The Xenophile Historian Sitemap, Revisited

 

It occurred to me that because this blog is now nine years old, most of those reading this have not seen the site map for The Xenophile Historian website, which I posted in the blog’s earliest days, back in January 2007.  Also, it is out of date because of all the content I have added since then.  Therefore, here is an updated site map.  It is not an XML site map, like the type Google prefers, but one with links to everything I want you to see.  Hopefully you will find something you will enjoy, that you didn’t know was there already!

 

THE XENOPHILE HISTORIAN SITE MAP


Main Folder

Index/main/front page.
FAQ.
 My Theory of History.
About us.


The Genesis Chronicles: A Proposed History Of The Morning Of The World

Index page.

Chapter 1: The Evolution Revolution
Chapter 2: "The Heavens Declare the Glory of God"
Chapter 3: Theories on the Origin and Development of Life
Chapter 4: Evolution and the Fossil Record
Chapter 5: The Truth About Cave Men
Chapter 6: Why God’s People Should Reject Evolution
Chapter 7: Creation
Chapter 8: Adam and Eve
Chapter 9: Ten Generations
Chapter 10: Noah’s Flood
Chapter 11: After the Deluge
Chapter 12: The Fall and Rise of Civilization
Bibliography
My Biblical Chronology, From Adam to the Exile


A Biblical Interpretation Of World History

Book page.

Chapter 1: Overview (sample chapter)
Map Gallery: The maps used in the text
Piclist: A list of the illustrations and maps used in the text


A General History Of The Middle East

Index page.

Chapter 1: The Land Between The Rivers (3000 to 1792 B.C.).
Chapter 2: The Chariot Age (1792 to 930 B.C.).
Chapter 3: The Early Iron Age (930 to 627 B.C.).
Chapter 4: The Neo-Babylonian Empire (627 to 539 B.C.).
Chapter 5: The Persian Empire (539 to 336 B.C.).
Chapter 6: The Age of Hellenism (336 to 63 B.C.).
Chapter 7: In The Shadow Of Rome (63 B.C. to 226 A.D.).
Chapter 8: Zoroastrians, Pagans, And Christians (226 to 570).
Chapter 9: The Islamic Explosion (570 to 750).
Chapter 10: The Arab Golden Age (750 to 1055).
Chapter 11: Saracen And Crusader (1055 to 1212).
Chapter 12: The Mongol Terror (1212 to 1405).
Chapter 13: The Ottoman Era (1405 to 1798).
Chapter 14: The Challenge From The West (1798 to 1914).
Chapter 15: Setting The Stage For Today’s Conflicts (1914 to 1948).
Chapter 16: The Arab-Israeli Conflict Since 1948
Chapter 17: The Mother Of All Trouble Spots, Iran And Iraq Since 1948
Chapter 18: The Rest of the Middle East Since 1948
Bibliography
A Timeline of the Ancient Near East


A Concise History Of India

Index page.

Chapter 1: Ancient/Classical India (before 600).
Chapter 2: Medieval India (600 to 1500).
Chapter 3: The Mogul Empire and the British Raj (1500 to 1906).
Chapter 4: Recent South Asian History


A Concise History Of China

Index page.

Chapter 1: An Introduction to Chinese History
Chapter 2: The Development of Chinese Civilization (before 255 B.C.).
Chapter 3: The First Chinese Empire (255 B.C. to 220 A.D.). Chapter 4: The Zenith of Chinese Civilization (220 to 1279).
Chapter 5: Mongols, Mings and Manchus (1279 to 1911).
Chapter 6: The Nationalist Years (1911 to 1949).
Chapter 7: China Since 1949
A List of the Emperors of China


A Concise History Of Korea and Japan

Index page.

Chapter 1: The Formation of Korean and Japanese Civilizations (Korea Before 668, Japan Before 710).
Chapter 2: Medieval Korea and Japan (Korea from 668 to 1637, Japan from 710 to 1603).
Chapter 3: Closed and Open Societies (Korea from 1637 to 1910, Japan from 1603 to 1912).
Chapter 4: The War-Ravaged Years (Korea from 1910 to 1953, Japan from 1912 to 1945).
Chapter 5: Northeast Asia Today (Korea since 1953, Japan since 1945).


A Concise History Of Southeast Asia

Index page.

Chapter 1: God-Kings From the Far East (before 1500).
Chapter 2: The First Centuries of European Penetration (1500 to 1800).
Chapter 3: The West Takes Over (1800 to 1941).
Chapter 4: Nationalism Triumphant (1941 to 1957).
Chapter 5: The Second Indochina War (1957 to 1975).
Chapter 6: Southeast Asia Since 1975.


A History of Christianity

Index page.

Chapter 1: The Development of the Early Church (1 to 300). Chapter 2: Christ Conquers Caesar (300 to 600).
Chapter 3: Europe as a Christian Society (600 to 1000).
Chapter 4: The Age of Faith (1000 to 1500).
Chapter 5: The Reformation (1500 to 1648).
Chapter 6: The Church Goes Forth (1500 to 1725).
Chapter 7: New Denominations, New Opportunities (1600 to 1900).
Chapter 8: The Church in the Twentieth Century


A History Of Russia

Index page.

Chapter 1: Before the Russians (before 862).
Chapter 2: Medieval Russia (862 to 1682).
Chapter 3: Imperial Russia (1682 to 1917).
Chapter 4: Soviet Russia (1917 to 1985).
Chapter 5: Commonwealth Russia (1985 to 1999).


A History Of Europe

Index page.

Chapter 1: Pre-history and Forgotten History (before 200 B.C.).
Chapter 2: Classical Greece (1000 to 197 B.C.).
Chapter 3: The Rise of Rome (753 to 27 B.C.).
Chapter 4: The Pax Romana (27 B.C. to 180 A.D.).
Chapter 5: Decline and Fall (180 to 476).
Chapter 6: The West at its Lowest Ebb (476 to 741).
Chapter 7: The Viking Era (741 to 1000).
Chapter 8: The High Middle Ages (1000 to 1300).
Chapter 9: Transition and Turmoil (1300 to 1485).
Chapter 10: The Age When Europe Woke Up (1485 to 1618).
Chapter 11: The Game of Princes and Politics (1618 to 1772).
Chapter 12: A Generation of Revolution (1772 to 1815).
Chapter 13: The Age of Industry (1815 to 1914).
Chapter 14: The Great War (1914 to 1919).
Chapter 15: The Great Intermission (1919 to 1939).
Chapter 16: World War II (1939 to 1945).
Chapter 17: A Continent Divided (1945 to 1989).
Chapter 18: Europe Today (1989 to 2001).


A History of Africa

Index page.

Chapter 1: The Original Africans.
Chapter 2: Valley of the Pharaohs (before 664 B.C.).
Chapter 3: Carthage (814 to 264 B.C.).
Chapter 4: Africa in the Classical Era (664 B.C. to 641 A.D.).
Chapter 5: The Trading Kingdoms (641 to 1415).
Chapter 6: The Forest Kingdoms (1415 to 1795).
Chapter 7: The Dark Continent Partitioned (1795 to 1914).
Chapter 8: "Wind of Change" (1914 to 1965).
Chapter 9: The Independence Era (1965 to 2005).
A List of the Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt and the Kings of Ancient Nubia.
The Ipuwer Papyrus (Admonitions of an Egyptian Sage).
A Special Message for Cabinda.


The Anglo-American Adventure

Index page.

Chapter 1: Native America (before 1607).
Chapter 2: Colonial America (1607 to 1783).
Chapter 3: Pioneer America (1783 to 1861 [USA], to 1867 [Canada]).
Chapter 4: Industrial America (USA, 1861 to 1933).
Chapter 5: The American Superpower (USA, 1933 to 2008). Chapter 6: The USA Today.
Chapter 7: The Great White North: Canada Since 1867.
U.S. Presidential Elections.
The Black Muslims: A Special Feature.


A History of Latin America and the Caribbean

Index page.

Chapter 1: Ancient America (before 1492).
Chapter 2: The Age of the Conquistadors (1492 to 1650).
Chapter 3: A New World No More (1650 to 1830).
Chapter 4: Post-Colonial Blues (1830 to 1889).
Chapter 5: Uncle Sam’s Backyard (1889 to 1959).
Chapter 6: Contemporary Latin America (1959 to 2014).


A History of the South Pacific

Index page.

Chapter 1: Of Lands and Seas, A Prehistoric Age of Exploration (Before 1500 A.D.).
Chapter 2: Terra Australis Incognita (1500 to 1781).
Chapter 3: Pulled Into the Modern World (1781 to 1914).


Beyond History

The Holy Book of Universal Truths, K.U.P. (Kimball’s Unauthorized Perversion)

Index page.

Chapter 1: Words of Wisdom from Various Sources (smart quotes)
Chapter 2: Some of My Favorite Stories
Chapter 3: Political Commentaries
Chapter 4: Essays on Various Topics
Chapter 5: They Really Said It (dumb quotes)
Chapter 6: Stuff That Won’t Go Away
Chapter 7: Netiquette
Chapter 8: Observations on the War on Terror
Chapter 9: Just For Fun
Chapter 10: Secrets to Success

The Ever-Growing List of My Favorite Links.

My Download Center.

Don’t Environmentalists Have Respect for Native American Achievements?

You certainly think they would, since they are leftists.  Apparently Greenpeace doesn’t, because they set up one of their messages next to one of the more famous Nazca drawings in Peru, and it looks like the footprints and tire tracks they left getting to the site have damaged the monument.  If you want to discredit the cause you’re supporting, here’s how to do it!

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And here is the article:

This Greenpeace Stunt May Hare Irreparably Damaged Peru’s Nazca Site

For me, this struck home because three years ago, I wrote about the Nazca civilization, for Chapter 1 of my Latin American history project.  Of course I wanted to put in a picture showing an example of the Nazca lines, so I went to my books and scanned a picture of the very same formation, the “hummingbird geoglyph”:

Considering that the lines are more than a thousand years old, I didn’t think the picture would go out of date this quickly!

Are You Pinterested?

I have had an account with Pinterest, the famous picture-sharing website, for a year of two, since I learned that pictures from The Xenophile Historian are being “pinned” there.  It gives me an idea of what’s popular on the site.  Currently it looks like the picture of Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau dancing behind the Queen of England’s back is very popular indeed.

 

 

Anyway, here is a link to The Xenophile Historian board:

http://www.pinterest.com/source/xenohistorian.faithweb.com/

 

Earlier this month I decided to pin as many pictures from my website as possible, to increase traffic.  So far I have put up 289 pins, on three boards.  One board is for African history, one is for East Asian history (India, China, Korea, Japan and Southeast Asia), and one is for European history.  And much more will be going up in the near future; I haven’t gotten to the picture collections for the Middle East, Russia or the Americas yet.  Click on this link to see them for yourself:

http://www.pinterest.com/charlesskimball/

The Holy Grail Has Been Found . . . Again

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Back in the 1970s, before he became an archaeologist, my favorite author, David Rohl, had a progressive rock band with his college buddies. Called Mandalaband, they stayed together long enough to produce two albums. Then after publishing his fourth book, "The Lords of Avaris," David revived the band, and they have made two more albums since then. The most recent album, "A.D.: Sangreal," came out in 2011, and has 15 songs about how the Holy Grail got to Spain. Is this the same grail? If so, this is not really news.  After all, long-time readers will remember the time some two and a half years ago, when I bought and reviewed the album.  I guess this is a filler story, now that interest over the missing Malaysian airliner is now fading.

Holy Grail Allegedly Found in Northern Spain

What’s Good About Florida

I have shared with you the weird things about Florida, my former home state, on pages like this one.  And the funny stuff never seems to stop coming.  The latest I’ve seen are the signs on a veterinarian’s office in Eau Gallie, a suburb of Melbourne on the Space Coast:

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Still, there are reasons why Florida is about to overtake New York as the state with the third highest population.  While I’ve never been a fan of The Huffington Post, I enjoyed this article that lists 23 of Florida’s good points:

23 Reasons Florida Is Quite Possibly the Best State in America.

Would you believe it, the author even listed the offbeat news stories as an asset, for their entertainment value.  I can think of a few other reasons that weren’t in the article, but I guess it is too much to expect a liberal publication to praise low taxes.

The Long Night Is Ending

It’s not actually over yet, but the end is finally in sight.  After not having worked a day in the last twenty-three months, I have been offered a job in my field.  It will be at least two more weeks before I can start working again, so I will call this month "Dawn."  The sequence will be as follows:

April to June 2012:  Twilight.  Back then I had hopes that this spell of unemployment would be short.  At the time it looked like I would soon get another assignment in Connecticut, or find comparable work here in Kentucky.

July 2012 to February 2014:  Night.  The worst part; the less said, the better.  After I interviewed for the new job, I was asked to explain what I’ve been doing since I got back from Connecticut, and I ended up writing a two-page paper entitled "My Lost Years."

March to April 2014:  Dawn.

Anyway, the phone call came this morning, at exactly 8:45 AM.  I’ll admit I answered it with a bit of trepidation; it is legal for strangers to call as early at 8:00, but for better or for worse, it is usually important when somebody calls before 9:00.  It was the company I interviewed with in Richmond, KY on March 11, informing me that I got the job!  Because the human resources manager was out of town last week, this must have been once of the first things he did upon coming back in the office.

The only thing is, they’re not sure when I can start.  He said the earliest date is April 7, but it will more likely be on the 14th.  It depends on how long the background check and drug test take.  I told them I only traveled out of state for three short trips last year (to Baltimore, Oklahoma and Georgia), and haven’t eaten a poppy-seed bagel in months, so I trust both can be done quickly and without a hitch.

p.s., I haven’t forgotten that a lot of other Americans are dealing with long-term unemployment.  The recession/long night for the nation is by now means over yet, and the essay I wrote last year about a coming dark age is still valid.  Stay tuned for the next episode!

p.s.s., How appropriate that all this is happening at the beginning of spring, and when my home town’s favorite basketball team is doing so well!

Night Fright

A bit of news regarding the family pet.  When I came into the kitchen this morning, I noticed quite a few seeds and other small bits of trash around Brin-Brin’s cage.  That’s normal for parrots in the daytime—after all, in the wild, scattering seeds is how how birds plant trees—but it’s not supposed to happen in the night.  When I looked in the cage, Brin-Brin’s largest toy, a chain of wood and rubber blocks on a string, was on the bottom of the cage in two pieces, and so were most of Brin-Brin’s tail feathers.  Brin-Brin was on his perch like usual, but he certainly wasn’t in a good mood.

Leive and I figure that Brin-Brin had a bad dream, bumped into the toy, and both parrot and toy came crashing down.  When sleeping birds suddenly thrash about in the middle of the night, it is called a “night fright.”  Fortunately it doesn’t happen often, because we put a night light near the cage.  Coincidentally, last night I had a bad dream, too.  I dreamed I went to a science fiction convention at a hotel and lost my glasses there.  The good news is that everything was all right once I woke up.

I remember how Chico, the cockatiel we had in Florida, had a few night frights.  The worst one had us scared; he was bleeding from a broken feather, forcing an emergency trip to the vet to have the feather pulled.  That prompted us to buy a larger and safer cage for him.  Brin-Brin is okay, because he didn’t bleed from the feathers he lost, but now he only has one tail feather left, so he doesn’t look very presentable.  My brother Chris is coming to visit at the end of this month, and Brin-Brin won’t have time to grow his tail back by then; hopefully Chris will be understanding.  The picture below is a rerun from 2008, showing how Brin-Brin looked on a happier day.

Come on, Brin-Brin, eat hardy and grow some more feathers!

Pea Snow?

I told readers about it in the earliest days of this blog (January 22, 2007), when I encountered sleet for the first time.  Now I have just encountered another form of precipitation I never saw in Florida.  No, not oobleck; I’ll be sure to let you know about that.

This morning I looked outside to see pea-sized pellets all over the front and back yard.  They looked like packing Styrofoam (the little round kind, not Styrofoam “peanuts”), so for a minute I wondered if somebody had dumped a load of the stuff on my property.  I went out and touched it, and it turned out to be made of snow; they melted to the touch.  However, they weren’t cold like you would expect, if they were made of ice.  Over the course of the morning, they melted in the backyard and on the patio.  In the front, they lasted longer, because the front yard gets more shade.  A few lasted until late afternoon, in spots where the sun never shone.

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Above is a picture from the front yard, at 2 PM.  I don’t know how well you can see the pellets; they’re the white dots.  There weren’t any at the top of the picture, where sunlight had arrived.

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Now here is a close-up.  I placed a dime there so you can get an idea of the size of everything.

They’re not ice, so we can’t call them hail.  They’re too big to be sleet.  What do we call this stuff?  Snow pellets?  Pea snow?  Not snow peas, that’s a vegetable!  Let me know what you think.

Last time I told readers that sound recordings of the lectures I heard over the weekend from Joel Richardson were going online.  Now they are available, so you can hear what I heard!  To download them, or just listen, go to

http://ekk-lex.org/joel.html

I haven’t had a chance to listen yet, so heads-up:  you’ll probably hear me in the first question & answer session.

44 Years After the Eclipse

This morning I was reading about all the trouble astronomers used to go through to watch the transit of the planet Venus across the sun, especially in the 1760s.  It reminded me of another rare astronomical event, a total solar eclipse, and how on this day, forty-four years ago, I tried to catch one.  For a year or two before March 7, 1970, I knew an eclipse was coming to the southeastern US, and it would be visible from Florida.  However, the sun would be 95 percent covered from Orlando’s point of view.  To see the effects of a total eclipse, the nearest place was Perry, a small town in north Florida about 200 miles away.

The Central Florida Museum (forerunner to today’s Orlando Science Center) offered a bus ride to Perry and back for $7 a ticket, so my mother and I went along.  We got to a field outside Perry a few minutes before the critical time, got out our equipment (mostly pinhole-camera boxes and layers of negative film), and waited.  Unfortunately the weather did not cooperate.  We happened to have an overcast sky that day, so clouds eclipsed the eclipse!  All we got to see was a dark shadow rapidly covering the sky, and then the sunlight coming in just as quickly from the same direction.  There hasn’t been a total solar eclipse near me since then.

Nikolaevsk, AK, Where Medieval Russia Has Survived

Are you impressed that the Amish can keep their seventeenth-century lifestyle in modern-day America?  Well, today I learned about a group that’s even more amazing.  At the end of Alaska’s Kenai peninsula, there is a village of 400 Old Believers, followers of a banned Orthodox Christian sect that fled Russia more than 300 years ago, and still live without too many changes from those days.  Equally astonishing, they weren’t left behind when Russia sold Alaska to the United States, but moved there in the 1960s or 70s, after life in China and Brazil didn’t work out for them.  I guess those countries were too different; at least Alaska looks like Siberia.  Finally, they managed to escape attention until recently; the rest of America simply didn’t know they were there.

 

By the way, I think the black-and-white footage of churches being desecrated came from Bolshevik persecutions of the twentieth century, not from Peter the Great’s campaign.

To understand why the Old Believers left Russia in the first place, here’s what I wrote about them in my Russian history papers:

Finally, mention should be made of an important controversy in the seventeenth-century Church. It all began in 1652 when the patriarch Nikon, perhaps the most brilliant man who ever led the Russian Church, declared he would reform its practices; he had been to the monasteries of Greece and was appalled at the divergences between Greek and Russian Orthodoxy. This was not a reformation in the sense of the one that created Protestantism; beliefs were never an issue here, only the way in which they were expressed. Among the changes Nikon proposed were:

1. Making the sign of the Cross with three fingers, instead of two.
2. Having outdoor processions face towards the sun, instead of away from it.
3. Spelling the name of the Savior Iesus in Cyrillic letters, not Isus.

These differences may seem trivial to us, but to the Russian who lived by ritual, they put one’s salvation on the line. Most Russian Christians refused to accept these changes, feeling that it was the Greek Church that was in error, not the Russian; furthermore, many felt that it was a sure sign that the Second Coming was near if the "One True Church" fell into error. Those who opposed Nikon’s reforms found a leader in the extremely pious archpriest Avvakum. The tsar, who favored the reforms, struck back savagely, equating resistance with both heresy and treason. Avvakum was exiled to Siberia, and later burned at the stake; his memoirs of his experiences are still emotion-gripping today. Nikon’s reforms were imposed upon the Church by force, but eventually Nikon himself was exiled because he was too independent-minded for the tsar’s liking. Those Christians who never accepted the reforms are called "Old Believers", and they can still be found in parts of Russia today.