Section 1 for Where the History Comes From: Middle East and North Africa.
I chose this region to be first because, well, it was first. At least my limited knowledge of the world and all that seems to suggest that perhaps the first people were found in Ethiopia (maybe not technically North Africa but still...) and that the Fertile Crescent and Egypt are the cradle of civilization. So that is where I would like to begin. Conveniently, not only is the history deep and fascinating, but once I reach current events there is a lot to learn about as well. Should be a fun two months :)
In addition to the general history books I just received, I am going to ask around (aka ask you!) and do some research myself on books/documentaries/radio shows/museum exhibits/cultural events that I can leverage to get a rich learning experience. The first one I received is Warriors of God: Richard the Lionheart and Saladin in the Third Crusade.
If you know of any good sources or events please comment!!!
PS Here are the countries I am including in this list:
United Arab Emirates