Friday, February 27, 2015

History: The Year is 1529

I've uploaded year 1529 to the TSP Wiki...

Here are some one liners...

The Economics of Measles in Cuba and Honduras -- Measles is going to kill millions in the New World. I discuss the economic impact on the colonies, the decision to import African slaves and how the modern day panic over measles may be more economic than biological.

An Ottoman for Your Living Room -- The Ottoman Turks bring it to Vienna. They will also leave it at Vienna. Weather defeats them. I also talk about the furniture named after the Ottomans.

The Lutherans Become the Protestants -- The Emperor's brother reads the Lutherans the riot act. As a result, a protest is made by the Lutheran nobles Thereafter they will be called Protestants.

The Economics of Measles in Cuba and Honduras

Two thirds of all native Cubans and half of all Hondurans will be dead within the next 2 years as a measles epidemic sweeps through the New World. Loss of labor due to disease has become a serious monetary issue. Indians slaves are dying in massive numbers and so are European slaves. For example: 2,000 Jewish children were forced to work the fields in the New World. Less than 500 survived. A business cannot sustain 75% labor losses yearly when they are paying huge transportation costs just to get laborers into the fields. (FYI: I'm Jewish so I can make this calculation without being called a ... well... you know.) African slaves are even MORE expensive to bring to the New World but sickle cell anemia helps them to survive. Also many African slaves were exposed to childhood diseases like yellow fever. With crops in the field, it is biology as well as necessity that brings African slaves to the New World. [1] [2] [3]
My Take by Alex Shrugged
It is odd to think of "yellow fever" as a childhood disease but usually African children are able to fight it off. Those who had insufficient immune systems died as babies and never passed on those genes. That process played out long ago in Africa. It's not the kind of "disease prevention program" I'd support, but the Indians experienced a similar process with the measles epidemic. Measles can spread like wildfire, and in the modern day if your kid catches it you can't take him to daycare. You'd cause a riot, so you must stay home with your child. If you take time off from work, measles becomes an economic issue as much as a biological one. [4]

An Ottoman for Your Living Room

Suleiman the Magnificent has proven to be an excellent tactician both in war and politics but he will make all the wrong moves at the Siege of Vienna. It began when the Ottomans finally took Belgrade which is the same strategic point that Attila the Hun held in 441. With southern Hungry in Ottoman hands, the Holy Roman Emperor claims the Hungarian throne so Suleiman slogs through the spring mud and pushes him back to Vienna. Nothing brings unity like a common enemy, especially when that enemy is a proven threat. Austria, Hungry and Bohemia unite to fend off the Ottomans, but what really defeats the Ottomans is the weather. The spring rains force him to leave his heavy siege cannons behind and with winter setting in he can't wait out the city defenders. A united Austria-Hungry will remain until 1918 when it will be broken up along with the Ottoman Empire. [5] [6] [7] [8]
My Take by Alex Shrugged
These Muslim warriors both frightened and fascinated Christians. The Turks were using a backless seat as part of their furniture. It was a style that Christians borrowed. They named this low seat an "ottoman" and the word stuck. People will have ottomans in their homes into the modern day.[9]

The Lutherans Become the Protestants

The Holy Roman Emperor is under pressure from the Ottoman Turks so the last thing he needs is the Lutherans giving him a hard time so a new Diet is formed at Speyer to square things up. Unfortunately, his brother didn't get the memo. The Emperor's brother, Ferdinand, reads them the riot act. In turn the "Lutheran princes" (that is... the nobles who support Martin Luther) write out their protest against such heavy-handed treatment. Thereafter they will be called the "Protestants" since they protested these edicts. The word will also apply to anyone who objects to the Catholic Church and is willing to break away from its hierarchy. [10] [11]
My Take by Alex Shrugged
Protestants are also protesting against each other. As in the case of the Anabaptists, division amongst the Protestants seems to be a defining characteristic of the overall movement. That is not a criticism, but an observation. Reform within the Catholic Church in the 1500s was not possible since anyone who really wanted reform had already left. Within Judaism, this chaos and division did not occur until the 1800s for reasons I'll explain when we get there. For the year 1529, this chaos is all Christian. It's going to get better... but not before it gets much worse.

This Year on Wikipedia

Year 1529, Wikipedia.

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