There are plenty of histories of the world out there written by actual, qualified historians like J.M. Roberts, H.G. Wells, Thucydides and Herodotus, but they all suffer from a common fault: too long. I’d like to write a history of the world so that it’s around fifteen A5 pages. This is mostly for amusement and to eventually include in the backpacker’s manual that I’m working on. It’s going pretty well; it’s actually really fun and liberating to read history by completely skipping over all detail of any kind.
But I am kind of struggling with how to begin writing anything. I think the technique might be to do a few sentences at a time right across history – start with everything in frame and then gradually zoom in until I’m at fifteen pages. At least that’s my approach for right now.
So here is a three sentence history of the world:
I’ll fill in the rest later.