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Flow of History: US and the World

By John Butler

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The Flow of History: The US and the World is history for the 21st century.

It's history as it should be experienced: a dynamic fluid process instead of the standard names & dates approach to history you learned to hate in school, giving you US & world history since 1500 in 168 hyper-linked color flowcharts with accompanying text. Now you can explore the connections between various historical events & processes, both across time & between cultures.

This is a unique approach to US history in two ways. First, it presents history graphically in flowchart form, each period represented by a one-page flowchart and expanded upon in an accompanying reading. Second, it presents US history in the context of world history since 1500 instead of as an isolated parochial event. For example, for deeper insight into the background to the Cold War, there are links to flowcharts and readings on Russian and Chinese history. For background on the American Revolution, one can go to flowcharts on the English & French Revolutions.

Conversely, this can be used for a modern history class with links to American history of the time.

The core idea is to show the dynamics of history-- how different forces & events (political, social, economic, & cultural) have interacted over time to create our world today.

Each flowchart is a hyper-linked doorway to the people, events, & forces that affected different eras of history & were affected in turn by them.

Embedded in the links between flowcharts is the idea that the impact of any event in history neither begins with nor not stops with that flowchart. Thus The Flow of History functions in essence as one flowchart broken into 168 sub-flowcharts hyper-linked to encompass the entire human story.

The Flow of History can be a quick reference tool and study guide for specific historical topics, the starting point for deeper research with its hundreds of picture essays, or an integrated modern world history tied together by hundreds of internal hyper-links.

Here's what you get:
• 168 hyper-linked flowcharts including
• A master flowchart linking you to all 8 units
• 8 unit flowcharts linking to each flowchart in that unit
• 160 full color flowcharts covering both standard topics (e.g., politics, religion, art, women, etc) as well as less standard topics such as the Dust Bowl and role of the humble potato)
• Detailed readings for each flowchart
• Full-color illustrated timelines, many customized for a particular flowchart
• Hundreds of picture essays on topics related to the flowcharts.
• “Fifteen Lessons of History to Remember”, an essay included in the Introduction

If the flowcharts are analytical and give the big picture of history, the picture essays give depth to each topic, focusing on individual personalities & details that make history fun, funny, inspirational & interesting. The chapter on WWII in the Pacific alone has 9 picture essays on such topics as Pearl Harbor, Midway, internment camps, island hopping, kamikazes, & the Atomic Bomb.

Just for fun, a parody on Santa is included (with flowchart, & picture essays).

Whatever your historical interests or needs The Flow of History is the first place to go.

The author has been building & refining this approach to history over 35 years of teaching. Among his teaching awards, he received the Beveridge Family Teaching Award in 2001 (the only teaching award given by the American Historical Association to a secondary school history teacher and was a 2014 finalist for the Battey national teacher of the year award given by Depauw University. For an article on this go to

For testimonials on the flowchart approach, go to

Interface, architecture design, & logo by Andre C. Murnieks, Professor of Design at University of Notre Dame.

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