Simple History

History is a really complicated affair, something that I don’t like boiling down into simple bits, for the purpose of catering to people’s disinterest. The complexities are where it gets interesting, when a number of factors are taken into events to lead to an outcome, and how that event becomes a factor in another outcome, etc.

That being said, simple histories can be fun, when presented in an interesting way, and make you look at things interesting. Something that I came across earlier today is The History of Evil, in 5 minutes and 40 seconds. Very stark, minimalist animation, which looks fantastic, with a neat way of illustrating human history through the concept of evil:

Animation isn’t the only way for this to happen, either. There’s a book that I’m really trying to find, called A Little History of the World by E. H. Gombrich.

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The book was written in 1935, and was first published in 1950. The book follows human history from cavemen to the first world war in a very simple, yet elegant fashion, incorporating just about all the major events. The book was written in a matter of weeks, and was later banned by the Nazies (the author lived in Germany). It’s another example of where history can be simplified.

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