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Neil MacGregor explores aspects of contemporary sexual, political and economic history.
The World of Our Making (1914 - 2010 AD) homepage
How industrialisation, mass politics and imperial ambitions changed the world.
Mass Production, Mass Persuasion (1780 - 1914 AD) homepage
Neil MacGregor on the misunderstandings that can happen when different worlds collide.
Exploration, Exploitation and Enlightenment (1680 - 1820 AD) homepage
Neil MacGregor tells how the great religions lived together in the C16th and C17th.
Tolerance and Intolerance (1550 - 1700 AD) homepage
Neil MacGregor traces the impact of travel, trade and conquest from 1450 to 1600.
The First Global Economy (1450 - 1600 AD) homepage
Neil MacGregor explores the great empires of the world in the threshold of the modern era.
The Threshold of the Modern World (1375-1550 AD) homepage
Objects from the British Museum show how the faithful were brought closer to their gods
Meeting The Gods (1200 - 1400 AD) homepage
Neil MacGregor examines objects which hold status and required skilful making
Status Symbols (1200 - 1400 AD) homepage
How trade, war and religion moved objects around the globe 1000 years ago
Pilgrims, Raiders and Traders (900 - 1300 AD) homepage
Neil MacGregor gets an insight into the lives of the ruling elites 1200 years ago
Inside The Palace: Secrets At Court (700 - 950 AD) homepage
Five objects from the British Museum tell the story of the movement of goods and ideas
The Silk Road And Beyond (400 - 700 AD) homepage
Neil MacGregor explores how and when many great religious images came into existence
The Rise of World Faiths (200 - 600 AD) homepage
Neil MacGregor explores the ways in which people sought pleasure 2,000 years ago
Ancient Pleasures, Modern Spice (1 - 600 AD) homepage
Neil MacGregor launches the second part of his history of the world told through objects
Empire Builders (300 BC - 1 AD) homepage
Can meanings hidden in friezes and flagons tell us as much as the writings of great men?
The World in the Age of Confucius (500 - 300 BC) homepage
Across the world new regimes create objects to assert their supremacy.
Old World, New Powers (1100 - 300 BC) homepage
4,000 years ago, societies began to express themselves through myth, maths and monuments
The Beginning of Science and Literature (1500 - 700 BC) homepage
What happens as people move from villages to cities? Five objects tell the story.
The First Cities and States (4000 - 2000 BC) homepage
Why did farming start at the end of the Ice Age? Clues remain in objects left behind
After the Ice Age: Food and Sex (9000 - 3500 BC) homepage
Neil MacGregor reveals the earliest objects that define us as humans.
Making Us Human (2,000,000 - 9000 BC) homepage
Evan Davis runs through the contenders for A History of the World's last object.