The Big History of Civilizations

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The Big History of Civilizations

2016

The history of human civilization is an astonishing story of migration, innovation, and social development. Over 200,000 years, humans have populated the planet, adapted to environmental challenges, experimented with systems...

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Craig G. Benjamin

In This Series

A Tale of Two Ancient Cities
Episode 1
A Tale of Two Ancient Cities
The Rise of Humanity
Episode 2
The Rise of Humanity
Foraging in the Old Stone Age
Episode 3
Foraging in the Old Stone Age
Origins of Agriculture
Episode 4
Origins of Agriculture
Power, Cities, and States
Episode 5
Power, Cities, and States
The Era of Agrarian Civilizations
Episode 6
The Era of Agrarian Civilizations
Innovations of Mesopotamia
Episode 7
Innovations of Mesopotamia
The Downfall of Sumer
Episode 8
The Downfall of Sumer
Egypt: Divine Rule in the Black Land
Episode 9
Egypt: Divine Rule in the Black Land
Society and Culture of Egypt
Episode 10
Society and Culture of Egypt
Early Mediterranean Civilizations
Episode 11
Early Mediterranean Civilizations
Mysteries of the Indus Valley
Episode 12
Mysteries of the Indus Valley
South Asian Civilizations and Beliefs
Episode 13
South Asian Civilizations and Beliefs
China: Born in Isolation
Episode 14
China: Born in Isolation
China's Dynasties and Influence
Episode 15
China's Dynasties and Influence
The Importance of the Nomads
Episode 16
The Importance of the Nomads
Oxus Civilization and Powerful Persia
Episode 17
Oxus Civilization and Powerful Persia
Greece in Its Golden Age
Episode 18
Greece in Its Golden Age
Greek Gods, Philosophy, and Science
Episode 19
Greek Gods, Philosophy, and Science
Alexander's Conquests and Hellenism
Episode 20
Alexander's Conquests and Hellenism
Building the Roman Republic
Episode 21
Building the Roman Republic
Triumphs and Flaws of Imperial Rome
Episode 22
Triumphs and Flaws of Imperial Rome
New Ideas along the Silk Road
Episode 23
New Ideas along the Silk Road
Chaos and Consolidation in Eurasia
Episode 24
Chaos and Consolidation in Eurasia
Islamic Expansion and Rule
Episode 25
Islamic Expansion and Rule
Legacy of the Mongols
Episode 26
Legacy of the Mongols
North American Peoples and Tribes
Episode 27
North American Peoples and Tribes
Agrarian Civilizations of Mesoamerica
Episode 28
Agrarian Civilizations of Mesoamerica
Culture and Empire in South America
Episode 29
Culture and Empire in South America
African Kingdoms and Trade
Episode 30
African Kingdoms and Trade
Lifeways of Australia and the Pacific
Episode 31
Lifeways of Australia and the Pacific
The Advent of Global Commerce
Episode 32
The Advent of Global Commerce
The Industrial Revolution and Modernity
Episode 33
The Industrial Revolution and Modernity
The Transformative 20th and 21st Centuries
Episode 34
The Transformative 20th and 21st Centuries
Civilization, the Biosphere, and Tomorrow
Episode 35
Civilization, the Biosphere, and Tomorrow
Civilizations of the Distant Future
Episode 36
Civilizations of the Distant Future