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Posted By Confutus

I have been reworking much of the "future" section, and now have it just about straightened out. The future in general and the near future had been connected to most of the nations in my nations list, but those weren't linked back to it. Adding in those links will be an ongoing project. Next month isn't quite in as bad a state, but it wasn't linked as far in the first place. The "Next week" page is a renamed version of a duplicate of June 2011, which is about when I last worked on the future, and still has more reference to past events than anticipaled and upcoming ones. I'm still working on cleaning that up. In order to keep up with current events, it's necessary for me to stay with the moving boundary between last week and next week.


I have made progress in analysis of the year so far, and I'm further ahead in connecting week 7 (Feb 11-18) than I was in connecting week 6 at this same time last week.  I'm not going quite as far or fast as I was in dividing up events among nations as I was a couple of months ago; I want to make more links to governmental and political affairs.


It's evident that events in the Middle East occupy a disproportionate share of attention in the news. I speculate that this is largely due to hidden religious influence, and the passion stirred by religious belief, especially when mingled with politics as it is in that part of the world.  But that isn't a firm conclusion, not yet, anyway.


Posted By Confutus

For my studies in early prehistory, I have finished a survey of the Middle East as far it is connected: I will need to add more nations and consult more specialized resources in order to add much.  I will be looking at South Asia next.  For Middle prehistory, I am doing more or less the same. For Late prehistory, I have been doing a review of Egypt, Turkey, Mesopotamia, and Persia to consider the origins of civilization. I expect to be looking at Arabia and North African next.

   I am also beginning a more careful study of Antiquity. For the 5th millennium BC, the early civilizations of Mesopotamia have drawn the most attention. I expect to broaden the scope a little. Working forward into the 4th millennium BC, I expect to be considering the Sumerians.  For other areas of history, I am continuing links to other topics.


Posted By Confutus

Still and again.

it seems that I committed the infelicty of focusing early prehistory on Africa, especially Eastern Africa, while I have focused middle and late prehistory on the Middle East, which interferes with my idea of a reasonably coherent account of the transition from hominid societies to modern human societies. The archaeological record as presented in various different countries is spotty and incomplete: some Wikipedia articles go into great detail regarding early and middle antiquity, while other treatments are sketchy or absent.   This seems to partly reflect the actual state of research, partly the filtering processes of different authors, and partly the state of development of the knowledge base: for instance, the histories of Syria, Israel, Palestine, and Jordan are notably not yet connected all the way back to antiquity. This is, after, all, one of the purposes of this knowledge base, to present such a cross-cultural examination of periods of history in order to to identify such gaps.  I do what I can. 


Posted By Confutus

I'm still only dipping my toes into the ancient Middle East, but it's been an area of interest for some time, and I've been putting off examining it until I had a better foundation. It's starting to work a bit better now.  For antiquity, I began stretching a but more into the development of religion.  For classical and medieval history, I had to connect several centuries to modern history, and back. That will clear the way for other developments.

Posted By Confutus

For the 20th century, I now have outlines for the Levantine countries...Israel, Jordan, Syria, Paletinian territories, and Lebanon. Since these have assumed such great importance in the last 70 years or so, I've finally gotten around to a rough sketch.  I'm most of the way through Latin America in the 19th century: It hasn't been as big and obstacle as I feared. However, in order to get to more detail, I need to tet this broken down by periods, and I'm not through the 20th century yet.  


I've made steady progress in connecting areas of sociology including peoples of the world, nations, and communities, and social structure and change to particular nations.  but nothing really liberating or noteworthy has come up yet. I'm getting closer, though.


Institutions in general are now connected to the nations of Western Civilization, which is one marker of progress. For religion in general, I'm making progress through the Latin peoples, which will also be liberating, but I'm not quite there yet.





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