In the review of prehistory, I got to the point where the connections of modern history are down to the current year. I have found that in the analysis of particular weeks of current events, there are occasional references to current discoveries that pertain to prehistory, antiquity, and classical and medieval history. and I consider that it would be a useful exercise to include references to these whenever I can find them. As I have reviewed the application of other history to antiquity and classical and medieval history, these aren’t quite up to the same point, which shifts the emphasis of my connections a little.
For antiquity, I have nearly all the connections to nations and cities, and I can begin a review of the peoples of the world. However, I find that in order to make much progress with this, I should finish reviewing the history of Asiatic peoples.
Much the same is true in classical and medieval history: I need to review the history of Western Civilization as I have outlined it.
My knowledge of the content is improved, as i have worked France back into early classical times, England into Roman times, Italy and Italy into the early medieval period.
For modern history, I am working through a review of how social mechanics is applicable. This is underdeveloped enough that I will soon want to give more attention to it.
I have reviewed the history of sociology enough that This is subject to the same process of improvement through the examination of weeks of recent history. Peoples of the world are being reviewed. Nations still have a way to go in connecting to cities, but cities are fully connected to nations. Social mechanics at the general level is making good progress at connection to nations.
This is, of course, the problem of finding a catchy, attention grabbing title for fairly routine work.
The addition of a page for May 2017 and its linkage to other history and a few other topics took up most of a day’s work.
For classical and medieval history’s review of the application of Asiatic peoples, I have the basics of Oriental people, with the next topic coming up is seeing how the regions and cities of China have been developed since I looked at this last.
Going through centuries of late medieval history has brought progress to the history of Italy, which I felt was rather badly neglected in my history of Western civilization class so long ago.
I am almost done with a review of how South American Indian peoples apply to modern history. There really isn’t much substance to this until I get more of the local history of the countries of South America.
Although the connection of months of 2016 creates plenty of links to 2017, there isn’t much substantial content to it yet.
The latest progress that seems worth reporting is that I have extended the review of how peoples of the world apply to history to Latin peoples. I have separated out the application of Middle Eastern peoples to Classical and medieval times. I have extended France back into early classical times, England into early medieval times, and Italy into late medieval times and the Renaissance. I have also begun a review of how American Indian peoples apply to modern history. I note in passing that I want to add enough cities to Mexico to separate it into regions and examine the native peoples in more detail. I am pleased with the progress of the quarters of the early 2010s, although this is mostly rather remedial. For most of two years, I didn’t do regular updates of current events, so I have a large gap to fill in.
Most of what I do in constructing the SKB is focused on small connections. Every once in a while, I get to step back and review the bigger picture.
History in general depends on getting an overview of peoples of the world, and I am currently going through another review of these. This isn’t really adding much, since I have done it so recently, but small bits help.
For prehistory, I still have quite a few nations to connect. Antiquity is close to having the nations all connected; then I need to connect more cities. For classical and medieval history, I have done a review of Turkish, Persian, and Egyptian history. The smaller nations are not yet as well developed. For modern history, I am going through a review of African peoples. I still don’t have much detail on the colonial era, but that will come eventually. 5-year periods of the 20th century are getting more summaries, although these tend to involve the larger Asian nations, and not yet the Western European nations that still tend to be the main drivers of world events.
Most of the periods of modern history aren’t revealing much detail at present. For the 20th century, there is more detail in the 5 year periods. I have started putting in summaries based on the largest nations that have been separated out. These don’t always have the most important world events, but there are now enough to give something of the flavor of a 5-year period, and in future passes, these will include more.
I started on another cycle through classical and medieval history. There isn’t a great deal of recorded history for Thailand in late classical times, and I am not willing to rely heavily on archaeology at this point. I had more of an interesting time with France, and extended this back through Charlemagne. I studied this, once upon an ancient long time ago, in a course on the History of Western Civilization, so this was a refresher. I have taken Britain back to the 12th century, just before the Black Death, and Italy to the early mid 16th century, South Africa to just before Dutch colonization, and South Korea back to almost the Manchu invasions of the 17th century. It has taken much longer than I expected to get back into the late medieval history of Western Civilization, so this has been some welcome progress.
I hadn’t quite intended to do another review of how peoples of the world apply to history in general quite so soon, but I have made a little progress. The review of Asiatic peoples in modern history has been encouraging enough that I want to try it. I have also finished connecting cities to classical and medieval history, and have begun a review of Asiatic peoples. The work I have previously done on this period in Egypt and Persia is starting to appear in the summaries. For modern history, I have finished the review of Asian peoples and I am now beginning a review of African peoples.
I also hadn’t intended another review of the history of sociology so soon, since the last one was excessively tedious, but it seems appropriate. I have been connecting nations to cites and cities to nations; not much to comment on there. I have also finished connecting social mechanics to cities, which (according to my development scheme) will let me resume connecting to nations and peoples, which is something I very much want to get to.
For Institutions, I am connecting more nations in preparation for the next round of reviews of peoples. There isn’t a whole lot to comment about.
For quite some times, I have been noticing a need to add more biographical entries to the knowledge base. That need finally rose to the top, so I sat down and added stubs for about 50 individuals. Once these are better connected, I expect them to give more color and life to the various periods and topics they are associated with.
I have also been expanding the summaries of how nations and peoples apply to modern history. Today’s work has been mostly with Oriental peoples and Southeast Asia.
Every once in a while, an ordinary effort pays bigger than expected dividends. I’ve added late medieval history for France, the 16th century for the United Kingdom, most of the 17th century for Italy, and the 18th century for South Korea and part of it for South Africa.
I just published a major update to the SKB on Monday, which has all the actual content I’ve been rambling about for the past six months. I really need to do these more often.
Also, the semester started at BYU-Idaho. I’m taking two classes: An introductory orientation class, and a “Teachings of the Book of Mormon” class which is a requirement for graduation.
My transcripts have all been evaluated and credits assigned, and I’ve changed the major from an AS in General studies, to the Bachelor of Independent Studies, with a concentration in Family History Research, with clusters in Entrepreneurship and Web.