You'll be hard pressed to find a general history book covering the known extent of human civilization that could be considered "godtier". You're better off researching respected authors/historians and learning piece by piece
>>573623 Better to learn a few things properly than take short glances at a lot of things, as Marcus Aurelius would say. Additionally history isn't in a vacuum, if you learn a ton of one thing it will naturally bleed into the entire history of the time. So just pick a few things through history that really interest you, get deeply invested in them and you'll naturally get a well rounded understanding if you're inquisitive enough.
I'm enjoying Susan Wise Baur's History of the World series. It's broad and general but still cool like when it mentions Byzantium and Persia's conflicts being affected by a people you earlier came across in the chapter about India.
It doesn't cover every detail of history obviously, far from it, but it builds a model that makes sense of history and of the larger fundamental underlying movements, and gives you a basic understanding of the history of every civilisation, even if you don't know anything about one in particular.
It's a pretty broad, light read (it's a comic book) but its very enjoyable and surprisingly informative. I wouldn't use it as primary literature, but it's detailed enough to inspire you to read more about whatever periods/events you like. Also pic related is only part 1 of 3 (get all 3)
"History of the World" by J.M. Roberts is great, I'm currently at page 890 out of roughly 1100. It starts with the early hominids and pre-humans like habilis, erectus etc and the moves on to the first civilations in Sumer and Egypt and goes from there to the current era. The Greeks and Romans alone take up about 150+ pages and its really small type so the whole book is more like 2000+ pages of regular text. Pretty good stuff tbhf.
1) No archival work 2) Scope is too large 3) No rigorous theoretical basis: his biases don't creep in, they leap in in great bounds with nothing to restrict them 4) His whiggish petit-bourgeois Americana biases overdetermine his writing: you are reading a fantasy about sitting rooms in the late 19th and early 20th century, you're not reading history
>>584629 The Whig Theory of History Petit-bourgeois = the shop holders, rentiers, land lords and professionals of the 19th century Americana = Many kinds of material fall within the definition of Americana: paintings, prints and drawings; license plates or entire vehicles, household objects, tools and weapons; flags, plaques and statues, and so on. Patriotism and nostalgia play defining roles in the subject. The things involved need not be old, but need to have the appropriate associations. The Atlantic described the term as "slang for the comforting, middle-class ephemera at your average antique store—things like needle-pointed pillows, Civil War daguerreotypes, and engraved silverware sets."
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