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Posted By Confutus

No, i didn't finish working in antiquity when I finished connectiong nations back to it. What this did was clear the way so that I could start connecting more. 

For the 5th millennium BC, connecting Iraq was personally satisfying. For some time, study of ancient Mesopotamia had been one of my various minor intellectual interests. This piece of the grand puzzle of Ancient history is now in place.  Connecting Saudi Arabia also raised  a question that has been niggling at me for some time. Although there have been attempts to locate the original homeland of the speakers of proto-Indo-European languages, I have seen very little information about where the original speakers of Semitic languages came from. Was it Arabia? Did this become desertified like the Sahara, about the same time? I will have to set this question aside.

Connection of more nations to the 4th millennium BC didn't involve anything quite so interesting. I am most interested in neigbors to Sumer and predynastic Egypt, the closer, the better.

Jumping ahead to the 18th century, I filled in some gaps in my knowledge of Ireland. I knew about the Great Potato Famine in the mid 19th century, but I hadn't realized there had also been a severe famine about a century before that. I've never paid much attention to Irish history. I had bits and pieces that I picked up here and there from various reading, but I hadn't tried to sit down and put them together. Now, I have a little bit better structure for it.  British rule of Ireland was not particularly just or benevolent.

I'm also working on updating the Site map. There are quite a few aids pages that haven't made it in there yet: the last time I had worked on that was last November. I was horrified by how badly I had neglected it.  It looks like I'm going to have to reorganize it again, History is especially fat.


Posted By Confutus

The last time I did an update was on May 8.  The various developments I have been talking about here have been to the "working copy" I keep, not the published version of the SKB that appears on the web. I finished the reverse connection of nations to antiquity, and decided it was time to do an update, so the last couple of months of development are now visible, and the various changes I have been making are now visible.  



Posted By Confutus

I'm nearly done with the reversal of nations of antiquity, and have considered several of the nations of Asia for the 5th millennium BC. The 4th millennium BC is also mostly done, and the rest of antiquity has been examined.

Posted By Confutus

I'm still working on making the connections from nations to periods of antiquity. Starting from a base of the 5th millennium BC, I've entirely rewritten the antiquity section  for Afghanistan and Turkey. Other nations are also being connected, and I've finished the reversal for the early first  millennium BC.


I've also been connecting types of society to nations in order to provide examples. These connections are fairly weak at present, since I still quite a few  lot of details of nations to add, but I'm making progress.

Posted By Confutus

Progress has been slow in my review of antiquity. I'm still involved in reversing the connections of nations. The review of Germanic peoples was disappointing: I found some information on the possible origins of Germanic-speaking peoples in about the 2nd millennium BC, but nothing at all on older inhabitants of the region. Russia was even more barren of useful information. It is probably available, but not from a quick Google search.


The reverse connection of classical and medieval times to nations is now (finally) done, and I have done a little extension of the periods to a few more nations. One of the objectives is to get Greece connected, since I can scarcely work on classical history without it. I've got it linked to early medieval history: getting close.


With Modern history, I finally have Portugal linked to the 16th century, so I can, at least in principle, start looking at the Western expansion of nations. In practice, not quite yet.


I've also been looking at the expansion of social structure and change and connections to nations. This seems a promising area of inquiry, but I'm also inclined to be careful. For various reasons, I still need to finish my current review of antiquity.




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