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Big Histories

Anatole Pang
The list author says: "I am keen to create a comprehensive list of "big histories", partly in light of some recent additions to this genre."
After Tamerlane: The Rise and Fall of Global Empires, 1400-2000
After Tamerlane: The Rise and Fall of Global Empires, 1400-2000
"One of the more recent, and well worth reading after almost a decade without substantial new views on the subject of world-empires."
War and Peace and War: The Rise and Fall of Empires
War and Peace and War: The Rise and Fall of Empires
The Wealth and Poverty of Nations
The Wealth and Poverty of Nations
"A classic from 1998, though much disputed."
Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies
"Another controversial world-history from the age of pre-9/11 peace."
The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers
The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers
"One of the originals, now slightly dated. However some perceptive comments even in 1987 on what turned out to be the imminent fall of the Soviet empire."
The Paths of History
The Paths of History
"More dry and academic than some of the more coffee-table orientated offerings above. Attempts a new view on historical cyclicality."
Empire: The Rise and Demise of the British World Order and the Lessons for Global Power
Empire: The Rise and Demise of the British World Order and the Lessons for Global Power
"Not strictly a "big history", but certainly a view on empires in conjunction with 'Colossus'."
Colossus: The Rise and Fall of the American Empire
Colossus: The Rise and Fall of the American Empire
"As above, in conjunction with 'Empire"."
Why the West Rules--for Now: The Patterns of History, and What They Reveal About the Future
Why the West Rules--for Now: The Patterns of History, and What They Reveal About the Future
"This is a new one which I have not yet read."