I have always been a fan of Asimov and his approach to writing, from tales of Robots and Foundations to his Choice of catastrophes he has approached them all in his own particular way.
Asimov gives us not only events and dates, but causes and consequences of what happened. 1991 was when Tim Berners-Lee introduced the World Wide Web. Its not possible to remain a pure pacifist after reading Asimovs account of German aggression in WWII. 13 Big Bang through 12,000 years ago: pp. Silk isnt in the index. 572 Worldcat libraries have it: https://www.worldcat.org/title/asimov... Eukaryotes (with cell nuclei) appeared about 1.4 billion years ago. Jellyfish and worms by 800 million years ago. Shelly animalsand plantsby 600 million years ago. Chordates (like usspinal cord, gill slits) by 550 million years ago. Life begins to invade land, 450 million years ago. 613) Hominids walk upright 5 million years ago. Homo habilis, larger brain, smaller jaw, flaked stone for cutting and scraping tools, 2 million years ago. Homo erectus 1.6 million years ago, 6 feet tall, brain up to 40 oz, hunted mammoth, reached Java and Peking. Neanderthals, brains larger than modern humans, by 300,000 years ago. Modern human, taller, slender, weaker, smaller brain than Neanderthal, by 50,000 years ago. Neanderthals extinct by 30,000 years ago. By 25,000 years ago, all continents are peopled except Antarctica. Dogs domesticated by 14,000 years ago. Iraq, 8,000 B.C. World population explodes to 5 million. If world population was 10,000 after Tova erupted 72,000 BCE, average population increase was 0.01%/yr for those 64,000 years. By 7000 BCE, city-states were on the Euphrates and the Nile; Jericho had 2500 population on 10 acres. 2728) Sumeria, first high civilization, on lower Euphrates by 5000 BCE: irrigation. World population may be 85,000,000 average 0.07%/year increase since 8000 BC. Two worlds: settled, literate, technologically-advanced city-dwellers; tribal nomads, no agriculture, no writing.
From the very beginnings up through WWII (anything after would fill a whole other book on its own with the advancement of live media), this is one hell of a read for any history nut.
Each section usually starts off with the dominant civilization and then checks in with the other major and minor cultures. He definitely biases a bit towards the west in terms of detail, but he does cover Asia and Africa with more coverage once they start to interact with western powers.
It works as reference & in a cover-to-cover read.
Isaac Asimov was a Russian-born, American author, a professor of biochemistry, and a highly successful writer, best known for his works of science fiction and for his popular science books. Professor Asimov is generally considered one of the most prolific writers of all time, having written or edited more than 500 books and an estimated 90,000 letters and postcards. Clarke, was considered one of the "Big Three" science-fiction writers during his lifetime. He penned numerous short stories, among them "Nightfall", which in 1964 was voted by the Science Fiction Writers of America the best short science fiction story of all time, a title many still honor.