Scandinavia and the World

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From the 700s to the 1200s, Baghdad was an Intellectual Cent 29 9, 3:17pm

@TuxedoCartman AD 15: Rome and China are the heights of civilization. Nice try, though.
Back ANOTHER 1000 years.... 985 BC: (North) Africa (and China) are the heights of civilization. North Africa has been the big boy for a good while, sees the Iron Age and decides it's cool if they only put in token effort this time around.
1985 BC: Africa is goofing off, Middle East is still going strong. China is, as usual, doing extremely well.

European colonialism was pretty terrible. Don't forget the thousands of years of African piracy and enslavement that predated it, though. Everyone has something to feel bad about.