After finishing a round with the mid 20th century, I have gone back to developing the early modern times. In the 17th century, probable the dominant nation in the world was the Ottoman Empire. It had far-reaching effects and relations with Germanic peoples, Balkan peoples, and Northeast European peoples, and throughout the Middle East, into Central Asia and South Asia, and I will be continuing to examine it future periods.
The last few days I have mostly been working through early modern history, including the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries. Although I have some interest in the colonial history of the United States, In world terms there were greater developments elsewhere. I need to look at Latin and particularly Hispanic peoples, and at Middle Eastern history, particularly in the Ottoman empire. This had important connections with Germanic, Russian, Persian, and Indian history. I have noticed that cities are severely underdeveloped, and that religion and government are also rather underdeveloped. I am inclined to take a peek back at antiquity and classical and medieval history, but not to get too involved. Rather, looking forward I need to look at 5-year periods starting in the mid 20th century.
My outlining has more countries in the early 20th century, early mid 20th century, and mid 20th century. I have major events in the United States, Spain, Germany, and Turkey to serve as landmarks for more detailed observations, with mentions of the World wars and the period between them. It will take another pass through these periods to get more details of them. In the meantime, more details of religion, government, and economics are starting to emerge.
My resolution to do a daily blog post went the way of many of my resolutions. I’m going to try to pick it back up again. I’ve been doing historical background in modern history, at the twenty year period level. Outlining of the background for my story has reached the level of particular nations in the late mid 19th century and late 19th century. The American Civil war and the closing of the western frontier are notable events, but I still have expansion to do. Today I am working on an improved summary of the 20th century, after which I will start digging into the particular periods.
I have made progress in my Knowledge base by connecting modern history, economics, and education, behavioral culture, and conceptual culture to periods of history at the century level. Family studies, particular groups, and material culture are well underway.
I’ve been contemplating a historical fantasy for some time now, and I’m almost to the level of detail to begin serious outlining. It appears that I’m going to have to work my way backward from the present after all.
Happy Independence Day (and Fourth of July, too).
In spite of riots, cancel culture, and Wuhan coronavirus, I believe in the United States of America.
“The Man must be bad indeed who can look upon the events of the American Revolution without feeling the warmest gratitude towards the great Author of the Universe whose divine interposition was so frequently manifested in our behalf.”
—George Washington: letter to Samuel Langdon, September 28, 1789
So I don’t just thank the signers of the Declaration of Independence, who were brave and honorable men in spite of their flaws and foibles, but the God who put a desire for freedom in their hearts and the idea that all men are created equal under Him in their minds.
“God has a special providence for fools, drunkards, and the United States of America.”
― Otto von Bismarck
It comes to my attention that I am working at cross purposes with myself. On the one, hand, I am working from the beginning in prehistory forward, and on the other, from the present back. It’s no wonder that progress is slow. This is highlighted by the fact that while recorded history depends on documents for source material, archaeology depends on artifacts, Whichever direction I work from these are hard to get to.
I use this as a shortcut reference to the types of evidence available for early and middle prehistory. Bones, as in fossil remains of human skeletons, and stones, as in stones that show evidence of having been formed into tools. Most of the references I have for early prehistory are in the “bones” category, but as I work forward into middle prehistory, “Stones” become more important. This should be no great surprise. Since bones are organic material, they are subject to all sorts of processes that degrade them, and it is fairly rare that conditions are right for them to be fossilized. It is also fairly uncommon for the rock layers in which fossils can be found to exposed at the surface; they are often either buried under later deposits, or have been eroded away. Stones are more durable.
To continue my investigations into early prehistory, I found it necessary to broaden the interconnections of African peoples, Asiatic peoples, and Western civilization. These are now done sufficiently that I can move on to the next stage. For Africa peoples, I now have connections to African cities and communities. The next step will involved connecting stone age developments to the various peoples of the world, There aren’t many cities that can be reliably traced that far back.
In sociology, social mechanics, social change, I am working with particular changes and movements back through centuries of antiquity. These include stone age developments, the agricultural revolution, agrarian developments, and the industrial revolution. Each of these will be subdivided further. For now, since I am interested in beginnings, In the 19th century, European archaeologists began to classify artifacts as belonging to the Stone age, Bronze age, and Iron age. The Stone age was further subdivided into the Paleolithic (Old Stone Age), Mesolithic (Middle Stone age) and Neolithic (New Stone age). The Paleolithic was subdivided into include Lower Paleolithic, Middle Paleolithic, and Upper Paleolithic, referring to the depth at which artifacts were found. There were regional variants. Outside Europe, Mesolithic is often called Epipaleolithic, and African finds are often labeled differently (Early Stone Age, Middle Stone Age, and Later Stone Age). Dating of cultures and cultural developments is only very approximate, and the various stone ages began and ended in different times and in different places. Most of these cultures and stages of development are only known through archaeology. I refer to those discovered and described by explorers and anthropologists, chiefly in modern times, as the historical Stone Age.