The History Atlas was initially published in 2001 as a Shockwave-based browser application designed and constructed by Electric Prism's Jeff Moran and Aeron Glemann, with consecutive ongoing database design and implementation by Gregory Shifrin, Adam Aaronson, Einar Sunde III, and Diana Simonson.
Jeff Moran, known for his periodic spiral of the chemical elements, has worked extensively in design, architectural sculpture, television production, and mechanical contracting. He is a former Town Supervisor of Woodstock, New York.
Photo credit: Dion Ogust (2016)
History Atlas is curated collection of historical materials from various sources in the public domain.
The histories are arranged in chronological order and edited* by Jeff Moran to reflect the past perfect tense and offer links to varying context. The narrative is meant to be comprehensive.
Time periods telescope from months and days to years, eras, ages, epochs, and greater periods.
The narrative in each time period traverses the globe in an east-to-west path beginning and ending where Asia and North America meet, its path a double parabola along the equator, repeated three times.
The narrative thus encompasses the twelve faces of the globe, or worlds.
History Atlas features twenty-five world regions, based principally on the United Nations geoscheme, with some modifications in Europe, North Africa, and Western Asia, plus fifty-one subregions that are the product of world + region.
There are detailed maps for the ten time periods from Prehistory through the High Modern age (to 1828).
The map backgrounds are modified satellite photographs from Apple's Maps application.
Primary sources are noted inline or under Sources.
Secondary sources include the Library of Congress Country Studies published by the Federal Research Division of the United States Library of Congress. Sections of this copyright-free series, always sourced to the individual study, form much of the History Atlas age-by-age narrative (the Less position on the Slider function).
Other secondary sources include the 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica, the 1914 Catholic Encyclopedia and the 1906 Jewish Encyclopedia, all of which have entered the public domain due to the expiration of the copyright of this material.
*Editing of source materials also entails reworking subordinate clauses, changing spellings of proper nouns to contemporary formats, expressing quantities in words, removing subheadings, and applying the active voice.