''Click here for the actual HistoryOfHollywood.''

In the real world, each era of time throughout history has its own distinctive style and ''zeitgeist'', based on what came before it. It also leaves an indelible mark in all of the eras that come ''after'' it. In this way, all periods of history are inextricably linked, and in order to thoroughly comprehend one, one must endeavor to study and understand them all.

Obviously, things get pumped up for movies. Whether or not you believe this is an [[AcceptableBreakFromReality acceptable break from reality]] or THE [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks WORST THING]] [[DarthWiki/RuinedForever TO EVER HAPPEN]] [[PunctuatedForEmphasis EVER]] depends on the viewer, not to mention the restraints of time[=/=]watchability of an event (most filmgoers won't be impressed with a slow, boring event, however world-changing -- and this isn't the LowestCommonDenominator we're talking about; many films have been blasted for this), invoking RuleOfDrama and so on. This isn't restricted to film -- ancient plays and literature have been doing this on and on.

It is important to bear in mind that stories told in the media work with tropes, but history works with its own rules, and many times the real events and all their details get in the way of a good story. Stories are basically a more or less lineal narrative. Everything that happens in history is the result of a complex set of causes, influences and factors (politics, economy, social issues, and a long etc.), and everything keeps influencing further events in all directions. Consider, for example, that WWII never happened, that it was instead a great war movie made up by some imaginative Hollywood studios. We have a BigBad conquering neighbour countries ForTheEvulz, we have Europe [[GondorCallsForAid calling for aid]], we have TheAlliance standing against the evil, an atomic bomb for the end, and AmericaWinsTheWar. Hurray! But, wait a moment... the defeat of the big bad [[KeystoneArmy does not mean that the war is over]]? Why are the Russians in the Alliance, if they will be the villains of the sequel? Shouldn't the superweapon have been used against the big bad, [[SortingAlgorithmOfEvil instead of just his minor allies]]? If there was a happy ending, [[NoEndorHolocaust shouldn't Europe have survived the war as good as new]]? And if the ultimate evil has been completely and utterly defeated, how come [[AndTheAdventureContinues that history is still going on]]?

It should be noted that popular entertainments, whether TV, film or print literature, are products of their times and cater to an audience of that time; thus, they will always bear more resemblance to the society that produces them than to the time period actually depicted. For instance, ''HappyDays'', set in the 1950s, looks far more like the 1970s, the decade when it was produced, than does ''{{That 70s Show}}'', produced in the early 2000s. Even Aeschylus's depiction of the Trojan War depicts homoeroticism among the Acheans because that was what was expected of manly aristocratic figures in the Athens of his day, despite the fact that it probably wasn't as big a fad at the time of the Trojan War (and for centuries after - Homer's Iliad has none of it). It's also why speculative fiction has such widely varying pictures of "TheFuture", and why ''TheJetsons'' (originally produced in the 1960s) portrays a future of technological marvels, but still assumes the push-button kitchen of tomorrow will be presided over by an apron-wearing housewife; it was beyond comprehension that automation in the home would result in women having lives outside it.

Note that many of these apply to Europe and the United States. Feel free to add the historical eras of other regions.

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'''The most well-known eras of Hollywood History are as follows:'''
* TheDarkTimes. A time before the rise of mankind, with the world ruled by dark forces.
* OneMillionBC
** InventingTheWheel
** {{Prehistoria}}
** StonePunk. SpeculativeFiction set in this period.
* UsefulNotes/FirstAustralians (Indigenous Australians)
** UsefulNotes/AustralianAborigines
** UsefulNotes/TorresStraitIslanders
* TheTimeOfMyths. The setting for tales of a distant past, real or imagined. When gods, demons, and monsters walk the earth. Inspired by actual OralTradition or modern takes on it.
** SwordAndSandal. Setting covering Mythological tales, Biblical Epics, Ancient Greece, and Ancient Rome in film.
*** SandalPunk. SpeculativeFiction set in this setting.
* BibleTimes
** Literature/TheBible
* AncientEgypt
* AncientGreece
** TheTrojanWar (approximately 1194-1184 BC)
*** Literature/TheTrojanCycle
** GrecoPersianWars (499-449 BC). From the Ionian Revolt to the end of the Wars of the Delian League.
** UsefulNotes/ThePeloponnesianWar (431-404 BC)
** MacedonianSuccessionWars (323/322-272 BC). From the death of AlexanderTheGreat to the start of a stable period under the Antogonid dynasty in Macedon. The rest of the Hellenistic kingdoms were more-or-less stable.
** MaccabeanRevolt (167/166-129 BC)
* AncientRome (753 BC-476 AD)
** UsefulNotes/TheRomanRepublic (c. 509 -27 BC)
*** UsefulNotes/PunicWars (264-241 BC, 218-201 BC, 149-146 BC)
** UsefulNotes/TheRomanEmpire (27 BC -476/480/1453)
*** JewishRevolts (66-73, 115-117, 132-136)
** ByzantineEmpire (330-1453).
* AncientGrome (an amalgamation of the two above)
* ImperialChina
** Main/DynastiesFromShangToQing (Pre-1912)
** {{Wuxia}}
* MedievalJapan
** JidaiGeki
* DarkestAfrica
** AncientAfrica
* {{Mayincatec}}
** UsefulNotes/PreColumbianCivilizations
*** UsefulNotes/NativeAmericans
* TheMiddleAges (Fall of Rome to Discovery of America)
** MedievalMorons
** TheDungAges
** TheLowMiddleAges (c. 400-1050 AD)
*** DarkAgeEurope (c 400-600 AD)
*** UsefulNotes/AngloSaxons (c. 449-1066)
**** HistoryOfEnglish
*** UsefulNotes/LEtatCestMoi. Full list and brief introduction of all French monarchs (c. 481-1792, 1804-1848, 1852-1870).
*** UsefulNotes/ThePapalStates (754-1870)
*** HornyVikings (c. 787-1066)
*** UsefulNotes/HolyRomanEmpire (800/962-1806)
*** UsefulNotes/KievanRus and successors (c. 864-1547)
** TheHighMiddleAges (c. 1050-1320 AD)
*** Main/TheHouseOfNormandy (1066-1154)
*** TheCrusades (1095/1096-1291). Subsequent Crusades were actually called, but fought far from the Holy Land.
*** TheKnightsHospitallers (c. 1099-1798). Also known as Knights of Cyprus, Knights of Rhodes, and Knights of Malta. Based on the location of their headquarters at various points.
*** TheKnightsTemplar (c. 1119-1307/1314)
*** Main/TheHouseOfPlantagenet (1154-1485)
*** UsefulNotes/TheTeutonicKnights (c. 1190-1525)
*** UsefulNotes/HanseaticLeague (c. 1241-1669)
*** [[UsefulNotes/TheSoundOfMartialMusic The Habsburg Empire]] (Holy Roman Empire 1273-1291, 1298-1308, 1314-1330, 1438-1740, 1745-1806, Austrian Empire/Austria-Hungary 1804-1918)
*** RobertTheBruce (1274-1329)
** TheLateMiddleAges (c. 1320-1500 AD)
*** HundredYearsWar (1337-1453)
*** Main/TheHouseOfStuart (1371/1603-1714).
*** FallOfConstantinople (1453)
*** UsefulNotes/WarsOfTheRoses (1455-1487)
*** Main/TheHouseOfTudor (1485-1603)
* ArabianNightsDays (700-1000 AD)
* TheRenaissance (c. 1400-1600 AD)
** ClockPunk. SpeculativeFiction set in this period.
** UsefulNotes/TheSpanishInquisition (1478/1480-1834)
** ItalianWars (1494-1559)
** Main/TsaristRussia (1547-1917)
** EightyYearsWar (1568-1648)
** UsefulNotes/BattleOfLepanto (1571)
* WoodenShipsAndIronMen (The Age of Sail, roughly mid-1400s to the late 1800s)
** Main/TheBritishEmpire (c. 1576-1949). From the original colonizing efforts to the establishment of UsefulNotes/TheCommonwealthOfNations in its modern form.
** GoldenAgeOfPiracy (c. 1650-1720)
* TheCavalierYears (c. 1600-1790 AD) (Europe)
** DutchPortugueseWar (1602-1640)
** UsefulNotes/ThirtyYearsWar (1618-1648)
** EnglishCivilWar (1642-1649), a part of the Three Kingdoms Wars (1639-1653)
** AngloDutchWars (1652-1784)
** UsefulNotes/SiegeOfVienna (1683)
** HanoverStuartWars (c. 1688-1746).
** GreatNorthernWar (1700-1721)
** UsefulNotes/WarOfTheSpanishSuccession (1701-1714)
** Main/TheHouseOfHanover (1714-1901)
** WarOfTheAustrianSuccession (1740-1748)
** SevenYearsWar (1754-1763)
* TheColonialPeriod (c. 1600-1790 AD) (America)
* UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution (c. 1770-1787)
* AntebellumAmerica (c. 1787-1861)
** WarOf1812 (1812-1815)
* TheFrenchRevolution (c. 1789-1804)
** FrenchPoliticalSystem. Explains the changes in the political system of France, from 1792 onwards.
* NapoleonicWars (1798-1815)
* The 19th century
** SteamPunk. SpeculativeFiction set in this era.
** UsefulNotes/AllTheLittleGermanies (1806-1871)
** RegencyEngland (1811-1820)
** WarOfTheConfederation (1836-1839)
** VictorianBritain (1837-1901)
*** VictorianLondon
** TheWildWest (c. 1845-1890)
*** TheWestern
** {{Mexican-American War}} (1846-1848)
** WarsOfItalianIndependence (1848-1866)
** CrimeanWar (1853-56)
** TheRaj (1858-1947)
*** UsefulNotes/ThePartitionOfIndia (1947-1948)
** UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar (c. 1861-1865)
** ChinchaIslandsWar (1864-1866)
** WarOfTheTripleAlliance (1864-1870)
** TheGildedAge (c. 1865-1896)
** AustroPrussianWar (1866)
** UsefulNotes/ImperialJapan (1868-1945/1947)
** UsefulNotes/FrancoPrussianWar (1870-1871)
** UsefulNotes/ImperialGermany (1871-1918)
** AngloZuluWar (January-July 1879)
** WarOfThePacific (1879-1883)
** TheRiverWar (1881-1898)
** TheGayNineties (1890s)
** TwilightOfTheOldWest (c. 1890-1920)
** UsefulNotes/FirstSinoJapaneseWar (1894-1895)
** UsefulNotes/SpanishAmericanWar (1898)
** SecondBoerWar (1899-1902)
* TheTwentiethCentury
** TheEdwardianEra (1901-1910/1914).
*** Main/TheHouseOfWindsor (1901/1917-)
*** UsefulNotes/RussoJapaneseWar (1904-1905).
*** RomanovsAndRevolutions (1905-1917)
*** TheTunguskaEvent (1908)
*** UsefulNotes/TheMexicanRevolution (1910-c. 1920)
*** UsefulNotes/NoMoreEmperors. Covers the Republic of China and the Chinese Civil War (1912-1949).
*** Sinking of the UsefulNotes/RMSTitanic (1912)
** UsefulNotes/WorldWarI (1914-1918)
*** RedOctober (1917). Also covers the subsequent Russian Civil War.
** TheRoaringTwenties (1920s). Also covers the final years of the 1910s.
*** DieselPunk (c. 1920-1950). SpeculativeFiction stories set in this period.
*** Main/WeimarRepublic (1918/1919-1933)
*** UsefulNotes/{{Yugoslavia}} (1918/1929-1992/2003)
*** GenteelInterbellumSetting (c. 1918-1939)
*** PolishSovietWar (1919-1921)
*** UsefulNotes/TheIrishRevolution (War of Independence 1919-1921, Civil War 1922-1923)
*** UsefulNotes/FascistItaly (Kingdom of Italy 1922-1943, Italian Social Republic 1943-1945).
*** Main/SovietRussiaUkraineAndSoOn (a basic guide to the USSR, 1922-1991)
**** Main/HistoryOfTheUSSR
**** GloriousMotherRussia
**** Main/TheSovietTwenties
*** UsefulNotes/VaticanCity (1929-)
** TheGreatDepression (1929-1940)
*** ChacoWar (1932-1935)
*** UsefulNotes/NaziGermany (1933-1945).
*** UsefulNotes/SpanishCivilWar (1936-1939)
**** UsefulNotes/TheFrancoRegime (1939-1975)
*** {{Hindenburg}} (1937)
** UsefulNotes/WorldWarII (1937/1939-1945)
*** WorksSetInWorldWarII
*** WorldWarII/PreludeToWar (1918-1937/1939)
*** UsefulNotes/SecondSinoJapaneseWar (1937 - 1945)
*** WorldWarII/WarInEuropeAndAfrica (1939-1945)
*** UsefulNotes/MaginotLine (1940)
*** WorldWarII/WarInAsiaAndThePacific (1941-1945)
*** AmericaWinsTheWar (1941-1945)
*** UsefulNotes/AtomicBombingsOfHiroshimaAndNagasaki(1945)
*** WorldWarII/TheAftermath (1945-1990)
** TheForties (1940s)
*** UsefulNotes/ColdWar (c. 1945-1991)
**** UsefulNotes/HistoryOfTheColdWar
**** UsefulNotes/RepublicanItaly (post-1946)
**** UsefulNotes/TheApartheidEra (1948-1994)
**** UsefulNotes/WestGermany (1949-1990)
**** Main/RedChina (post-1949)
**** UsefulNotes/EastGermany (1949-1990)
*** UsefulNotes/ArabIsraeliConflict (1948-)
** TheFifties (1950s)
*** UsefulNotes/TheKoreanWar (1950-1953)
*** UsefulNotes/TheSpaceRace (c. 1953-1969).
*** UsefulNotes/CivilRightsMovement (c. 1955-1968).
*** UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar (c. 1955-1975).
** TheSixties (1960s).
*** BayOfPigsInvasion (1961)
*** UsefulNotes/TheTroubles (c.1966-1998)
*** TheFootballWar (1969)
** TheSeventies (1970s)
*** UsefulNotes/NationalReorganizationProcess (1976-1983)
*** SovietInvasionOfAfghanistan (1979-1989)
** TheEighties (1980s)
*** UsefulNotes/IranIraqWar (1980-1988), also known as the Gulf War.
*** TheFalklandsWar (1982)
*** SriLankanCivilWar (1983-2009)
*** OperationUrgentFury (1983)
** TheNineties (1990s)
*** UsefulNotes/TheGulfWar (1990-1991). Also known as the Second Gulf War, or the First Gulf War.
*** UsefulNotes/TheBerlinRepublic (Post-1990 Germany)
*** TheNewRussia (Post-1991 Russia)
*** UsefulNotes/TheYugoslavWars (1991-2001)
*** CongoWars (1996-1997, 1998-)
* The 21st century
** TurnOfTheMillennium (2000s)
*** TheWarOnTerror (2001-)
** TheNewTens (2010s)
*** UsefulNotes/TheArabSpring (2010-)
* ThePresentDay
** NextSundayAD
* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture
** PostCyberPunk
** BioPunk
* WorldWarIII
** AmericaTakesOverTheWorld
** ChinaTakesOverTheWorld
** JapanTakesOverTheWorld
** UnitedEurope
* TheFuture
** ExtyYearsFromNow
** RaygunGothic
*** RetroRocket
*** WeirdScience
** CrystalSpiresAndTogas
** UsedFuture
** CyberPunk
** EverythingIsAnIpodInTheFuture
** RidiculousFutureSequelisation
** ZombieApocalypse
** {{Zeerust}}
** YearX

'''General tropes in this category:'''
* AlternateLandmarkHistory
* AnachronismStew
* BlackVikings
* BrieferThanTheyThink
* DecadeThemedParty
* FamouslyMundaneFictionallyMagical
* TheGreatestHistoryNeverTold
* HistoricalBadassUpgrade
* HistoricalBeautyUpdate
* HistoricalDowngrade
* HistoricalHeroUpgrade
* HistoricalVillainDowngrade
* HistoricalVillainUpgrade
* HitSoHardTheCalendarFeltIt
* HollywoodCostuming
* NostalgiaAintLikeItUsedToBe
* PoliticallyCorrectHistory
* PopularHistory
* PublicDomainArtifact
* [[{{Demythtification}} Retroactively Realistic Fantasy]]
* RoseTintedNarrative
* StockUnsolvedMysteries
* TwoDecadesBehind
* YeGoodeOldeDays
* {{Zeerust}}
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