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Books that Provide a Big Perspective on History

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    Posted: 20 Jan 2019 at 03:42
Hello everyone.  This is my first post at this great forum.  

I've recently read the books Homo Deus and Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harrari.  I thoroughly enjoyed these reads and have a better understanding of our history/anthropology.  Since I am a math/science-oriented person, I never really delved enough into history until the last five or so years.

Would you all have any recommendations for historical reads that provide a larger picture?  Books like Sapiens, Homo Deus, Guns, Germs, and Steel have been exactly what I'm looking for.  If you have a favorite that covers an entire time period (say, the renaissance), that's certainly large enough as well.  

I suppose that I'm trying to stay away from a book about just one country or one event.


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Two that kind of have a similar focus, "Plagues and Peoples," and my favorite title of all time (but I confess I have not read it), "Rats, Lice and History."  Both are about how disease has influenced history and human society.

Mircea Eliade might be interesting, more anthropology and religion than history.  One book is "Shamanism"  Another, about alchemy, is something like 'the Crucible and the Forge' (I could have that title a little off).  He's pretty solid on those subjects, although perhaps a little dated, not new age.  Lots of other books.

If you would like, give us a little report about Yuval Noah Harrari and his books.  I am not familiar with him.
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