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In 1864, Philip Smith, when writing his History of the World, had a similar vision to the one undertaken by WikiHistory. He said, "The work is undertaken under the conviction that the whole world has a history, as much as each separate nation. Amidst all the severing forces of climate, colour, language, interest and animosity, our race forms a complete whole. One in its origin, one even in its true interests, it is destined to be one in its final consummation. And it is this that gives a unity to its history."

David Christian of San Diego State University wrote in a Journal of World History article entitled, "World History in Context, "One of the aims of world history is to see the history of human beings as a single, coherent story, rather than as a collection of the particular stories of different communities. It is as much concerned with nonliterate communities (whether they lived in the Palaeolithic era or today) as with the literate communities that generated the written documents on which most historical research has been based. World history tries to describe the historical trajectory that is shared by all humans, simply because they are humans."

The vision for WikiHistory is the creation of an important historical resource, an online history of the Earth and in particular the place of human beings on the planet. This is endeavor is sometimes known as "Big History." The idea is that each year in history, going back 4 billion years if necessary, will have a page of its own. On that page will be a record of the events that took place that year. History, anthropology and archaelogy are not always exact sciences, and a great deal of theory exists in these studies. WikiHistory is not a place to fight about the differences, but a place to display the various ideas side by side. For example, if one author believes that event took place in 464 CE and another author believes the event took place in 465 CE, there would be references in both of those years to the same event.

From the yearly pages event information can link to more detailed pages, where in-depth accounts of battles, marriages, calamities or other import events for which research has revealed detailed information. It is on these pages that it is appropriate to discuss varying theories and the evidence supporting them.

WikiHistory is a scholarly work, and documenting literature and sources for much of the information will support this effort. It should, however, remain accessible in language and tone for the average reader. This site should be accessible to students to at least the high-school level. Where technical terms are used, links should be created to explain terms.

Spamming and arguing on this site are not allowed. Respect for all cultures, races, beliefs, religions, non-religions, organizations and preferences is required.

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