I know, I have been away from this blog for nearly two months. A lot has happened here in the real world: two days when the snowfall exceeded ten inches, the coldest day in my lifetime (-18 on February 20!), doing my taxes, another post-season where the University of Kentucky Wildcats made it to the Final Four in the basketball playoffs (the fourth time this has happened in the past five years), and three guests staying in my house over the past week.
Also, I have been composing a new history paper since the rewrite of Japan and Korea was finished, exactly two months ago. This time it is Chapter 1 of my new South Pacific history series. You remember how I once said it is my job to fill in the gaps other historians leave in our knowledge of the past? Well, now I am filling in one of my own gaps; I gave you Chapter 2 last December, without giving you Chapter 1. Since then I have remembered a funny bit Bill Murray did on Saturday Night Live many years ago. He was supposed to review the movie “Chapter Two” and he said, “What happened to Chapter One? I think anyone who sees Chapter Two without first seeing Chapter One has to be a jerk.” Which naturally led to the next movie he was going to talk about, “The Jerk.”
Now I have corrected that omission by finishing Chapter 1. Called “Of Lands and Seas, A Prehistoric Age of Exploration,” it covers the history, or should I say pre-history, of the South Pacific, from whenever the ancestors of the Australian Aborigines showed up, until 1500 A.D. The topics covered are named as follows:
From Sunda-Land to Sahul-Land
Early Austronesian Migrations
The Polynesian Expeditions
The Tu’i Tongan "Empire"
The Easter Island Mystery — Solved
Or if you missed Chapter 2 and want another chance to read it, click on the link below:
As with my other history papers, I hope you enjoy reading my latest one as much as I enjoyed composing it!