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The first 30-40 turns always does it for me - claiming the land, discovering other civs, choosing your tech path, battling lions, and so on.
Gary Grigsby's World at War is another entry in this genre, and it may be the first to actually fill the bill as a simulation of grand strategy of the second World War...
Crown of Glory: Europe in The Age of Napoleon is deep enough for both the empire builders and budding generals.