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“German historian Arno Peters wrote a ‘synchronoptic’ history of the world (1952) that gave every century exactly the same column inches. In this subversive book, the Inca civilisation was given as much coverage as Medieval Europe; the twenty-ninth century BC as much as the twentieth century AD. It has never gone out of print in German – but has never been translated into English.”

… or better still, write your own, since knowledge of the early period has come a long way since 1952.

(From Alex MacGillivray’s A Brief History of Globalization, an entertaining read with a great line in anecdote; just a bit short on coherent argument.)

But a great topic for discussion this evening at the Serious Book Club. Thanks all!

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