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.