The early modern period of modern history follows the late middle ages of the post classical eraalthough the chronological limits of the period are open to debate the timeframe spans the period after the late portion of the post classical age c 1500 known as the middle ages through the beginning of the age of revolutions c 1800 and is variously demarcated by historians as beginning . The history of slavery spans many cultures nationalities and religions from ancient times to the present day however the social economic and legal positions of slaves were vastly different in different systems of slavery in different times and places slavery can be traced back to the earliest records such as the mesopotamian code of hammurabi c 1860 bc which refers to it as an . In this series of articles see the subject headings below left we shall be going on a journey it will take us back 500 years into time we shall be taking a look at the extraordinary history of the puritans. Melvyn bragg explores the pivotal role of englands north in shaping modern britain
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