Three non-fiction history books on world history

Political Order and Political Decay: From the Industrial Revolution to the Globalization of Democracy by Francis Fukuyama

This book explores how the state, its law, and its democracy, have developed over a series of historical events, and how in current times, the state of democracy has started to decay in today’s most developed democracies.

It is very much a classic in political theory and science and, especially with its focus on history, it is likely to be timeless. I would recommend this book to anyone studying or interested in political science, political theory, economics, and world history.

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Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari 

How come humans have become dominant, created cities, towns, and empires? Why do we have law and human rights? By crossing natural science, history, economics, sociology, and ethics, Harari attempts to explain why our society is as it is today.

It is accurate in its description of being a brief history; whilst it touches upon major events such as the agriculture revolution and the cognitive revolution, there is so much in human history to discover. This book works well with Harari’s “Homo Deus”, which looks at the future, but it is equally valuable and compelling on its own.


The Silk Roads: A New History of the World by Peter Frankopan

This book follows the cities and countries which fall on the infamous ancient Silk Road to explain the rise and fall of some of the world’s greatest empires, as well as how ideas and languages have travelled across the world.

As a result of its global scope and coverage, this book provides a firm grounding in international affairs and an understanding of today: Why are country relations as they are? Why do languages have commonalities? Why are economic inequalities as they are?

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