The idea for Circa arose from the game manual of Wing Commander III. In the days when PC games came on CDs and manuals came on the remains of dead trees, Wing Commander III had a supplementary pamphlet which detailed a short history of the Terran-Kilrathi war. It was outlined by year and set down the details in a matter of fact tone. I had a lot of fun with that manual. When it came time to release the Temblor bomb in a last ditch effort to win the war, I remembered the souls lost on Repleetah and prayed that my experimental Excalibur would get me back to my carrier in one piece.
A timeline follows its own strict narrative logic, its inherently linear progression propels the reader always forward, past great monuments, monumental follies, foolish victories.
Over the years as computer software began to be delivered over the internet (no more boxes or disks) I also read more real world history. It was just as fascinating, and infuriating, as a fictional future war between humans an alien foe. I began to wonder though what other civilizations were doing during the events depicted in whatever book I was reading at the time.
There seemed to be a dearth of available reference material for succinct comparative history. Hence, after much dithering, the launch of Circa.
Timelines are certainly not new. But all of the ones I’ve looked at have been stuffed and confusing; a tangle of knots missing the elegance of a straight line. The site is supposed to make a tour of history interesting, with a healthy dose of skepticism and a dash of irreverence.
As can be readily gleaned from the above, I and the contributors to Circa are not professional historians. Nevertheless, much care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the events we detail, of the facts we claim to have occurred. (If the timeline deals with a fictional universe then we take pains to ensure that everything described is canon.) We cite our sources at every opportunity. When interesting details surrounding an event are available, we put those in as well.
Nevertheless, with a project of such broad scope, mistakes will inevitably creep in. Some are outright mistakes and we hope you’ll call us on it by letting us know we screwed up (Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.) Other errors may not be errors at all but exercises of editorial discretion. We’ve had to cut some events which others may see as pivotal and our description of events may not be to the liking of some.
Aside from the real world we will also try to map out the imagined contours of fictional universes. History has always existed beside myth making and the two complement each other.
Circa is for those who are curious to follow a thread down a particular path; for those who want to see how stories juxtaposed with other stories inevitably leads to yet even more stories.
For the regional timelines we divided all the countries in the world into 8 regions. It’s a bit unwieldy but it does make a survey of large chunks of history manageable. Below is how we divided up the countries.
|Africa||Asia and the Pacific||Central Asia||Europe||Middle East||North America||North Asia||South America|
|Algeria||Australia||Afghanistan||Albania||Azerbaijan||Canada||Bhutan||Antigua and Barbuda|
|Burundi||Kiribati||India||Bosnia and Herzegovina||Israel||North Korea||Bolivia|
|Cabo Verde||Laos||Kazakhstan||Croatia||Jordan||South Korea||Brazil|
|Central African Republic||Maldives||Kyrgyzstan||Czech Republic||Lebanon||Colombia|
|Chad||Marshall Islands||Pakistan||Denmark||Oman||Costa Rica|
|Congo, Republic of the||Myanmar (Burma)||Sri Lanka||Finland||Qatar||Dominica|
|Cote d'Ivoire||Nauru||Tajikistan||France||Saudi Arabia||Dominican Republic|
|Equatorial Guinea||Palau||Turkmenistan||Greece||United Arab Emirates||El Salvador|
|Eritrea||Papua New Guinea||Uzbekistan||Hungary||Yemen||Grenada|
|Libya||Vanuatu||Moldova||St. Kitts and Nevis|
|Malawi||Montenegro||St. Vincent and The Grenadines|
|Mali||Netherlands||Trinidad and Tobago|
|Sao Tome and Principe||Spain|
|Somalia||United Kingdom (UK)|
|South Africa||Vatican City (Holy See)|
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