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Posted By Confutus

Dis I forget to mention that I put a round of updates up on the web?  A couple of weeks ago, actually.


I keep intending to blog more regularly on what I'm doing, but I keep forgetting and putting it off.

I might note that I've been doing more with the 18th century. That's mostly gone through Latin America, but Latin America isn't connected to as many nations as the 19th century is. The 19th century is advanded to the Middle East, for the the 20th century I am starting to work through Africa.  For details of the late 20th century, I'm also working in Latin America...I was in Bolivia for two years from 1978 to 1980, so the names of the leaders from 1981-2000 were mostly familiar...several of them were recycled from the previous 20. I've allso managed to get far enough through the late 2000s that I can begin to resume work  on current evens of 2010 again, and I have about three months of stuff to catch up on as current events progress.


One of the reasons i have to keep backing off this is while I can connect historical periods to nations, I also need to look at the same events from the national perspective in order to make a story, and I had not been doing this. I;ve been working heavily on reviewing the existing nations before I go adding more new connecttions. 

I'm not entirely done with reviewing nations for connections to peoples: Nations of Western Civilization and Asiatic peoples are working through Africa, and it;s mostly happenstance that the 20th century is at about the same point.  I'm trying to make notes on some of the nations about where I am in, and what should get developed next.


I might mention that I finally have my provinces and cities for China sorted out. For an overview, there is North Central china (the Yellow River Valley, mostly), South central china (the Yangtze River Valley, mostaly, Southern Coastal China, Southern (or western) interior china. Northern China is between Russia and Korea, and Inner Mongolia, and far Western China (which includes the Gobi desert and Tibet), and two or three large cities each for the four most populous regions.

Communities are being linked to external source files (mostly wikipedia, for now), and I've managed to get through Western Civilization and asiatic peoples. Africa has fewer large cities to deal with, Social structure and change is fairly early in the process of connecting nations, and these connections don't go very deep.


There is also progress on the major institutions, which are approaching connetions to African peoples (again). I had been working on connections to religion, government, and economics, and though that economics was presenting the biggest obstacle to going deeper, but no, it's religion. I have about 40 nations of Asia to connect to that before I can proceedd on to government and economics in a reasonably orderly fashion.  Also, the connections to these are shallow. but I've known that for some time now, and it's one of the things i wanted to improve this year. 


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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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   Latin American 19th century isn't going to be quite as bad as I anticipated. I made it through Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean without major mishap.  Most of what I did today was farily routine and small, except that I cleared a restriction on starting to apply social structure and change. This won't get very far until I get through the higher ranking areas that are blocking it, but it is a nice bit of progress.

   As I was going through Central American history, I came across a note that one of the countries welcomed immigrants, as long as they supported the national government and joined the Roman Catholic Church.  It reminded me of how recent (in historical tierms) true freedom of religion is, in historical terms, and that many peoples of the world today still do not have it.


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Modern history has now been applied to all the nations and peoples on the list, at least in a general sort of way. That means, of course, that I can now move on to something else.

The 20th century has been applied to Western Civilization, but there are a whole lot of nations that aren't Western, so it will be a little while yet before those are covered.  The 21st century is so far only applied to Anglic peoples.  I almost dread this part, because I know so little of Latin American history, especially in the last ten years or so, and I don't want to skim througn it too fast.  I've had my head in a bucket so I'm a bit short on what I know of detail of the last five years in this country.  Going back a bit further to the early 2000s, the late 20th century are areas where addition just doesn't go smoothly because of these hang-ups.  The 19th century is another horror show with wars, revolutions, and petty dictators scattered all over Latin America that it's going to take a week or few to even halfway sort out. Going back to classical and medieval history means tackling the Middle East.

Well, there's always the sociology section for consolation, right? Not really. Oriental peoples are up next, and couple of weeks back, I had addition of communities reach a critical point to provoke division of China. I set that aside, since it involved creating a bunch of stub pages for provinces of China, and then grouping them into a few regions as I've done for the United States. Now it's time to go back and finish that job.  Shortly behind it is making sure that nations are connected to other peoples, and it's again, Asiatic nations that are up next.  And then there is setting up cross-connections among nations, which puts me back into Latin America.  Somehow, I'm just not quite up to studying Western Civilization any more this week. The project of adding external links to cities and beginnint to apply social structure and change is going, again, to Asia.


Well, what about the institutions, which have been nagging me for years now? That's right, those are knocking on Asia, and if I get  more specific and look at religion, there's Latin America again.


So that's what's coming up. Where would you like to go?


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Sometime progress seems so slow that it feels as if I am trying to push through an overgrown thicket or ball of which distributes my various efforts in a hundred different uncooordinated and fairly unproductive ways.   I find myself going back to an old idea of trying to identify the areas where the resistance because I don't know enough is greatest and developing those.

To a considerable extent, this is because I have linked all kinds of historical periods to nations, but not developed much content for those nations. The program of going back and adding some historical content to the pages for nations is still working.

I don't have much progress in Prehistory, Antiquity, or classical and medieval history to report, since these are not all that heavily demanded. 

There is more progress in Modern history in general. This is being applied to African peoples. There also hasn't been much progress in the 16th to 18th centuries. For the 19th century I have more notes on Italy and France, In the 20th century, a review of the Balkan peoples is giving a more concrete picture of what was going on than the vague, fuzzy notions I hade. The late-mid 20th century of Italy and France has also improved a little.

Sociology hasn't been well applied to nations. Working on this has involved slight improvements in re-ordering the topics of sociology, which should help improve the flow of discussion, so far mostly within Western Civilization.  Peoples of the world also haven't been well applied. These are currently being used to develop Latin peoples. For several of the larger nations, I have had a program of connecting nations, and using these to form regions which  can then be sorted to identify regions of closest contact, on the theory that the immediate neigburs are usually (but not always) the largest influences. This has been most successfully done for the Anglic peoples. Not all the nations that are considered part of Western Civilization yet link back to it.

In Anglic peoples, this has gone far enough that I have cross-connected areas. It is no great surprise that these link back most heavily to the United States. What is more surprising is that the US is not itself more closely linked to other nations. considering its size and influence, I had proceeded some ways on this before turning my attention to other areas, but I thought I had gone further.

I finished the project of creating external links to nearly all the nations, but I skipped over cities when I was doing that, so that's also in progress.

I am starting to apply the social institutions to particular nations. This isn't too useful just yet, but it will be when I start getting deeper into details of religion, government, economics, and the like.





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