History is more recent than it feels

I’ve finally finished reading the Penguin History of the World. Turns out the zebra did it.
Awesome read. I had never read any history pieces and this was fantastically enjoyable.

There is one salient piece that has jumped out most at me. As you read about all these events that feel, to most people, so ancient, you come to notice that many of them took place not more than 200 years ago. And after having bathed your mind in the full history of civilization and its building, these events feel incredibly more recent.

The Ottoman Empire is a good example. Even how recent some countries became states was surprising. Germany is a good example.

It was very powerful to think that we feel so far from these very different ways of living when in fact, we are merely a speck in time away from them.


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