The radicalizing experience of pursuing alternative energy woke me up to the extent that I created this website.This essay is not just an exercise in scholarship, but also tells what it has been like to be an American while my nation throws its weight around.Famine, war and disease accompanied the collapse of the Mayan population to perhaps a million before 1000 CE, similar to Fertile Crescent dynamics. Charlemagne tries to create a new Western Roman Empire, with a unity of church and state. Vikings begin raiding the British Isles, and some settle in France and become the Normans. Leif Ericson extends Viking colonization past Greenland settlements to North America, probably in today’s Newfoundland.They may have driven Irish monks from Iceland before them to North America.
That region’s people become the world’s greatest agricultural experimenters. It attained a peak population of several million, before its overtaxed environment failed to support the population.Hunter-gatherer lifestyle is increasingly unsustainable. Domestication Revolution begins in Fertile Crescent and the Americas. Migration wave of pastoral societies from steppe regions (generally between the Caspian and Black Seas) into the Fertile Crescent, India, and Europe.Wheat, peas and olives domesticated in Fertile Crescent. State bureaucracy and military establishment are developed. The Pacific Northwest marine-based culture begins fully developing, from southern Alaska to Northern California. Intense deforestation of the region from Morocco to Afghanistan commences.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.This is the beginning of the High Middle Ages and height of the Medieval Warm Period.