With Star Wars: The Force Awakens hitting theaters this week, it'll be a helpful reminder to know about where we are in the Extended Universe. I'll be covering canon, non-canon but legitimate, and retconned material that's simply too good to ignore in a brief synopsis of Star Wars history.
It's worth noting that since we don't yet know the plot of The Force Awakens I can't accurately portray events beyond the destruction of the Death Star, so I'll only be covering three eras of Star Wars history: The Old Republic, The Rise of the Empire, and The Rebellion. Each of these eras have a date associated with them annotated in BBY or ABY, which stand for Before (or After) theBattle of Yavin. Within these eras, I've outlined the books, games, movies, and animated series in chronological order; however, there is a significant amount of overlap in some areas of the franchise, so the order may not be precise.
So, without further adieu, let's get you spun up on Star Wars history so you can fully enjoy the face melting awesomeness that awaits us next week!