Ripple Effects: An Alternative View of World History
Wednesday, 10 a.m.-noon.
World history tells a story of the relentless merging of cultures and societies that transformed countless disparate bands into a single interwoven civilization. Trace this trajectory while strolling through the myriad, often hidden, ways in which humans have been interlinked over the ages. How, for example, did diverse cultures collude to create modern mathematics? How did the steam engine spur the rise of feminism? How did Mohammed help enable the voyages of Columbus? How did those voyages help bring down Ming China? Consider these and other questions in this alternative approach to world history.
Tamim Ansary has run the San Francisco Writer's Workshop for 20 years. His memoir West of Kabul, East of New York was San Francisco's pick for its One City One Book program. He co-wrote the New York Times bestselling memoir The Other Side of the Sky with Afghan landmine victim Farah Ahmedi.
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