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  #237 New August 5th, 2020 03:01 PM
A lot to think about these days, between the Chinese Flu, continuing mob action, defunding the police and law enforcement in general, taking down statues, and of course, rewriting history to be politically correct.

Being an historian, it is the last the bugs me the most. How are they going to write the influence of white European males out of history? Sub-Sahara Africa never got beyond tribal groups, nor did they make it to even the Bronze Age, as no metal smelting. Forget shipbuilding. As for the prior immigrants to North, Central, and South America, they did not reach copper or iron smelting, did not develop the wheel, and had limited coastal shipping. The Pacific Northwest tribes did have some large dugout canoes, courtesy of having access to some of the largest trees on the planet, while the coastal tribes in western South America did have some good size balsa wood rafts. Thor Heyerdahl, with the Kon Tiki, demonstrated that the rafts could make a one-way trip to Polynesia, probably by accident. One group, from somewhere, did make it to Easter Island.

The Chinese did have one bout of exploration, but then retreated back into basic isolation from their perceived "inferiors" while the Japanese did not do a whole lot. It was the Europeans that kept stirring the pot, and finding areas new to them. They also had the surplus population to colonize the newly-found areas. The Reformation definitely helped that along.

i wonder how they will deal with Catherine de Medici and the St. Bartholomew's Day massacre of the Huguenots or the activities of "Bloody Mary" of England. Then there is the staggering number of slaves taken by Julius Caesar in his conquest of Gaul. For that matter, how are they going to deal with the fact that a lot of history covers the forcible acquisition of one group's territory by another. Spain is a classic example, from the Carthaginians on to the Spanish Civil War. I hate to think about what they might try to come up with, but it is going to disappoint them a lot.

Tomorrow, the A-Bomb, the 75th Anniversary of the drop.
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