I’ve been thinking about a short little article by BBC “History of the World” presenter Andrew Marr about the five most historical places in world history quite a bit since I came across it a few days ago. I love lists, I love history, understanding and developing a strong sense of place has always been important to me (it’s one of the major themes of this blog), and I teach world history: Marr has my rapt attention!
His choices are based on a world history perspective, but I think one of his historical places betrays his British bias, or maybe not: I’ll discuss below. Here are his picks:
1. The Great Rift Valley in eastern Africa: where human civilization first emerged.A pretty predictable choice, and certainly one that is difficult to contest!
2. The Yellow River: China’s “mother river”, where its first civilization emerged. I’m not sure why…
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