The Age of Empire is one of the ages of humanity and our World.
Ever since modern people began to spread from Africa, our biggest battle had been with the forces of nature.
But, as we created the first civilisations, we found we faced a sharper threat… Human nature.
3,000 years ago the world was being churned and pulled apart in the first great age of Empire.
This was the time of vicious civil wars, all the way from China, through India, to the Mediterranean.
And you’d think that all this violence would push the human story back.
The awkward truth is that all the violence, in fact, drove the human story forward. This is a period of extraordinary new thinking on everything from democracy to God, from some of the greatest minds we’ve ever come across.
A period of extreme weather caused the Nazca people of South America to make a fatal error of judgement.
The Nazca experienced an apocalyptic 30 years of rain, without the roots of the huarango trees the soil was washed away. Then the rains were followed by 30 years of drought. The earth was left hard and lifeless.
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