Last night I started out looking up the demographics of Mauritius on Wikipedia, and ended up somewhere in the Tarim Basin in China. But en route, I found something about a book that made me look up more books by the same author, which made me think of something else entirely:
I attended fifteen schools by the time I got out of high school, and between that and following other interests in college, I’ve never actually taken a world history course.
I don’t really want to, at this point, though I might follow some via some of the open/free university systems available online now. But I love reading historical fiction and non-fiction if it’s interesting, and I have so little world history under my belt that I’d appreciate suggestions for almost anything.
What would you recommend I read, especially if it’s about eras/places that aren’t particularly well-served in American or other western world history programs, or which are just fascinating otherwise?
Last night, the relationships, both economically and in terms of interplay of ethnic/racial groups, religions (Zoroastrianism, Buddhism, Nestorian/Eastern Christianity, etc.), and in terms of geographic migration and trade routes, between the Persian/Indian regions and China caught my interest. Otherwise, books like Caesar in Gaul have interested me, especially as the Romans learned about the geography of what is now Germany and into eastern Europe, and I’m interested in the relationships between Africa, India, and China in general.
Anything worldwide might interest me, though, if I haven’t learned about it yet.