Squash and pumpkins first domesticated in Mesoamerica. By this time, corn, potatoes, manioc, beans and turkeys are domesticated in the Americas. Today, only about 10% of that forest remains; much has turned to desert.
Iron weapons rapidly replace bronze and become common throughout Europe, the Fertile Crescent, Egypt, and elsewhere.
The feminine-friendly Minoan civilization on Crete collapses, as does Mycenaean civilization not long afterward.
This essay was partially intended as an antidote to nationalism, and I believe that it gets the point across, and continuing to chart the decline of the American Empire holds little interest for me, as I am after bigger game and only have so many hours in a day and years in a life.
Large mammals become extinct in South America, which was not covered in a continental ice sheet.
Agriculture collapses in central Mesopotamia due to soil salination. The anti-feminine culture of ancient Greece develops, known as Greece’s “dark age.” Women are gradually excluded from public life.
Although male gods dominated Greek mythology, women were also present, if subservient.
By the time of Jesus, Etruscan culture was almost completely absorbed into Roman culture.
Greek resistance to Roman rule leads to the complete destruction of Corinth and the sale of its inhabitants into slavery. The Roman Republic begins expanding across Europe, northern Africa and the Middle East. Eventually, hundred of thousands of Rome’s citizens received free food for political reasons.
This is the beginning of the High Middle Ages and height of the Medieval Warm Period.
Northern and central Europe, especially the Germanic lands, engage in great age of deforestation, making way for civilization, clearing about a third of the forest in a couple of centuries, and up to 75% deforestation by the end of the medieval era. Christian conquest of Toledo, which introduces European scholars to the ancient Greek writings via Islam.
It is partly a historical document of what it was like to live in those times, and was rather dated in ways in 2014, when I revised it.