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Posted By Confutus

  That is, the third-level subdivision of history on the knowledge base has been  pushed all the way back to where I am beginning. Most of these finer divisions are stubs without much connected to them, but they are so far a convenient size to think of.

   In another sense, my study of prehistory is just beginning.  I have reached the point where I can begin making notes on cultural change, specifically the transition from largely nomadic hunters and gatherers to settled farming communities.

   For antiquity, I'm not quite there: I'm still working on making connections to what I call the agrarian revolution, or the development of civilization.

   For classical and medieval history, mostly I'm connecting the major subdivisions to parts of culture.

   This process of linking is nearly done for the centuries of modern history. For now, I am looking at the 20-year periods of the 20th century.


    I have also been making more links among the major nations; the dozen or twenty most populous, and the peoples I have assigned them to. This will eventually help when I go to fill in details of their history, because for each nation, I have been attempting to list the connected nations in the order of proximity or major cultural influence.


Posted By Confutus

I've done one of my usual shifts of direction. I had mostly got caught up with current events, and decided that I needed better connection between other areas of the knowledge base, so I stepped away from current events to work on connections between other areas.  Institutions, Culture, and Anthropology are now better connected to each other.   This prompted yet another review of history, and I have been working on prehistory, antiquity, and classical and medieval history.


One of the difficulties with history at the general level is that I need to divide the Balkan peoples into subgroups before I add more nations, and to divide the Balkan peoples into subgroups requires that I make more interconnections with other nations.  However, I have decided that  I need to do this for Germanic and Northeast European peoples first.  Since this is rather tedious and repetitive, I do it in small bits and pieces, so it's fairly slow going.


Prehistory is moving ahead. This is beiing connected to major periods of history, or rather, the major periods of history are connecting to it.  I have been working from this period to expand Northern East African peoples and to examine the Agricultural (or Neolithic) revolution.  For late prehistory, I have begun creating stubs for each half-millennium.


Antiquity is also being examined. This is likewise being reconnected to later periods of history, and used to prompt examination of  Mesopotamian peoples and Persian peoples. The subdivisions are being connected to the institutions.


Classical and Medieval history is also being connected and used to prompt examination of Italic peoples. Its subdivisions are being connected to culture.


Modern history is so thoroughly connected at the most general level that I am more interested in the individual centuries,  which are also being connected to culture.  I expect to be cycling through history, adding a few more links each time through, for a while yet.






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