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Ages of the Wheel Theory - Tar Valon Library
So, here is our theory at the way the Wheel of Time has gone:

1st Age - Due to the radiation and the hard times (we likely lose all technology), channeling is rediscovered and used. We do all sorts of strange things with it, including making Portal Stones. Since the world was pretty much destroyed, everyone forgot the old religions - including the existence of a Dark One.
2nd Age - Age of Legends. A new society and government is formed, replacing the one in the 1st Age.
3rd Age - Rand's time. The Dark One tries to break free and the Dragon Reborn prevents him.
4th Age - Stories, songs, and marginally accurate accounts of Rand are written. The Dragon Reborn is highly known.
5th Age - Something happened to Break the world again, changing the landmasses into what we know now. The people are reduced to tribes of hunter-gatherers, and knowledge is only preserved as stories. Channelers are the shaman and Wise Women of the various tribes and religions. This Age ends perhaps as late as 33 AD, with the death of the last channeler, Jesus.
6th Age - From 33 AD to perhaps 1700 AD. This is the medieval and renaissance times, with high society around, but little in the way of technology or comfort for anyone but the rich. This ends with the Industrial Revolution.
7th Age - Our Age, the Age of technology and no channelers. America and Russia get into a nuclear war, Breaking the world yet again, and ending the 7th Age.
wot  WheelOfTime  Ages 
july 2018 by fozbaca
Daniel Franke - Medievalism, White Supremacy, and the Historian’s Craft: A Response
Our colleagues in Holocaust studies, who have some experience in combatting false historical narrative without necessarily adopting critical theory to do so, tend to be clear-headed about the central importance of “getting the factual basis right,” as Christopher Browning has argued. This does not mean that historians should look at the profession’s history with an uncritical eye, but it does mean recognizing the complexity and contingency of that history, and the robustness of the historical method. Our professional survival does not depend on converting to a particular theory or methodology, especially at the cost of historical accuracy. To surrender accuracy and nuance, however good the cause may be, is to surrender the greatest tool our profession has to combat extremism.
Daniel  Franke  Middle  Ages  Medieval  Historiography  Whites  Structural  Racism 
december 2017 by dbourn
Medievalism, White Supremacy, and the Historian’s Craft
As in the 19th and early 20th centuries, nationalist and racist discourses are now being fueled by a toxic nostalgia for nonexistent eras of ethnic homogeneity. Fears that “innate” European or “Western” identities are being threatened by immigration are heavily indebted to false narratives of some preternatural ethnic purity rooted in medieval European soil; anti-immigrant rhetoric evokes the “barbarian invasions” of a Roman Empire depicted as ludicrously monochromatic. We therefore wanted to ensure that the modern categories of race, ethnicity, and nationalism would be placed within a deeper historical context. We also wanted to showcase recent scholarship on the ways that ethnic differences were described and experienced in the premodern world, and to address current historical and scientific methods that are being used to identify and differentiate among peoples of the past. Above all, we wanted to warn against the potential misuses of this research in new pseudo-scientific racist discourses.
Middle  Ages  Medieval  History  Historiography  Race  Racial  Formation  Racism  Europe 
november 2017 by dbourn
Paul Sturtevant, Smithsonian Medievalist and Public Historian
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I am a public historian who focuses particularly on the popular understandings of the Middle Ages. In particular, I study the influences upon those understandings (especially in popular culture), as well as how perceptions of the past influence ideas about the present. This can be quite wide ranging-- for example, ideas about Chivalry can be linked to contemporary ideas about gender roles, class, or even racial and national identities.

The way most typically I accomplish this is by using social sciences methods-- especially interviews and surveys. I love applying social-sciences methods to my work-- it is very satisfying to gather evidence which is often surprising, and which often leads me to very different conclusions than might be reached by purely theoretical examinations of the topic.

Much of my previous work has focused on the depiction of the Middle Ages in film and television and the degree to which that influences public ideas about the past (and, I argue, vice versa). I am currently working on my first monograph. However, I am looking forward to expanding beyond the media and looking at education, public and political discourses and other factors which make up our engagement with the past.

I am also the founder of The Public Medievalist, a weekly web-magazine for those interested in medieval public history.
Paul  Sturtevant  Smithsonian  Public  History  Middle  Ages  Medieval 
october 2017 by dbourn
The Public Medievalist: Jews, Anti-Semitism, and the Middle Ages
You might wonder why, in a series fundamentally about race, we are discussing Jews. We are discussing them because the Jewish experience in the Middle Ages—and the oppression that the Jews faced—was instrumental in the formulation of how race is understood today, not just for Jews, but for all races.
Jews  Medieval  Middle  Ages  Historiography  Anti-Semitism  Race  Racial  Formation  Structural  Racism 
october 2017 by dbourn
The Public Medievalist: Race, Racism, and the Middle Ages
In February, 2017, The Public Medievalist inaugurated a new special series of essays on one of the thorniest issues surrounding the Middle Ages today: Race, Racism, and the Middle Ages. Issues of race lie at the heart of our understanding of the medieval world; racists—even within the ranks of the academic medievalist community—have, for far too long, warped our understanding of the past. And considering the recent uptick of overt prejudice, hate crimes, and politically sanctioned racism in the US and Europe, this series seems particularly timely and necessary.

The series is currently ongoing.

The goal of this series is the same as the overarching goal of The Public Medievalist: present cutting-edge scholarship that explores these issues with depth, nuance, and complexity, and do it in as accessible a manner as possible. We hope that you find these essays thought-provoking, enjoyable, and useful.
Middle  Ages  Medieval  History  Historiography  Race  Racism  Racial  Formation 
october 2017 by dbourn
Uncovering the African Presence in Medieval Europe
In order to claim that the Middle Ages—and Christianity—were implicitly “white” requires you to ignore or erase huge swaths of history. One of those is the entire history of the black African Christian Kingdoms that thrived in northeast Africa during the Middle Ages. Some of these were the kingdoms of Nubia. we do know about a significant African presence in medieval Rome in the 15th century. Beginning in 1402, multiple Ethiopian embassies arrived throughout Europe (notably in Spain, France, and Italy). This contact was sustained—by the 1480s, the church of Santo Stefano degli Abissini was built/restored in Rome specifically for Ethiopians to use (one seventeenth century writer dates this donation as early as the 1160s!). This established a permanent, dedicated place of worship for visiting Ethiopians and the burgeoning Ethiopian community. We don’t know exactly how many came, nor do we know all of their names and stories. But the overall point that black Africans were present and accepted in medieval Europe—especially later medieval Europe—remains.
Africa  Blacks  Medieval  Middle  Ages  Europe  Race  Nubia  Roma  Italy  Afro-Italians 
september 2017 by dbourn

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