Monthly Archives: June 2016


As I have been taking another pass through late medieval and early modern history, I have been giving more detailed attention to the major peoples and nations. This has meant, first of all, a broader discussion of religion. For religion in general, I am including more references to the elements of government. Specific religions, such as Christianity, Islam, and Buddhism, are getting an introduction to the major nations associated with them. Particular nations such as China and India are getting references to the particular religions. I am trying to put these in order of importance (as determined by references to them in the historical outline), but this is an imprecise process. There are some that get skipped over at first, but for the larger nations, they will get included anyway sooner or later.
It also means a connection to government. I do not yet have detailed studies of international government or specific national governments, but getting samples from the major nations is a start.
I am also starting to make connections of particular nations to more details of economics.


Or inchworm. I’ve added Dar es Salaam to the list of cities. I had vaguely remembered it being in Ethiopia, but no, it is Tanzania. (not too far away).  For early classical history, I have more references to India, Indonesia, and Brazil. Late classical history has references to Pakistan and Nigeria. The 16th century has more references to Russia, Bangladesh, and Japan. The 17th century has reference to Mexico and the Philippines. The 18th century has references to Vietnam and Ethiopia.  I have also extended connections to Mexico City and New York City into earlier periods, Social structure and social types, and religious organization have been extended back. The interaction of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam in medieval South and Southeast Asia will be an important set of topics when I can get to them. Christianity is more or less waiting on the wings, since this approach is still weak on medieval European history.


I actually don’t have much to say about Xiamen, China, or Kuwait City, except that I have added them to the list of cities that I am considering.

I’ve been extending history back into the past. For early medieval history, I have notes on India and Indonesia; Late medieval history has Brazil, Pakistan, and Nigeria. These seem to be a bit tedious, but there is always the possibility of connecting more social mechanics and religion to these periods.  The 16th century has Russia and Bangladesh; the 17th century has Japan, Mexico, and the Philippines; the 18th century has Vietnam and a number of countries bunched together.


In my current development scheme, I added the city of Ankara, Turkey, and learned that it is or was also called Angora, and is the source of Angora goats, rabbits, and cats.  This goes in the category of trivia, for the moment. For modern history, I have separated out Anglo-Australian peoples from the general mass of Anglic peoples.  For the 20th century, I have been concentrating on adding cities. I have finished connecting details of human geography to the 20th century. For the early 21st century, I am also working on cities. For the late 2000s, I have now connected this to enough nations that it is the best connected of the 5-year periods.

Western Civilization needs some thought, since my latest of its history has reached the early 2000s, which are unevenly developed.   I have extended summaries of Chinese history back to the 1st century BC, which includes the Han dynasty; India back to the 9th century CE. Many of the various Indian empires and nationalities of this era had were located in parts of the country, so I will need more cities in order to do the geographic approach. I have  Indonesia back to the 11th century, which is well before the period of European contact.  Pakistan is back to the early mid 16th century or so, within the period of the Mughal empire,  and Nigeria is back to the late mid 16th century.