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History of the World: Four landmarks

Updated Monday, 17th September 2012

Read and watch more about human history, featuring Andrew Marr and the OU's expert academics

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The BBC series Andrew Marr's History of the World is an epic journey through 70,000 years of human history.

Here we explore four key landmarks in our history, using specially recorded clips from the series and key insight from OU academics. Select an image to get going.

The History of the World: Four Landmarks

Four key developments that shaped our society and culture

Agriculture arose independently in at least seven different regions of the world. How did this affect relationships between humans, plants and animals? Creative-Commons Work found at Wikipedia / CC BY-SA 3.0 More than half of the world's population live in cities. Will historians and archaeologists ever agree on what sparked this transition to urbanism? Creative-Commons Work found at Wikipedia / CC BY-SA 3.0 History is littered with tales of powerful empires. How do empires grow, and what brings them to an end?  Copyright-Free Copyright free Diasporas are when a population spreads from a single region to distant corners of the world. How did the African diaspora shape the modern world? Creative-Commons Work found at Wikipedia / CC BY-SA 3.0
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