Or rather, studying modern history by way of prehistory. What I’ve been trying to do is examine history by looking at which peoples have well-examined remains from prehistoric times. However, when I look at specific nations, I don’t have much information about their prehistory. I need to work back to this by looking at their modern history, first. Which means that I am doing more for the 16th, 17th, 18th, and 19th century than for anything ancient. It’s likely to be that way for a while, too.
In the meantime, I am becoming more familiar with the history of China and Japan; India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh; Iran, Egypt, and Turkey; Thailand and Vietnam, with colonial Brazil and Mexico (neither of which have much attention given to them). I haven’t quite worked though to classical and medieval history, but I’m getting there.