The Xenophile Historian Newsletter, #18
( http://xenohistorian.faithweb.com/ )
Greetings once again to all my loyal readers! Charles Kimball is here, to give you the latest news on my world history website. It has been thirteen months since the last newsletter, a longer gap between issues than I ever permitted before. Therefore, the first purpose of this newletter is to let everyone know I am alive and well. In October 2010 I was laid off from the job that brought me to Kentucky, four years earlier, so for much of the past seven months, I have been searching for a new job to replace it. I have also been pursuing my Pre-Paid Legal business, because if I want to stay in Kentucky, I have more hope in that than I have in finding another job in the high-tech industry (Kentucky is known mainly for horses and coal, after all). Finally, I have been traveling out of town quite a bit since the last newsletter: Two trips to Oklahoma, one trip to Texas, one to Indianapolis, one to Florida, and two to Georgia. Most recently I have just been offered a job, but it’s in Danbury, Connecticut, so it looks like a new adventure is about to begin.
To begin on website updates, do you remember how last time, I went north to cover the history of Canada? Now I am "south of the border," working on a complete history of Latin America and the Caribbean. Last week, Chapter 1 of that new series went up. Called Ancient America, it covers the ancient civilizations that ruled parts of North and South America before 1492 A.D.: the Maya, Aztecs, Incas, and much, much more. I started working on this paper six months ago, and it took a lot of research, because all my books on the subject were out of date: archaeologists are making exciting discoveries about these civilizations every year.
This is not my longest history paper (Chapter 5 in my series on the USA was twice as long), but it may be the longest one I do for Latin America. After all, we are covering thousands of years here, from the ice age to the beginning of the Age of Exploration. Consequently, I divided it into three parts. The chapter is organized with the following subheadings:
Part I ( http://xenohistorian.faithweb.com/latinam/la01a.html )
The First Americans
Before the First Horizon
The Mysterious Olmecs
The Chavin Culture: Peru’s Great Leap Forward
The Paracas: Dream Weavers
Rise of the Maya
Teotihuacan, the City That History Forgot
Part II ( http://xenohistorian.faithweb.com/latinam/la01b.html )
The Moche: Masters of Clay
The Nazca: Lines In the Desert
The Magnificent Maya: The Early Classic Era
The Magnificent Maya: The Late Classic Era (includes subsections on Palenque, Copán, Tikal and Calakmul)
The Collapse of the Teotihuacan and Maya Civilizations
Tribes of the Caribbean
The People of El Dorado
Tiahuanaco, the City of the Altiplano
The Huari Empire
Part III ( http://xenohistorian.faithweb.com/latinam/la01c.html )
The Toltec Middlemen
Yucatan: The Maya Epilogue
Forerunners of the Incas
The Tepanecs and the Rise of the Aztecs
The Bloody Splendor of the Aztecs
The Inca Conquests
On the Threshold
I hope you like what you see. At the same time as I researched this, I also researched and composed a rough draft for the next paper (from 1492 to 1650), so I don’t think it will take as long to finish Chapter 2.
Two samples of Chapter 2 are also online already. One covers the career of Christopher Columbus, and the other discusses the so-called "Columbian Exchange."
That is the main addition to the site. So what else is new? I have uploaded pictures, footnotes and interesting stories, like I’ve done before. The stories include one of the nastiest and unluckiest princes who ever lived, a forgotten naval battle fought in Maine during the American Revolution, some Korean soldiers who were captured by the Americans on D-Day, the stupidest battle in history, and two amazing (and funny) things that happened to Haile Selassie, the last king of Ethiopia. Rather than repost links to all of those stories, I will direct you to a page on the website’s blog called "Odd History," where links to those stories and others exist:
I added so much new material to Chapters 2 and 4 of the African history series, that I decided to split each of those chapters into two webpages. I have learned over the years that keeping the pages small is easier on the eyes, browsers, and search engine spiders. Here is the first part of each of those chapters:
For the European history, I added material on Basil I & II, two outstanding Byzantine emperors. However, Basil II’s reign is evenly divided between the tenth and eleventh centuries, and 1000 A.D. is where I put the break between Chapters 7 and 8, so you will will have to go to both chapters for the entire career of "Basil the Bulgar-Slayer." I also added a new section to Chapter 8 about the nieces of Basil II, because they were kingmakers in their own right.
A lot of controversy surrounds the Biblical story of Moses. Who was the pharaoh that opposed him? Who was the "Kushite woman" that he married? Why is there so little evidence for the journey in the Wilderness? And where is Mt. Sinai? I wrote an essay to present my views on those issues, called "Concerning Moses."
To show how fast our culture is changing these days, I made a list of 39 things that were common in the year 2000, from ash trees to the Yellow Pages. All of them are now obsolete, or in danger of disappearing in the near future. Many of the items on the list, like VCRs, are younger than I am; that makes me feel old!
If you’re like me, you probably find airline travel really annoying these days. I won’t fly anymore, if I can drive to my destination. The worst part about air travel is the "gate rape" now done to even the most innocent passengers. For my thoughts on that, read "Airline Travel Isn’t Fun Anymore."
When I wrote the history of the USA and Canada, I said almost nothing about the people who live in the Arctic, called both Eskimos and Inuit. To make up for that omission, I added a section to Chapter 1 about how they got to Alaska, northern Canada, and Greenland, called "The March of the Inuit."
If you read "The Anglo-American Adventure," my series on the USA and Canada, you know it’s politically incorrect. After all, if you’re reporting the facts, that shouldn’t be changed when your opinions change. To show the difference between the PC (politically correct) and PIC views of American history, and to have a bit of fun, I posted "A Liberal History of the United States." Which history do you think is more accurate?
In February I was asked to give a presentation in my church, about the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. The PowerPoint file I made for that may be downloaded from
And finally, two new webpages that have nothing to do with history. In December I got my license to sell Pre-Paid Legal memberships in Florida. I wasn’t given clear instructions on how to do it, so it took me sixty days. To make sure that other Pre-Paid Legal Associates have an easier time, I wrote an essay entitled "How to Conquer Florida," and posted it on the website:
For those seeking success, I also wrote a commentary entitled "Don’t Catch the Wave, Get In Front of It!"
What’s next? I already promised a second chapter on Latin American history, and I have a few ideas on what will go into the third chapter. Then I really need to update the older history papers on the website. After all, history isn’t going to stop in places like Russia and India just because I covered everything that had happened up to the time those papers were written, and I have promised in previous newsletters to bring them up to date with 21st-century events. And then I plan to eventually compose history papers on Central Asia, and the South Pacific (Oceania). When I have done that, I can truly claim to have written about the rise and fall of just about everybody!
And that’s the website-related news from the past year. If you missed older issues of the newsletter and want to see them, they can be downloaded in a zip file from
http://xenohistorian.faithweb.com/download/index.html . And the links below go to topics I mentioned in previous issues, that are still valid. Please visit them, if you haven’t already:
The Xenohistorian Weblog, this site’s official blog.
My world history textbook, "A Biblical Interpretation of World History."
My Pre-Paid Legal website:
And my Blastoff Network webpage:
Take Care and God Bless,
Charles Scott Kimball