A History of the World
A History of the World of the past century is more fascinating than fiction, filled with drama, the unexpected overtaking events. The lives of millions on every continent have been shaped by changes that occurred.
A History of the World Pdf
Our world is one of the vibrant cultures and different paths of development, a world of gross inequalities, greater than ever. But how is a world history to be written, from what perspective? Inevitably this world history has a Western perspective but avoids the lofty generalizations of briefer accounts.
Basic facts – who has time for them? But without sufficient detail interpretations are imposed and readers are in no position to form judgments of their own. A longer account need not be read all at once, detail need not deaden but can provide insights and bring history to life.
Our world is closely interrelated. Today, the US exceeds in power and wealth in all other countries, its outreach is global. Economies and trade are interlinked.
Visual and audio communication can be sent from one part of the world to another in an instant. The Internet is virtually universal. Mass travel by air and sea is commonplace. The environment is also of global concern.
Migration has created multinational cultures. Does this not lead to the conclusion that world history should be written from a global perspective and that the nation-state should no longer dominate? Stimulating accounts have been based on this premise as if viewing history from outer space.
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