The Direction of History

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This week in “A Brief History of Humankind” from Dr. Yuval Noah Harari we started Part 3 of the course “The Unification of Humankind” . Lecture 8, the first lecture of this part is entitled “The Direction of History”. After the Agricultural Revolution, humans created many different cultures and societies. The relations between these different societies were very complex, and involved wars and conflicts as well as trade, immigration and imitation. But as time went by, the connections between the societies became stronger and stronger, so that humankind was gradually united into a single global society. Three main forces shaped this process of unification. The first was money and trade. Money is the most universal system of mutual trust ever devised by humans. Even people who believe in different gods and obey rival kings, are nevertheless willing to use the same money. This week we discuss…

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