World History Lecture Improvements

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Some items to be sure to include:

  • an example or two of Aesop's Fables
  • more on the history of democracy
  • more discussion of the origin of language
  • the history of the English Bible, including discussion of King James I, with reference to Bible sales annually
  • more detail about the Spanish Inquisition
  • more detail about Galileo
  • how virtually Christians agree on the contents of the New Testament, and on the Nicene Creed
  • introduction to term list
  • incorporate material from Essay:Conservativism, Christianity, and the Making of the Western World, focusing on the development of thought
  • include references to history of mathematics and mathematicians [1]
  • how different China and India are, but how together they have perhaps 8 times the population of the U.S.
  • how the development of China and India's economies supposedly affected the value of commodities like oil.

More Current Events

  • economy - outsourcing jobs
  • economy - price of oil

More Bible history

  • When the books were written (example of Esther)
  • Dead Sea Scrolls
  • Split of Israel due to its civil war (draw analogy to American Civil War)
  • date of translations of Bible

More on Development of Ideas

  • paucity of humor in ancient world
  • concept of zero, and more mathematical history
  • concept of invisible hand, and more economic history
  • concept of democracy, and more political history

More on history of language

See http://i-cias.com/e.o/cuneiform.htm .

In 1611, the publication of the King James Bible had a powerful effect on the development of English. It established a framework of knowledge of the English language, and a basis for future development of words at a rate of about 1000 words per year (in modern times). See Essay:Best New Conservative Words.

English is unique among world languages in its ability to incorporate and adapt words from other tongues.

Kulturkampf, a word developed in 1879, means the conflict between civil government and religious authorities with respect to the appointment of church officials and education.

kremlinology, a word developed in 1958, was the study of the bizarre and byzantine practices of the communist Soviet government

The period of Modern English is from the 1500s to the present.