Also, it suggests a linear view of history; that only one chronological sequence – the Western one which runs from Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, through the Greeks, the Romans, the European Middle Ages and on to the “Rise of the West” – is THE important one.Events and developments which don’t lie along this line are only of real historical significance in so far as they impinge on the main sequence.However (and I can say this in this blog, as this is where my personal “voice” can be heard), I’m not a fan of BCE and CE.

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If you don’t conceive of a number below 1, why count the years before AD 1?

This time gap also explains why on the other hand is in English as the phrase came into common use when earlier forms of English were more widespread and used across a variety of social classes.

What I’ve really got against the new dating, I suppose, is that it just confuses the very building blocks of history. There are so many contentious things in history, why artificially create another one?

And for no good purpose it turns people who would otherwise like what we’re doing against us!

I have argued against this view of history in more than one previous post (for example, this one about Britain and China in the 18th century).

However, it seems to me that BCE and CE aren’t much better.What does the dating of history around the label “Common Era” imply but that the Western world, with which the Common Era is inextricably linked, is the one which can and should set the terms of history?At least BC and AD had the benefit of being so anachronistic that they merited no attention. And the REAL irritation, so far as I am concerned, is that it makes a dilemma for organizations like Timemaps out of an issue which shouldn’t be a dilemma at all – how to date history.I was looking at a small video clip we put up on You Tube the other day.This shows the world maps on our Time Map of World History running quickly in sequence, giving a very raw, unscripted whistle-stop overview of world history.What interested me was the comments people had posted about it.