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About this Site

My subject is big: points in world history, philosophy, and current development (news). I'm biased toward empiricism and intend no conjecture, wishful thinking or fantasy. It's a good approximation of reality that I'm interested in rather than myth or defense of my point of view.

My site is now non-profit (no ads). I'm 85 and looking for someone interested in contributing to it and improving it.

Regarding verification, we no longer need to work at a university library. Verification of points to a large extent at least can be done more effectively with searches online — while our favorite music is playing in the background.

This is my second website. My first I sold in 2015 to a British company that specializes in educational sites. I was eighty-one and thought I was retiring.

Describing my first site, Dennis A.Trinkle and Scott A. Merriman, write:

Frank Smitha is an amateur historian who has developed a set of very impressive online world history interpretive essays that could be profitably used as a world history textbook. They cover world history from antiquity to the present. The essays are impressive not only for their scope, but also for their balance and emphasis on the interconnectedness of history.

I don't like being described as an amateur after twenty-five years or more of study and hard work – but okay. Professionals are thought of as holding university positions. They write books, and they benefit from interaction and competition with their colleagues. They write for each other. I'm writing online for the general public.

My background:

I have a BA with honors in History, acquired at age 43 (California State University East Bay, 1977). Before that I was a high school dropout, served three years in Marine Corps (1951-54), and then wandered the world. I took advantage of the GI Bill, attended community college, drove a cab in Los Angeles and traveled more. I spent a year at UCLA (1963-64) as a sociology major and then eight years (1965-73) on the Berkeley campus running copy machines, sitting in on a few history classes and drawing from the university's many libraries. I was especially interested in World War One, Vietnam, and civil rights.

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