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Posted By Confutus

Although is has often been tempting to begin with prehistory and work forward, I find that that it is more useful to begin with recent events and work backward in time,  gradually adding background, although it is more useful to present it from the beginning to the end.


In order to make a reasonable presentation of history, I find it necessary to add nations and gradually expand the coverate of historical periods to dover more of them. I am starting to add Egypt and Germany. The connections of nations to finer and finer division of history has progressed to where March 2013 is connected to the United States.


I am also probing deeper into social movements,  particular religions, and government. Eventually hese various investigations willl come to a point, although it is not yet clear where or what is it.


Posted By Confutus

For the history of the world, I am mostly attempting to expand the coverage to more nations and peoples.  The addition of Vietnam to nations considered results in expanding Southeast Asian peoples with the Philippines and the introduction of Southeast Asian Island peoples with Indonesia. Adding Mexico City to cities means moving Seoul to Asiatic peoples and Tokyo to Oriental peoples.  Particular social changes and movements, school systems, and chemistry are also connected.


Classical and medieval history is expanded to make use of African peoples.  Modern history with the addition of Mexico now makes reference to Northeast European peoples and South American peoples, and social types.


The 20th century now refers to Bangladesh. The early 21st century now has reference to Africa. The early 2010s now refer to Brazil, which means in turn that Anglic peoples, Middle American Indian peoples, and North American Indian peoples are connected. Economics is also connected. 2013 now has reference to India and Oriental peoples.


I added Ethiopia, and various other nations are now connected to nations in general and to communities, which will prepare the way for connection to other nations and peoples.


Posted By Confutus

Modern history in general still needs connection of more nations and peoples more than anything else. The 16th century, 17th century, and 18th century have had fairly minimal progress. I began more detailed connection of the 19th century by creating a page for the late 19th century. The 20th century has more detailed connections. The early 20th century, early mid 20th century, and mid 20th century have fairly minimal connections. I began consideration of the late mid 20th century with addition of a page for the late 1970s. The late 20th century is better described with addition of the early 1980s, late 1980s, early 1990s, and late 1990s. The early 21st century is also a little better developed, but I made minimal progress in developing the early 2000s, late 2000s, and early 2010s.


Posted By Confutus

I hve only touched on these this time through. For antiquity, I now have one of the subdivision pages. I don't have enough nations or peoples for a balanced approach yet, and institutions are not yet fully connected.

Classical and medieval history is a little better, but I still don't have enough peoples for a well balanced approach. The subdivisions are in place and I now have summaries of the major developments of classical and medieval times, but details are still lacking.

Posted By Confutus

Almost a month into the redo of the Sapience Knowledge base, I now have all 5 major divisions of history sketched.  The most useful of the aids will be national histories, grouped into the 4 major groups of peoples. Communities and social structure and change aren't yet very useful, but are at least connected.  


It appears to me, as I consider history, that the role of religion is often neglected, in spite of it having a pervasive influence on society, and so I will be giving some attention to it. Governmental and political history, including the history of wars and rulers, seems to get the most attention. I consider this an important part of history, but only part. The application of economics to history gets some attention. Family history is comparatively neglected.


I usually begin a pass through history with prehistory and then proceed to other areas. Most of what we now know of prehistory has been discovered, or rediscovered, with the development of archaeology in the 19th and 20th centuries. I eventually want to review this, working backwards from the early 21st century, but I don't yet have a good enough review of recent developments.  I also want to link to peoples of the world, but for this, I need to examine antiquity.




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