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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.


Posted By Confutus

I have been working on getting the analysis of recent events caught up to the present, but at the rate of progress, it seemed likely to take the rest of the year to get caught up.  I decided to skip the analysis and at least get the raw material. The next update should be caught up to the present, meaning no more than a week behind. 


I have also resumed work in connecting periods of history, at a somewhat slower pace than what I was doing last June.  There is more to history than current events, so I am making room for prehistory, antiquity, and classical and medieval history to have reviews of how they have progressed.


Posted By Confutus

While working on prehistory and antiquity, I decided it was time to start making the connections between periods of history, which led into working more on classical and medieval, and modern history. This slowly morphed into a more thorough review of all the connections, and for these periods of history, I started making more into connections of culture and anthropology, such as geography and demography.  When I had gone through history, I decided to move on to Sociology and peoples of the world, and review their connections to history.

Most often, when I have reached this point, I decided to skip over things lightly and go back to history, but not this time. Instead, I am using this as a means of developing history. The focus has principally been on the more recent periods; Modern history, the 20th century, the early 21st century, the early 2011s, 2001, with each of these connected in slightly less depth so far. This is another version of  the "bridge" idea I had.

As a byproduct of this focus, I have achieved one of the goals I had been working toward: Making links from the early 21st century, and late 20th century, to specific individuals. Some of the short, brief,  biographical sketches are several years old and were last updated in 2004, which is an embarrassingly long time ago. 


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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