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 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

Assassin's creed 2 and assassin's creed brotherhood tell you all you need to know about it

If this includes the winged hussars than it gets a vote from me

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?!?!

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.

This is my favorite time period because. I love the culture the awesome hairstyles and hair pieces and the greek gods and goddess it's just amazingg.

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

3 Middle Ages

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

The Time Traveller's Guide To Medieval England.
Pretend you are not in this century.

The Middle Ages was definitely an interesting time period (I seriously would love to go to a Medieval inn) to learn about (the music also sounds cool), but not really the best because of wars like the Crusades and Hundred Years War (this was the war where guns and cannons were invented), gender inequality (women had no power in Medieval society), and where religion justifies actions. - PhoenixAura81

Middle Ages is overrated. I don't want my limbs to get sawed right off or get my finger smashed between rocks - TeamRocket747

Yeah and knights are just people in suits who act like modern day soldiers - TeamRocket747

4 Roman Empire

Back to the gladiators and emperors period

This is a cool time period

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

5 Ancient Egypt

The time of Ancient Egypt was one of the best in human history. So many innovations in science, maths, architecture etc. It was because of Egypt's timeline that Greece and Rome rose into power so show some respect. After all it will be fun to see the Pyramids which were the tallest structures in this timeline all they way to the Middle Ages.

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!

6 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.

It was fun and all.
Until the stock market crashed and the Great Depression started.

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.

7 Age of Discovery

Many great explorers like Hudson and Cabot. Columbus really sucked though. - Thisgoronsonfire

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8 Byzantine Empire

The first giant hub for Christianity, Justinian I was a cool ruler, and over 70 languages were spoken in the empire!

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

The time of the greatest philosophers

Hate it

9 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

Great time in History, very good for learning stuff and there's so much to learn about G.R.E.A.T

It is awesome

10 Islamic Golden Age

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

A that was the spread of slavery absorbing the interlectul traditions of the countries Islam invaded bringing it backwards to the six century. Meeting the false prophet Muhammad would be the worse thing because he was a warlord, a rapist and a murderer

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.

The Contenders

11 Golden Age of Piracy

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

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.

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

Historic age of sailing!. Be a part of the great navies of the time and travel the oceans in its greatest age

12 The Digital Era

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

The Digital ERA made the way for technology to grow in Earth. We are able to talk to people from thousands of miles away, also, we have new ways to think of society and new governmental systems.

Yep, new technologies such as computers, cell phones and everyone had one! - JoeBoi

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

13 Wild West

When you think of the Wild West you think of good old cowboys shooting and robbing everyone. But it was so much more it was the turning point for North America people were moving west in search for land. It was a semi peaceful time until the civil war and then the Spanish American war and the phillipino war... rather water devolved a lot from this period since most that moved were new landers from England or Spain they had to learn hunting and fishing. Giving us a lot of knowledge and not only this but it was a time when America was still truly beautiful (naturally I mean)

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.

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.

Cowboys and awesome train fights, enough said

14 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!

If this did not happen we would still be in the 18th century so yes this was important

15 Ancient China

I love their clothes. especially women's. The music and makeup style are also interesting!

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

Stunning culture and a time that I so wish I could live in.

16 Mexican Revolution

Such an interesting topic!

Heh heh, which one? - Stalin

Lol what even happened there

What the heck I also hate this

17 Sengoku Period

Mind telling me what this is about?

A betrayal, epic battles, Samuria and Ninja!

Help I'm being hunted I need help I tried to call the cops its not working I don't think he knowsd qweee

Seems legit

18 Vietnam War

I'm having flash backs

My grandpa went there.

Very very good

The most happening time period ever

19 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!

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20 Baroque and Rococo Era

The best era, with best fashion, best art, best architecture. - TopTenTed

21 Ancient Greece

I found this in my kitchen. - Cyri

slept on

22 The 1970s

My best friend from high school was Mary Jane

The birth of my parents and the true start of video games both happened in the 70s.

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

Brilliant best for music adventure and girls

23 Hellenistic Period

Alexander the Great’s empire. Great combination of cultures, particularly in Alexandria, Egypt, which housed the first lighthouse (tallest structure in the world at the time), museum, library, and zoo (I think). - PhoenixAura81

24 World War II

Has some of the most interesting dark personalities in history and variations of evil

Shows how state brainwashing can occur

Shows some of best tactical and technological developments e.g tanks 1915

So amazing to study, much like ancient Rome and Greece, and of course the Middle Ages. - Stalin

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.

25 Stone Age

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

I wish that humans kept living like this, and the only thing that would change would be better medicine. We lived more natural and where way better to the environment. We where stronger. People ate better, too.

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

SammySpore literally everything you just stated existed back then

26 Age of Enlightenment

Not only did it have so many great philosophy, also great art and paintings. - TopTenTed

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

Actually pretty amazing. a lot of think happened.

27 2000s

Back when people got along and there wasn't so much political division a much simpler time I wish we could go back

Why do people always say The early 2000s.
The early 2000s had 9/11.
I'd just stick to the whole decade before the whine about decades 2010s, 2020s, 2030s and after.

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.

Technology is dope.

28 Aztec Period

Sacrificing and then eating your enemies would be great.

Learned about it sounds great

yes

29 The Eighties

Amazing entertainment, great fashion, some of the greatest music ever, great presidence with Ronald Reagan, and the last decade of the Cold War, which ended in 1990. - PhoenixAura81

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

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

Best era ever and I wasn't even in it

30 Napoleonic Era

YAS QUEEN! Napoleon is awesome. His quotes are so inspiring. Here is an example of one of his quotes:

"Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake"

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

My favourite military genius

31 Prohibition Era

Back when gangsters were all the rage especially the Italian-American Mafia. - jezza0

I like beer

32 The Fifties

The Hollywood Blacklist, communism, sexism, racism, National Service, rationing, the Cold War and crappy movies. Hardly things that make a good time period. - mcvito

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.

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?

There have been many revolutions in France. One of which was during Dickensian times

34 The Future

I don't want to think about it, people will still be whining complaining about everything. Entertainment usually.

This should be at number 1 because there is so much to discover and reveal everyday. You have something to look forward to. The updates in technology is rising, new life findings on Mars. Hover boards likely way to get to school and work. Renewable energy resources could be starting and making the environment clean,healthy for wildlife. Hopes for pollution percents to go down so less marine life extinction is not happening again. Hopes for the homeless and unemployment rates to go down so more people are having homes and good paying jobs. Hopes for the fossil fuel companies not taking over.

I totally want to see the future. I would totally love to see cities in the future with the most advanced technology. - PhoenixAura81

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!

35 Jurassic Age

Chris pratt, I mean come on

Hell yeah, dinosaurs

I love dinosaurs

What the...

36 Mayan Empire

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

37 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

38 Feudal Japan

Back when the samurai and shinobi fought to gain control of Japan.

More than those factions there so many it would take many spaces to type it out and this was a bad point in history

Interesting period of time although it is kind of in the time period of the Middle ages but whatever

39 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

The nineties ended in style by everyone surviving Y2K.

40 Regency Era
41 Carthaginian Empire

Well, they were conquered by Rome. - PhoenixAura81

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

42 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!

43 Victorian Era

The most interesting era when it comes to history, fashion, lifestyle or basically anything. - XxembermasterxX

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...

44 Triassic Period

I didn't mean to click how do I go back I don't even know what trassic is

When the dinosaurs first evolved. - Cyri

45 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

46 Russian Revolution

It showed that communism is the best
Screw capitalist pigs

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

47 Golden Age of Animation

The age of The Simpsons, Beavis & Butthead, South Park, Futurama and King of the Hill among others.

The Simpsons, King of the Hill, South Park and the rise of Pixar.

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

48 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

49 Boer War

Not Canadian. South Africa.

Wait... isn't this a canadian thing? thanks Homie G!

50 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

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

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

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