Above, watch "a geopolitical history of all empires, nations, kingdoms, armies and republics" unfold in 13 minutes. Created by a YouTuber who simply goes by the name "kardboardking," the video stitches together "more than 500 world maps spanning all historical events." We start in Sumer, somewhere around 5500-4000 BC. And end in 2014, with the world as we know it today.
Kardboardking is careful to point out that the clip features civilizations with a writing system and urban centers. Hence "pre-historical cultures" don't make an appearance here. For more information on the maps, see the blurb that accompanies the video on YouTube. For a truly comprehensive history of the world, see: The History of the World in 46 Lectures From Columbia University.
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