reduced eventually leading to children no longer being in the work place and going to school where kids belong.

The more humble you were, the higher your class was...Dark and aristocratic...

42 Crusades

That's when religion came into play, wouldn't you be interested in seeing how it played out

43 Boer War
44 Russian Revolution

Showed the power of the people and optimism, and sadly the true natural nature of humans on the negative side absolute power... corrupts absolutely as they say.
Fascinating experiment with communism, fascinating way of fighting for control within the system, for as different as it is to us now, like feudal systems are fascinating for the same reason

45 The Romantic Era (1800-1850)

Containing the French Revolution, and backed by some of the greatest artists and composers that ever lived, it makes for a dazzling display of art and culture. - higgsboson2142

46 Great Depression

The depression is one of the most awesome time periods to study, I wish there was a time machine...

The great depression sounds like so much FUN!

Through all the adversity, we made it

This was one of the worst

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47 Cretaceous Period

I would go there around 5,000 years before the asteroid that killed off non-avian dinosaurs, pterosaurs, and (most) marine reptiles (except turtles) hit Earth, So I will get to see lots of live dinos flourishing around me, and maybe bring back some small dinosaurs (Troodonts, Oviraptorids, etc) into modern times and have them adjust to modern oxygen levels, after a while, maybe releasing them to a modern ecosystem and hopefully thrive and adapt to deal with predation and competition from modern mammals, as well as adapting to deal with egg-eaters such as rats and pigs. - DinoLover4242

About 65 million years ago when Dinosaurs roamed the earth;P

What the hey! it should at least be in the top 5

48 Regency Era
49 Manifest Destiny

I don't know what years this happened but I live in the American west so I assume it was good

Nope not really

50 Rashidun Caliphate

Personally I love history but my favourite was the amazing caliphate of the Rashidun.
This is one of the best Caliphates in history.

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