When I was at school I was taught a very biased version of history. In it progress ended with the fall of the Roman Empire in the 5th century and began again with Leonardo Da Vinci in the 15th century, which is nonsense.
I wrote a little history of Dominican Republic. Its a poor country but its economy is growing quite strongly. In particular tourism is expanding and there is reason to be optimistic about the future of the country. www.localhistories.org/dominican