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Empires of the Word by Nicholas Ostler
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May 08, 09

An absolute gem of a book which finally gives a framework for understanding world history: who spoke what language when and where, not only on the streets but in the palaces and in the military. Once these tribal and cultural migrations are laid out clearly, all of history begins to make sense.

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