Our third issue of BBC World Histories explores more vital stories, key issues and major players throughout our global past.
Seven experts tackle another of history’s biggest questions, asking whether empires have ever been a force for good.
Robert Bickers charts China’s path to dominance, examining the rise and rise of the modern superpower, while Bettany Hughes offers an insight into Minoan culture through its remarkable art and artefacts.
Elsewhere, we go behind the scenes of the 1986 Reykjavík Summit, looking at the talks which aimed to reduce nuclear weapons from both sides.
And Kira Cochrane recounts the extraordinary life of suffragist and civil rights activist Ida B Wells.
Plus, a visual guide to the ancient city of Petra, and a historical tour of the breathtaking Bolivian city La Paz.