We can all agree that some countries have played a huge part in forming the human civilization as we know it today. Where would we be without Greek philosophers? And what about the spiritual riches of India and incredible Russian literature? It’s hard to pinpoint which country has influenced the world the most, that’s why we compiled a list of the biggest trend-setters in human history. Some of them were aggressors, while others were more focused on the development of the individual. Together they’ve created the world we see around us today.
The Roman Empire was huge and played the key role in what we call today “The Western Society”. Our culture, laws, religion – most of their roots go back to Rome. After Rome fell there was a period of darkness that lasted for around 1,000 years until the Italian Renaissance that was like a breath of fresh air for the whole western civilization.
Before there was Rome, there was Greece – truly a cradle of human civilization. Greek literature, philosophy, and political science are at the heart of all western cultures. There isn’t a country that wasn’t influenced by Ancient Greece! It is also a birthplace of modern democracy, as well as theatre, and Olympic Games that are still big all over the world.
Greece might have been one of the most influential countries in the west, but in the East India was one of the biggest trend-setters. The history of India dates back to the Indus Valley Civilization, the first urban culture in South Asia, which flourished around 2500 BCE. India introduced the Hindu-Arabic numeral system to the western world. It is also the birthplace of Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism, and Sikhism – religions that shaped many of the modern societies. India’s cultural and spiritual legacy is endless!