I'm writing an essay which I want to divide into 3 parts. The first will detail events from the recent past (past decade), the second will go further back in history (past century) and the third will go back many millions of years. I'd like to title these three parts something like "History", "Older History", "Even Older History", but this sounds kinda clunky.

What would be a better titling scheme that achieves this effect?

  • Perhaps recent history, ancient history and antediluvian history. Commented Nov 20, 2022 at 11:08
  • @WeatherVane which flood did you have in mind?
    – djs
    Commented Nov 20, 2022 at 11:10
  • @djs any of them? Commented Nov 20, 2022 at 11:11
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    Modern history and ancient history have specific meanings, so don't use them in a non standard way.
    – Stuart F
    Commented Nov 20, 2022 at 15:05
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    If you're going back to a time before humans, you'll need something other than history or prehistory — which are words relative to humans. Commented Nov 20, 2022 at 17:05

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History, antecedent history, ancient(or remote or earlier or former) history.

Antecedent free dictionary: One that precedes another.


Since it's a History essay, do you need to repeat that in every heading?

From your question it appears to me that you mean specific time periods. Unless the time periods you refer to have well-known names, like “Renaissance” or “Triassic”, it would be clearer to simply use them as titles.

This Decade, This Century, Long Ago?


Maybe wax poetic?

  • Years Ago
  • Days of Old
  • Eons Back

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