Reading Norman Davies’s global history is like wading through porridge


From Azerbaijan to Tahiti, much of the material is familiar — or available (as Davies himself admits) on Wikipedia

For many of us, life has become global.

Areas which were previously tranquil backwaters are now hives of international activity

Leisure travel has given us the possibility of first-hand exposure to once very remote places.

Pale 6fYou don’t have to be particularly privileged or adventurous to go on holiday in January to south-east Asia: two weeks in a western chain hotel plus flights to Thailand may only cost £1,000.

The increase in migration to western countries since the 1940s means that many lives are bound up with previously distant cultures — we have spouses, in-laws, lovers, friends and…

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