Friday, January 04, 2013

History of the world in 1013


What's up a thousand years ago?  Juan Cole, scholar and blogger on Middle Eastern matters, knows from 1013.
     Rivalries of Sunni and Shia Muslims are a big part of world affairs. The Muslim city of Cordoba, Spain, is the largest city in the world
     China?  Prospering under the Sung dynasty, probably enjoying the highest GNP in the world.
      Europe? A barbarous forest northwest of civilization.
Africa and the Americas:  beyond the horizons of the rest of the world, not that they minded.