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This video lecture examines the problems with the grand narrative of Western Civilization and how this can affect the teaching of global history. History and civilization did not start in ancient Greece and the video suggests that economically dominant civilizations also tended to be culturally dominant. Recent discoveries show that much of the cultural invention traditionally credited to Greece actually arose in the Nile Valley civilization of Egypt. Until at least 1,000 BC and possibly until the Era of Alexander in the 3rd century BC, Greece absorbed Egyptian culture and innovation through Egypt’s domination of trade. This video discusses the issues of the western narrative and examines how best to teach global history from different viewpoints.