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My subject is big: a big picture of human awareness and intentionality, past and present. The history part puts ideas into context, and rethinking the past has its consequences.

My bias is toward science and empiricism. My first concern is reality and not defense of my point of view. Where you see me straying from reality, please tell me about it.

Regarding verification, we no longer need to turn paper pages of materials at or from a university library. The work of verification, to a large extent at least, can be done more efficiently with a search online.

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 websites are too big for a book. The first website was written without use of a competent copy editor, has typos and needs updates. The website you are now on is the last of my work and is best read like an encyclopedia: subject by subject.

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 wandered the world. Hating the boredom of physical labor I took advantage of the GI Bill and attended community college and fell in love with learning, awareness and more travel. 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, and history of the conflict regarding Vietnam was also one of my interests, as was anthropology, philosophy and politics.

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