David Christian, the main exponent of “Big History”, can tell an “origin story” of the Universe with mere eight thresholds based on a single criterion. This criterion comes from Physics, not History: it is called complexity.
I learned about “Big History” when wondering how to begin studying History (the “little” one). I had decided to begin in 1789, following the example of the famous Eric Hobsbawm’s series. I had already bought all four volumes, so I convinced myself it made sense for someone like me who wanted to grasp the present and not indulge infinitely in the idiosyncrasies of the past.
Nope. Not for me.