8000 B.C.-2000 A.D.
outside the Eur-Asian continent to look at the question of why animal
domestication did not develop as much in sub-Saharan Africa, Australia
and South America. The sophistication of South and Central American
Inca and Aztecs. The exchange of germs and the terrible effects of
western diseases in the Pacific and South America. The importance
of horses and steel weapons. The aggression of western Europe and
the maritime trading system. Population rise and decline. The way
animals fade away. The development of writing systems and printing
and the effects of changes in communication systems. The effects of
printing in China and the west. Has the great transition of the last
few thousand years benefited mankind? Is there a pattern in history?
Some added reflections on the unintended consequences of technologies.
Reiteration of the importance of the steam engine.