Rivers, marshes, and the first cities
You've done episodes on the early East Asian, Mesopotamian and American civilizations. Will you be covering the Indus Valley Civilization and Mehrgarh any time in the future? They were roughly contemporaneous with some of those early places like Uruk, no?
Hey Patrick, I’ve read Against the Grain and was looking for a book to take me into the beginning of historical time in the Middle East — any suggestions?
Then the US came along and dropped hundreds of thousands of bombs, large bomb shells from cannons, millions of rounds of high caliber rounds, and tons of depleted uranium on most of the area killing millions, wounding tens of millions, and displacing tens of millions more in order to save those poor people from ____________.
As B.C.E. and C.E. supplant B.C. and A.D., do you think we will get to a point where we just use the term "Before Present?" You use that term periodically so it got me wondering what academia thinks. To me it just simplifies things. Thoughts?
Terrific analysis! 👍
You've mentioned James C Scott a couple of times now Patrick. I've recently read Guns, Germs and Steel and Sapiens, do you think Against the Grain is a good next book to accompany those to get a decent overview and base understanding?