Though all Chinese students are all required to study World History in the middle school, the history of Europe has always been a myth for me. One of the reasons is that the history we have learned in China is a “revolution” history based on Marxism’s theory of class struggle. Thus all what we have learned about European history is regarding revolution and restoration. However, I always have a question in that “If western world is such a chaos, why China is not the country who leads the trend of civilization?”
I read the first half of this book with this question, from the first page to the 300th page. What I have read covers from the ancient world to the launching of modern history (1500-1800). I’m highly interested in the history of ancient Greece and the rise of Roman world because they were related to early Christian church history. They are covered in the first part of my reading. Then it introduced the rise (and fall)of Christendom. I used to have a lot of wonders in the relationship of England, France and German, and from this book I think I got some answers, though still looks very complicated for me.