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History of Eurasia [interactive map]

The history of Eurasia is vast, much like the land it covered millions of years ago. Over time the development, not only of European, Near Eastern, and Chinese civilizations, but also food production, the first use of gunpowder, and the cavalry took place. The evolution of trade and connectivity among these civilizations helped create the globalised world we know today, such as the silk roads and the great steppe corridor.

The map below highlights a few of the significant places of this ‘big history.’

Featured image credit: China. Crescent lake among the sand dunes of the Gobi Desert not far from Dunhuang by Barry Cunliffe. Do not use without permission.

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