Dawn and Sunset: New Developments

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Authorhouse advertised my history book, Dawn and Sunset, in New York Times Sunday Book Review Magazine. Seven chapters from the book are available at  https://scriggler.com/Profile/michael_baizerman

This is a new site where I am looking for a new reader community. My extracts have already been viewed by more than 2,400 readers. Soon I am going to upload two passages from my project on Biblical History.

Self-Examination 21.11.2015

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My article, An Outlook on the Sumerian Agriculture, has been viewed by over 3,400 visitors-my personal record so far. It is an old version from the first edition of my book “Dawn and Sunset”. Actually, an introduction to Unit IV about Sumerian agriculture-see http://www.ibuzzle.com/articles/an-outlook-on-the-sumerian-agriculture.html

A new, extended version of the whole unit, including the above mentioned extract appears at https://www.academia.edu/6658496/Beyond_the_Threshold_of_Rain_Agriculture

This is from the second edition of the book.

Besides, a chapter from Unit 5, Arts and Crafts, devoted to the Sumerian sculpture, was published at https://scriggler.com/DetailPost/Opinion/22425

The chapter is called, The Inner World of Statues: In the Workshop of a Sumerian Sculptor. The chapter discusses the meaning of sculptures and the social status of its customers.

 

The Trefoil of the World

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I uploaded a new chapter from my second manuscript at http://www.ibuzzle.com/articles/the-trefoil-of-the-world.html

https://www.academia.edu/13826886/The_Trefoil_of_the_World

The texts are more or less identical  but the second one is illustrated. The article is devoted to the conception of the three continents among Europeans. This conception found its adepts not only in the ancient or medieval times but also throughout the Age of Discovery. The proof is the Clover Leaf Map attached to the book by Heinrich Bunting which was published in 1581. Now you can read 5 chapters from mymanuscript on my page at https://independent.academia.edu/MichaelBaizerman

(the upper five titles on the list)

Query Letter

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It’s time to prepare a query letter for a new manuscript though my research is still going on. This is the first time that I am trying to connect different ideas that comprise my second work.

My second history book has the working title, “The Enchanting Encounter with the East”. My new manuscript, which is based on my on-going research, tells a story about the fumbling contacts between the Latin West and the bizarre East throughout the Late Middle Ages. The book runs about 90,000 words and targets adult and young adult readers, especially those who love and/or study history.

Medieval scholars and traders are busy collecting information about the mysterious East, the abode of marvels and spices. In spite of a popular belief that a known world includes three continents, some well-educated people guess that there might be the fourth mainland across the ocean and argue whether it is populated or not. European seafarers undertake daring voyages across the Western Sea and discover new islands. Shipwrights introduce new kinds of vessels and experiment with their rigging to make a ship that can endure the unchartered waters.

The East strikes an overwhelming blow when the Mongolian cavalry penetrate into the heartland of Europe. The West is charmed with eastern legends. While marvels and monsters take over the popular imagination, the “practical” people figure out how to make contacts with the Christian powers of the East to squeeze the lands of Islam firmly and to break the monopoly of Muslim merchants on the spice commerce. The first western ambassadors and traders bring back firsthand facts stirring the competition among European nations to reach the fabled lands first.

Alexander’s Gate (1)

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I have started another research connected to my second project. It is devoted to legends about the East which were influential in the Latin West throughout the Middle Ages. This time I am looking for Alexander’s Gate, Gog-Magog, and Enclosed Nations. Though well-researched, this topic deserves another attempt as the motivation to travel to and study about the East was warmed up by the circulation of certain tales. I will also delve into mappaemundi-a parallel world of medieval knowledge.

Mathematical Geography-1

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I have uploaded three chapters from my second manuscript. The unit from which they are taken is called THE MIRACULOUS REVIVAL OR THE PAINFUL RECOVERY. The topic is the revival of geography in the Middle Ages and the basics of mathematical geography. These three articles can be viewed at https://www.academia.edu/11252943/What_if_the_Earth_is_the_Sphere

https://www.academia.edu/11648843/How_to_Measure_the_Earths_Circumference

https://www.academia.edu/12064184/What_is_the_Size_of_the_Inhabited_World

There is one more article which I intend to upload soon. Another unit about medieval navigation is ready but will have to wait for fine tuning.