That’s a topic I’ve often thought about, Michael — and although I hadn’t considered tackling it in a nonfiction article, it’s one of the main themes of my historical novel, The Cradle and the Sword, which follows empires and cultures across thousands of years of Mesopotamian history, exploring their parallels, distinctions, and causes of decline, through the eyes of characters who live through the dramas. Though my narratives are largely fictional, many of the dates, places, events and historical figures are entirely real.
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I’ll also keep your suggestion of an overall world survey in mind for a future article. My immediate plans (aside from finishing editing on my novel) are to focus on specific areas of the world, one at a time — but a sweeping imperial survey could be very interesting.
Thank you for reading, and for taking the time to share your thoughts!