Obviously all countries have played a role in history, even if it was only in their own country or the surrounding area but there are some countries that have made history and their actions have had effects over far wider expanses of our planet. Although it could be argued that perhaps the Mongols or the Vikings should appear on this list, I consider them more the actions of individuals opposed to countries. With that in mind, here is a list of what are probably the top 10 most historical countries in the world:
Location: Central Africa
If it wasn’t for humanity starting, we wouldn’t have a history. Although it is known that human life started somewhere in this region 6 million years ago, it is not certain exactly where. I will go along with the growing popular belief that human life first started in the area now known as Chad.
Location: South west Asia
As Persia, Iran was at the center of Islam’s golden age from the 9th lasting through to the 11th centuries and had a great influence on the world.
Location: Asian Sub-Continent
Civilizations had permanent settlements in the Indus Valley as long as 9,000 years ago and India has seen the birth of several religions including both Hinduism and Buddhism.
Location: South West Asia
History calls this land Mesopotamia and it is here that civilizations such as Sumerian, Babylonian and Assyrian lived. Also known as the ‘cradle of civilization’ writing, math, science, philosophy and law, all originated here.
Location: North Africa
Enriched by the River Nile, these land of Egypt was unified in 3200BC and successive dynasties of Pharaohs successfully ruled over the land in semi-isolation for nearly 3,000 years. Only in the 7th century AD was Islam and the Arabic language brought to Egypt.
Location: Southern Europe
This is the country that was the birthplace of democracy, political science, drama and of course the Olympic Games. It was also the founder of western philosophy.
Location: East Asia
China was home to one of the earliest and longest lasting civilizations. Its written language system is not only one of the earliest but also the longest continuously used one in the world
Location: North America
A new comer to the world stage, as the most powerful country in the world and the most influential, it certainly has made its mark on the modern history of our planet.
Location: Western Europe
In the 19th century AD, this was the most dominant maritime and industrial nation, introducing the concept of world wide trade. At its peak the British Empire encompassed one quarter of the planet’s surface and two thirds of its population.
Location: Southern Europe
The Roman Empire set the stage as to what Europe would become and although after the fall of the Roman Empire Europe entered its dark ages, Italy once again emerged as the leader of the renaissance.