Our Story on Earth

Imagine you have just switched on to a TV series that everyone is watching around, and you also start enjoying the odd scenes and bits. Now, if you decide to watch the series, ideally, you will start from the very first episode. But imagine like the old no internet days when watching something meant exclusively…

Nation-States: Today … and tomorrow!

It’s a human tendency to imagine that things must have always been how they are today. Most of us live an average lifespan of 80 years and meet people from around the last 80 years or so only, and are prone to the same 9-5 routine. And since most of the historic changes take time…

Nation-States, Colonization, Wars, and more Nation-States

Country is a concept that feels even more real than money and religion. Not only does it have its own flag and anthem, but also has physical components like land, hills, mountain and physical boundaries. For most of us, it is difficult to even imagine a world without countries – to pinpoint the establishment date…

From Mediterranean to Atlantic …. and beyond!

As we saw in our previous story, Spain had accumulated such massive wealth through their exploration that they had everything in their arsenal to rule the world for long. But Spain, which looked destined for absolute world domination for centuries to come, lost its supremacy in less than half a century. If one were to…

America: Pre and Post Columbus

Growing up, I always thought that America (both North and South) was a completely empty space – devoid of any humans. For every time I would read in General Knowledge books that Christopher Columbus had discovered America, that is the picture the word ‘discovery’ would conjure up in my head. Later when I read about the…

To Africa and beyond!

Africa is the land where the actual human journey started. Be it our genus Homo, or our species Sapiens –​ it is​ Africa where our story begins. And yet, when it comes to turning the pages of history books, Africa is often spared just a snippet of words, compared to two nearby land masses close…

Silk, Spices and the onset of Exploration

For most of human history, the world meant mostly a landmass consisting of Europe, Asia, and Africa. Much of the remaining parts of the world were relatively unknown –​ especially the Americas (both North and South) and Australia. So, every history book you pick up, it is mostly these three regions that fill up the…

The Mongol Empire

The story of Mongol Empire starts from the story of a single warrior in Mongolia, known as Temujin. Born around 1162 AD in a tribal family, in a land known for tribal warriors, Temujin would slowly rise in ranks, and after a series of victories over his rivals would be elected as the leader of…

China – the fantasy land of the east

When the famous explorer and Venetian trader Marco Polo traveled to China in 1275 AD, there were plenty of marvels to gasp at in the land of the East. Therefore, when he finally returned to Europe again –​ after 24 long years in China as advisor for its emperor –​ it was no wonder that…

The Origin of Money

When discussing the origin of religions amongst the civilizations, we talked about how we viewed God as a child, and what our first memory of God was. Let us do the same here, but with a small tweak – let’s replace the word God with Money. Do you remember when was the first time in…

Mohammad, Islam and the Islamic Empires

In our story of Abraham and his two sons, we talked about the origin of the Arabs and their holy pilgrimage site – Mecca. In this article, we continue our journey of human history through the Arabian peninsula. The people of the Arabian Peninsula were mostly Nomads (known as Bedouin) at the time and were…

Christ, Constantine, and Constantinople

The central figure and religious leader of Christianity, Jesus Christ is one of the most prominent names in the whole of human history. He is not only revered as God by millions of followers of Christianity, the most followed calendar on earth is also created with reference to his birth – before Christ (BC) and…