⚡ See beyond wars and politics, understanding how cultures have developed, coalesced and faded over time.

The cover of A Concise History of the World by Merry E. Wiesner-HanksA Concise History of the World | Book by Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks

An overview of world history, starting with the development of humankind and ending in 2015.

I think this is a pretty good place to start if you’ve got some knowledge of major world events, but you’re not sure how they’re connected, where they fit chronologically or how they merge together as parts of social or political trends. And, rather than simply focusing on politics and wars, the book delves deep into how societies were structured, what gender and age meant in various parts of the world at different times and how cultures developed over time. It provides a framework for understanding, making you want to read more about specific events or periods.