A Cambridge professor has published a list of 31 key dates from history that all GCSE pupils should know.
Covering more than 1,500 years, the dates range from the Anglo-Saxon Conquest in 500AD to Winston Churchill becoming Prime Minister in 1940.
David Abulafia, a professor of Mediterranean history at Cambridge University, produced the list for the think tank Politea. He said current GCSE studies were disjointed and has proposed a curriculum which encompasses the nation's history.
The curriculum will be submitted to a review launched by the education secretary Michael Gove last year. The government is thinking about introducing a new curriculum in history and other subjects in September 2014.
Mr Abulafia said the current "lack of continuity" in the teaching of history was a "fundamental problem". "What one actually wants is a sense that things join up, a sense of context," he said.
In his new curriculum, students would study history across a greater period of time, rather than as isolated events.
The professor's key dates in history:
- 500 AD: Anglo Saxon conquest
- 900 AD: The Danelaw
- 1066: The Norman Conquest
- 1170: The Murder of Thomas a Becket
- 1215: Magna Carta
- 1314: Scottish and Welsh Wars. Bannockburn
- 1381: Peasants' revolt
- 1415: Agincourt
- 1485: Defeat of Yorkists. Battle of Bosworth
- 1535: Execution of Thomas More
- 1553: Catholic Restoration
- 1588: Defeat of the Spanish Armada
- 1611: King James Bible
- 1649: Execution of Charles 1
- 1689: Glorious Revolution and Battle of Boyne
- 1707: Union of England and Scotland
- 1721: Robert Walpole, first Prime Minister
- 1763: Treaty of Paris
- 1769: Start of Industrial Revolution
- 1776: Loss of American Colonies
- 1805: Battle of Trafalgar
- 1825: Opening of the first railway
- 1832: Great Reform Bill
- 1833: Abolition of Slavery
- 1838: Chartism
- 1846: Repeal of Corn Laws
- 1886: Irish Home Rule Bill
- 1904: Entente Cordiale
- 1919: Treaty of Versailles
- 1931: Statute of Westminster
- 1940: Winston Churchill Prime Minister