I decided to backtrack for a while, working in prehistory and early antiquity. At present I am working in early classical times. This is being connected to the 16th century. In the Middle east, I have references to Egypt and Persia, although by the 3rd century BC Egypt was increasingly under foreign rule. In Europe, I have references to Balkan, Latin, and Germanic peoples, which gives something of a framework for studies of classical antiquity. I also have references to pagan religion, with developing references to Asian religion, which will be useful when I go into more detail in India and Persia. Particular governments and government activity are also connected, although not yet well applied.
I have been repeatedly working in the earlier periods of antiquity. The 20th century is now connected to the centuries of antiquity, although the historical development of archaeology in the century is too large a subject to handle easily. The 19th century is being connected, and during this period, Middle Eastern archaeology began to develop, whereas it had previously mostly been limited to Europe. I have taken information from the earlier (web) version of my Knowledge base to extend the history of Egypt back to the 30th century BC. I am working on Mesopotamian history as relevant, although since this has had less influence on modern history, I have a long way to go back from the 19th century. Middle Eastern cities are reasonably well connected. and I am connecting South Asian cities. I have Oriental peoples connected most of the way through antiquity, and I am now working on connecting Central Asian peoples. Balkan peoples are now connected most of the way through antiquity, and I am working on connecting Latin peoples. Although Balkan cities are not presently large enough to include in my city list, they were more important anciently and are being connected. Once the South Asian cities are sufficiently connected back, I should be able to resume attention to social change and types.
For particular religions, I am focusing on connecting Pagan religion through classical and medieval times. and the general topic of religious belief through antiquity. A more detailed study of religion may come when I have more specific nations and cities to considered. The topic of particular governments is well connected through antiquity, and government activity is being connected. The more detailed study of government will also come when I have more specific nations and cities.
Most recently I have been doing a review of modern history, and connecting more specific and smaller nations to it. I have also done a similar review of the 16th century. For the specific periods of the 16th century, I have not progressed much beyond the Ottoman Empire and Egypt. Although European exploration of the world was progressing, I don’t yet have details of specific nations. I have been doing more with connecting peoples to cities, and areas of social mechanics, and particularly to Abrahamic religion.
I started this one in the early 2nd millennium BC, and I have worked so far up to early medieval history. Going this far back has put new emphasis on Persian peoples as a division of Middle Eastern peoples, and on Balkan peoples in Western Civilization. Persia proper, or Iran, will start to get better connected: I don’t yet have specifics much further back than the 1979 Iranian revolution, but this will definitely fill out some big gaps in Middle Eastern history. I have long been wanting to get Latin peoples back as far as the Roman empire, and that’s finally happening. Getting more of Germanic peoples back through medieval times will also be helpful.
By the time I get to the early 21st century, I now have enough nations and enough information on the government leaders in this period that it is difficult to get a clear picture of what has been going on. This is more comprehensible when I break it down into 5-year periods. Such things as the US invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan in the George W. Bush administration, and the current leadership of Spain, Germany, and Egypt are beginning to appear. I am presently working on year-by-year accounts for the last 10 years, although these don’t have a lot of detail yet.
After another pass through history, I have an outline of the Ottoman empire from the beginning; at least the names of the Sultans. Tying this to the Seljuq Turks and the Byzantine empire of the late medieval period will take another pass. This has connections to Persian peoples, which are also not yet well developed. Egypt was at least nominally under the rule of the Ottoman Empire. I don’t yet have details of Western Civilization, although these are starting to develop. In particular, Balkan peoples were more prominent and important in early modern times than they became in the 20th century.
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.