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I don't know if i am allowed to post such question however i want a e-book or a site where i can start to understand the civilization and how it started. i mean i know a lot of ancient historic information but i am not sure if its correct. does the Mayans and the Aztecs lived in the north america ? does the vikings and Celts lived in the region of England ? is it true the Phoenician reached the north of america ? why Rome empire fall ? why Arab empire fall? why the Mongolia fall ?.. does the Egyptians took the pyramid architect from the aztecs ? or coincidence the discovered the same geometry?
I am seeking for a e-book or a site where briefly talk about civilization.

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"The Times Complete History of the World" by Richard Overy is the most comprehensive, authoritative and accessible work on world history available today. The book has all the answers you want and, therefore, there you can also learn how to capitalize "i" and how to capitalize any first letter of a sentence: "a", "b", etc. –  user2237 May 18 '13 at 23:57
    
@Carlo_R. you should just write the answer. This Q is already mildly off-topic due to the kind of solicitation of discussion that it makes. –  New Alexandria May 19 '13 at 4:08
    
Not strictly a history book, but you may enjoy Jared Diamond's Guns, Germs, and Steel. I certainly did and it won e.g. the Pulitzer Prize. –  Drux May 19 '13 at 6:53
    
Wikipedia is probably the most comprehensive, accessible, and affordable work on general history that you're going to find. –  Joe May 19 '13 at 8:32
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Is there a commonly-accepted book or a site that explains the history-of-everything?

No. Nor will there ever be one. The reductionism required to explain "everything," even if we limit that to the physical remains of cultural records of humanity plus the textual remains of humanity, no. To make such an account fit within the 300-900 page limit of most books would require a summary tone that would reduce the "records of the past" to mere finger puppets for the author's ideological position.

However, there are books that try anyway, and provide something of a "pastiche" or a "whistle-stop" account of how first world westerners view reality. Admittedly here you're getting first world westerner ideology, rather than records of the past, but the better kinds of this text cite their sources or provide a bibliography for further reading.

Most "World History 1" textbooks will cover this. As will the wonderful "Cartoon History of the Universe" Parts 1-3.

Such surveys aren't real history, however. They should be treated like encyclopaedia articles as the first aid to research, not as the end point.

I am seeking for a e-book or a site where briefly talk about civilization.

You want an archaeology text book, giving that civilisation (the living in cities) predates literacy.

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