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I Need your help

My blog page is receiving between 150 and 200 visitors a month. Some of you are interested in my books that are in print. My most recent book entitled: Rise of the Roman Empire: The Will to Endure. This book was published under my long time relationship with Peter Lang Publishing of New York city. This past year I have severed my relationship with Peter Land and I am working on a new book related to Early Mediterranean History. This book, and all of my future books will now be published by the Thomas L. Dynneson Collection (TLDC) that is located in the archival collections of UT Permian Basin. If possible, would you be willing to write a positive book review that can be reported on the Amazon platform? The reason that I am asking for your help is that this book, in regard to sales, is languishing and needs readers help to create notoriety and a positive response. As an author, a good relationship with ones readers is an essential element that is needed to help promote future works in the same field of interest. Thus, I am asking for your help. All the profits from my intellectual properties are gifted to UT Permian Basin. Thank You, Thomas L. Dynneson.

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Overture to Rise of Roman Sea Power: Early Mediterranean Histury

This daring and readable historical work is directed at setting the stage from which a previously unexplained rise of Roman sea power emerged. Accordingly, this author explores: early human migrations, the formation of the first cities and dynasties, the exploration of the early trade routes, the coupling of naval and land armies, the motivation that led to the desire for building larger war ships and greater war fleets, and the rise and fall of powerful individuals, including Pericles, King Philip II, and Alexander the Great. 

 

In addition, this book may become the authors first self-published book on Amazon's kdp platform and will be available in both ebook form and in paperback. The estimated page length of this work is appoximately 450 pages. This book provides the reader with a 20,000 year span of events that helped to give shape and form to Mediterranean history and cultures including: Mesopotamia culture, early Egyptian culture, the Hitites, the Phoencians (Cathaginians) , the Persians, and the Greeks. This book is designed for the general reading public, students, and is designed to serve as an essential reference source.

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My New Project

OVERTURE TO THE RISE OF ROMAN SEA POWER: EARLY MEDITERRANEAN HISTORY

 

For the past two and one-half years, I have been working on a manuscript that spans over 20 thousand years of early Mediterranean history. Primarily, this work addresses the transition of Mediterranean occupations as a result of the domestication of plants and animals in the cultural revolution between the Paleolithic Age (Old Stone Age) and the Neolithic Age (The New Stone Age, based on domestication and the rise of urbanism). Accordingly, this work addresses topics related to the formation of cultural advancements in the Nile River Valley and Mesopotamia, (but in particular, the early cities of Mesopotamia). Moreover, this work contains an emphasis on the advancement of Mediterranean sea-travel and marine technology inspired by the coastal long distant Phoenician sea explorations that promoted trade centers in the regions of the central and western Mediterranean.

 

An important purpose of this work is to frame the Rise of the Classical Age within the setting of the Early Mediterranean history. To meet this goal, the work contains a set of chapters on the lives (marine related contributions) of three important historical figures that contributed greatly to Mediterranean marine history. Consequently, this work includes separate chapters on Pericles, Philip of Macedonia, and his son, Alexander the Great. The focus of the final chapter is aimed at clarifying the spread of Greek cultural elements throughout the vast territories conquered by Alexander, which included Athens, Asia Minor, Egypt, and the eastern lands spreading all the way to India. The advancement of Mediterranean sea power and marine technology, (which initially was advanced by the Phoenicians), also was advanced greatly by the innovations of Alexander. The Romans subsequently adopted these marine advancements, as a means to expand their control of the vast regions of the Mediterranean, following their conquest of Sicily and the destruction of the Carthaginians.

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Kyle Rittenhouse Verdict

For weeks I was fascinated, as millions were, on the Kyle Rittenhouse trial. What impressed me most was the ability of the jury to reach an unamiouious verdict. This required the jury to sort through the instructions of the judge before they could find the defendant innocent. I have some personal connections with riots and court cases. From the perspective of riots, I grew up in the third precint of Minneapolis (the precint that was burned down by a mob following the killing of George Floyd), also in south Minneapolis. The third precinct is on Minnihaha Avenue where I shop at Cubs for groceries when I am in Minneapolis. This entire district was burned out by a mob following Mr. Floyd's death. I also have a connection with Kenosha, Wisconsin, which is the home of Carthage College. My advisor at Macalester College, Professor Earl Spangler (my history advisor for my master's degree) became the Academic Dean at Carthage College when I was teaching at Edina High School in the 1960s and 1970s.

 

Also my interest in the law has been reflected in my 2020 book entitled: Rise of the Roman Empire: The Will to Endure. Part II of this book contains six chapters on Roman law and the Roman courts system. Also as an American history teacher at Edina High School, I taught students basic history of the evolution of the American court and legal systems, as well as issues related to constitutional law and human rights. My general feelings regarding the outcome of the Kyle Rittenhouse verdict, regardless of outcome, was that the American court system is alive and well, and under the most difficult conditions, the jury system still can render justice. I am especially proud of this jury and their willingness to weigh the evidence and reach a conclusion.

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Mediterranean Sea Experiences

On a personal note, Barbara, my wife, and I had the great fortune of spending several summers in Greece as guests of a conference sponsored by the University of Athens. During that time we traveled from Athens throughout the Aegean Sea including many of the sites once visited by Pericles as general, and admiral, when he was in military service representing the Delian League. These sites included Athens, Kavala, the island of Thasos, Samos, Patmos, Philippi, Ephesus, Olympia (Peloponnese), Delos, Delphi, Thera, Rhodes, Marseilles, Crete, as well as throughout Italy and Sicily, etc. In addition, during my time in the US Air Force I resided in France (Laon) for two years and traveled throughout Central and Northern Europe (including Norway and Denmark, as well as Germany). I also have presented papers at Oxford University and at international philosophical conferences sponsored by the University of Athens under the leadership of Professor Kanstantine Boudouris and a sponsoring international philosophy society. Mainly my time has been spent in the regions of the eastern and central Mediterranean Sea, (not including my years spent in Europe). Travel in Italy includes the excavation at Pompii and the Amalfi coast, but especially Marsilles.

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Publisher

I have two new projects for which I am seeking a publisher. One Project in on Mediterranean History and the other is The Rise of Roman Sea Power. Both are destined to become excellent books. In the meantime, I am looking for a book agent to represent me. I know these will be very successful books based on my past publication and worldwide interest.

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Survival of the Nation-State

We have learned from history that the state is not a conscious entity -- it can provide the individual with freedom and opportunity, but also perform great atrocities at home and abroad. Its leaders can be brilliant or absolute idiots. In the twinkling of an eye, an oligarchy of political leaders can plant the seeds that will totally destroy freedom, as well as threaten the very existence of the nation-state. Every generation must fight these forces if they are to insure their own freedom. When they look the other way to enjoy their privacy or their wealth, they have become gutless, and they will never be a great people.

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What is a father

What is a father? He is a husband and he is a manager that provides for his family. He is not your friend or is he your pal. He is also a protector and rescues you when you make a mess such as in a bad marriage, bankruptcy, or bad investments. He will come to aid if you fall ill or have a crisis. In old age he survives and does not want to be a burden to his children nor does he want them messing around in his affairs. He may be smarter than you and even wiser too, but you will not recognize it until he is gone.

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Democracy and Military Defeat

Military defeats have consequences and anyway your look at it or not matter the excuses Afghanistan was a defeat, The ancient Greeks attempted an naval invasion against Syracuse on the island of Sicily in 414 BCE. The invading army and the entire fleet was destroyed and following the disaster the Athenian democracy was in trouble and was slowly reformed and once again became an oligarchy and by 404 BCE Athens was defeated. So much for democracy and the decision making wisdom of the democrats. The Athenians had allowed demagogues to rule and they were very similar to current American leadership.

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History of the plague

From an historical perspective plagues have destroyed more armies than have opposing armies. This has been a common thread throughout history ever since the urban revolution of Neolithic times. Plagues feed off of people in densely crowded cities beginning around 6000 BCE. If you want to avoid a plague, in other words, stay away from crowds. Eventually a plague will run its course and die out, but the population will have been greatly decreased. In time, another plague, however, will follow as people will over and again flock into densely crowded spaces. Plague germs are ever evolving organic microbes that kill their host, but must have an endless body of hosts to move onto since they are killers by nature. In other words, they cannot control the fact that they are flawed in that they cannot stop killing a host and only survive as long as they can spread their off-spring to another host--or victim.

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