There is a volume that may have what one describes with some sort of linear history of events over the last 3 millenia or so, with more detail in the 6 or 8 centuries, and has parallel lines from Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas. I have copies of pages stored somewhere. The title is something like "The Encyclopedia of Man" (or Mankind) or the Encyclopedia of Knowledge.
I've read a few (rather biased) papers regarding the "evolution" of historical facts. However, I've never taken the time to gather history texts regarding the same events together to make a comparison.
To respond to Astronuc, I don't think the place matters as much as the time frame. The original discussion was US History (in the other thread regarding schoolbooks).