Timetoast Project

  • 312

    The Importance of Constantine

    The Importance of Constantine
    Constantine was the first Roman emperor to diverge from Paganism, and convert to Christianity. When Constantine was in battle against three of his rivals, he prayed for divine help. Constantine claimed that he saw a cross of light that said, “In this sign, conquer.” So Constantine had the cross engraved into the army’s shields, and then they advanced into battle. Constantine’s troops were victorious, and he gave all credit to the Christian God. important figure
  • 312

    The Importance of Constantine cont.

    Constantine was an important figure in history because he marked a milestone for Rome. He ended the persecution of Christians and helped to spread Christianity. Constantine also passed the Edict of Milan, which states that Christianity is an approved religion by the emperor. Constantine’s status as emperor helped to spread Christianity throughout the Roman Empire.
  • 476

    The Fall of Rome

    The Fall of Rome
    The Fall of Rome was a gradual process. The contributing factors were political, social, economic, and militaristic. There was a division amongst the Roman Empire, and there were several civil wars. Constantine moved the capital of the Roman Empire from Rome to Byzantium. This led to the shift of commerce to the East from Rome. There was inflation, which ruined the economy, because the wealthy spent money on lavish imported goods and this caused the value of the silver to decrease.
  • 476

    The Fall of Rome cont. 2

    There were more importations than exportations. One of the main causes was the Germanic invasions. The Germanic tribes plundered the cities and started to conquer them. The Roman Empire fell apart in 476 A.D., when Romulus Augustulus, a 14-year old, was the emperor of the Roman Empire. Romulus was deposed by a German general, Odoacer. No other official emperor was elected and the Western half of the Roman Empire just fell apart.
  • 476

    The Fall of Rome cont. 3

    The fall of Rome is significant in world history because it portrayed the possibility of a strong empire to fall due to a weak government and economy. This gave other empires to understand mistakes that they shouldn’t make when ruling a vast, strong empire.
  • Jan 1, 613

    The Rise of Islam

    The Rise of Islam
    Islam began with Muhammad as its founder. When Muhammad was in the cave of Hirah, meditating, he saw Angel Jibraeel (Gabriel).The angel commanded Muhammad to read, and Muhammad was confused because he was illiterate.
  • Jan 1, 613

    The Rise of Islam cont. 3

    This incident is recalled in the Qur’an in Surah 96, verses: 1-5. Gabriel said, “Proclaim! In the name of thy Lord and Cherisher, Who created man out of a mere clot of congealed blood. Proclaim! And thy Lord is Most Bountiful. He who taught (the use of) the pen taught man that which he knew not.” Thus began the revelation of the Qur’an. Muhammad started to preach the message of Islam: There is no God but Allah, and Muhammad is his last messenger.
  • Jan 1, 613

    Rise of Islam cont. 2

    At that time people worshipped idols, so when they heard of the message of Islam, they ridiculed it. Muhammad endured pain through spreading Islam I Mecca, but he never gave up. He went to Medina (Yathrib) to spread Islam in 622 A.D. The people welcomed him there, unlike the people of Mecca. Islam began to flourish with the incoming of new Muslims. The rise of Islam is important because it shows the birth of one of the major religions in the world.
  • Jan 1, 613

    The Rise of Islam cont. 4

    The spread of Islam started with a simple man and a message. The simplicity and peace of Islam helped to attract followers.
  • Jan 1, 742

    The Importance of Charlemagne

    The Importance of Charlemagne
    Charlemagne was a Frank, who gained control of the Frank kingdom in 771. As king, he led his armies against enemies surrounding the kingdom. Charlemagne also conquered new lands, and through these conquests he spread Christianity. Charlemagne was the first to unite the Western Europe after the fall of Rome. By 800 A.D., the Carolingian Empire was even greater than the Byzantine Empire.
  • Jan 1, 742

    The Importance of Charlemagne cont. 2

    A secretary of Charlemagne, Einhard, said, “[Charlemagne] was the most potent prince with the greatest skill and success in different countries during the 47 years of his reign. Great and powerful was the realm of Franks, Karl [Charlemagne] received from his father Pippin, he nevertheless so splendidly enlarged it…that he almost doubled it.” This quote is evidence that the Carolingian Empire truly was great, and that Charlemagne was a strong ruler.
  • Jan 1, 742

    The Importance of Charlemagne cont. 3

    Charlemagne was such an important figure in Christianity, as well as the Carolingian Empire. He accomplished major feats, such as reuniting the western half of Europe. He was a great king because he visited every part of his kingdom, and kept it I check. Charlemagne fulfilled his duty of being a good king.
  • Jul 1, 1096

    The First Crusade

    The First Crusade
    In 1093, Alexius Comnenus, the Byzantine emperor, wrote a letter to Pope Urban II, requesting for aid against the Muslim Turks. The Pope called for a Crusade, a Holy war, to gain control of Jerusalem, the Holy Land. Anna, a woman living during that time, wrote from her perspective (Byzantine empire), about the Pope’s actions. She said, “The Pope consequently, by wreaking insolence on the ambassadors, and sending them back to the king in the state I have mentioned, provoked a very great war.”
  • Jul 1, 1096

    The First Crusade cont. 2

    She feels that the Pope was the cause of the war. For the first Crusade, the Christians were ill-prepared and didn’t know what to expect from the other Crusaders. The Christians captured Jerusalem, only to have it recaptured by the Muslim Turks. The Crusades went on until the thirteenth century. The faith and motivation was no longer present when fighting in the Crusades. I feel that the first Crusade is important because it amplified the views during the Age of Faith.
  • Jul 1, 1096

    The First Crusade cont. 3

    It shows that during the Age of Faith, people were inspired by conquests and religion. It set the Crusaders for a long period of fighting.
  • Mar 10, 1224

    The Significance of Mansa Musa in History

    The Significance of Mansa Musa in History
    Mansa Musa became the emperor of Mail in 1285. He was a religious Muslim who was very generous. Mansa Musa was a highly skilled military leader. His militaristic skills helped him to put down every rebellion in the empire. His army consisted of 100,000 men, who maintained order and protected Mali form attack. With Mansa Musa in control, the empire expanded to about twice the size of the empire of Ghana. As the empire grew, Mansa Musa appointed governors for each province.
  • Mar 10, 1224

    The Significance of Mansa Musa cont. 2

    He made sure that the governors were just and efficient. After Mansa Musa came back from performing Hajj, he had mosques built at trading cities, such as Timbuktu and Gao. The building of mosques attracted several Islamic scholars and judges, making Timbuktu one of the most important cities of the empire. I feel that Mansa Musa is such an important figure in history because he accomplished extraordinary feats. He had expanded the Mali Empire so much, and was able to manage it.
  • Mar 10, 1224

    The Significance of Mansa Musa cont. 3

    He had exercised control and order over his empire; and maintained a period of peace. I feel that Mansa Musa is an emperor who exemplified the true role of an emperor.
  • Sep 23, 1279

    The Importance of Kublai Khan

    The Importance of Kublai Khan
    Kublai Khan was a Mongolian who founded the Yuan Dynasty of China. He led several military campaigns. With these campaigns, he experienced wins as well as defeats. He was never able to conquer Japan, though he tried many times. Kublai Khan set up his government and home in China. The Mongols and the Chinese lived together in China. Kublai Khan was a fair ruler who appointed people of all nations to do service for him. Marco Polo even commended Kublai Khan for his just ruling and superiority.
  • Sep 23, 1279

    The Importance of Kublai Khan cont.

    Only Mongols, however, were able to attain high government posts. He tolerated all religions except for Taoism. I feel that Kublai Khan was a figure who achieved so much. He rebuilt the Grand Canal, repaired public granaries, and extended high ways. He did so much for China; and implemented a period of peace and advancements.
  • Mar 9, 1439

    The Invention of the Printing Press by Johann Gutenberg

    The Invention of the Printing Press by Johann Gutenberg
    Johann Gutenberg was a craftsman from Mainz, Germany. He was famous for his invention of the printing press around 1440. The printing press was a faster way to print books. This invention was so important because it helped to contribute to the revival of learning during the Renaissance. Since the printing press enabled a book to be copied multiple times at once, the books became more affordable. This motivated people to buy more books and read them.
  • Mar 9, 1439

    The Invention of the Printing Press by Johann Gutenberg cont. 2

    Also, with the printing press, several copies of the Bible was able to be printed, so people could have the Bible at home, rather than having to go to the Church. The printing press helped to stimulate an important event in the Northern Renaissance. Martin Luther’s 95 Theses was printed so everyone could see. The Pope and Charles V read it, and this stirred the accusations against Martin Luther. This led to the Church reformation.
  • Mar 9, 1439

    The Invention of the Printing Press by Johann Gutenberg cont. 3

    The invention of the printing press helped to ignite the Northern Renaissance and was really useful to the revival of learning.