Going east by sailing west

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.


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