Hi again my good friends.
Before any discussions get started about why certain things were included when there are things which were more importantly excluded.
This has been a very difficult episode to get through, as the bulk of the era research had way too much information to get shaped in a sane amount of time.
There were my issues with French colonization, the Chinese, the Japanese and the rest of the orient, not to mention Canada, Australia & New Zealand, as well as the Middle East and Africa. The volumes of historical information for this planet are terribly intense and for weeks I suffered through trying to decide how to get the story done without disrespecting anyone.
So if anyone feels slighted in any way, please accept my humble apologies. Simply, we all live on this planet so in a way everything that is covered affects all of us.
I am at the moment considering adding a series of appendices to cover historic portions which could not be included in the grander story.
I literally changed the Isolation by Nationalism subsection five times during the course of the last two weeks, another reason for the delay in getting this out. I really wanted to build a complete and inclusive coverage of the era but it could not be done fairly or evenly across the board.
What’s the deal with the anthems and no narration?
By the time I reached this section, it became obvious to me that it would be ultimately easier to just let the anthems and visuals tell the story. Besides, it would have been disrespectful for me to yak over such fine pieces of these works.
Let’s face it, nationalism is a touchy subject. Just look at the sports teams.
WTF were you thinking by ending with the French National anthem?
In all honesty this was more from guilt than anything else. Originally I was going to end with the current Russian National anthem, but then seeing where this was ending up it would have been kind of creepy building to the American Revolution immediately followed by the Russian anthem. I mean, that would have been mistaken for a statement and there wasn’t one, not really.
The last edit I made from this section was the French colonial enterprises – all of them. But make no mistake, the contribution by French explorers within the Americas is just as important to the story as a whole. So again, out of guilt for the edit, I found this gorgeous recording of their anthem and hopefully this nod will keep everybody happy – for the time being.
And now the fun begins
If you think Exhibit 8 was a little ambivalent, wait until you see what’s on tap for the next episode. This chapter has 10 times the volume of information than Exhibit 8 had, and trying to get through it all under a 3-hour episode will be both painful and confusing, for me anyway.
Here are just the highlights from the outline, so do the math folks:
The Revolutionary War
Western American Manifest Destiny
The American Civil War
WW’s 1 & 2
Atomic & Hydrogen Bombs
Explosion of the Middle East wars
And this is just the historical points, for which there are yet many more which fill in the gaps between each and every one of these.
So having my work cut out for me, I suppose I better get back to work 🙂
Cheers – Brian