Tuesday, April 7, 2015

History: The Year is 1552

I've uploaded year 1552 to the TSP Wiki...


Here are some one liners...

The Society of Jesus Is Made Official -- These are the Jesuits and "Jesuit" is a mild insult. I talk about various insults embraced by those they were meant to target.

Problems in Yemen, the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz -- Without the Suez Canal, the Ottoman Navy cannot be strong in the Red Sea and Persian Gulf. I also talk about the problem of encouraging the people of a nation to revolt.

The Society of Jesus Is Made Official

Pope Julius the 3rd formally recognizes the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) and budgets an annual stipend for them. The term "Jesuit" is a mild insult at this time. It means someone who uses the name "Jesus" a little too much for comfortable conversation. The Jesuits will become part of the counter-Reformation. [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7]
My Take by Alex Shrugged
Insults often change over time to become the preferred label for certain people. For example, Orthodox Jews were not called Orthodox until the 1850s when Reform Jews wished to needle anyone who did not embrace change in Jewish observance. So-called Orthodox Jews embraced the insult but in a real sense, Orthodox Judaism does not exist. It is simply observant Judaism, but don't tell anyone I said so. OK? Another group that has embraced a negative label is homosexual men. My wife loved watching the TV show "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" where 5 self-identifying homosexual men gave a fashion makeover to heterosexual men. [8] [9] FYI, I was once on the board of directors of a Jewish organization that worked with Fordham University... a Jesuit institution.

Problems in Yemen, the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz

With the opening of trade with India, Portuguese merchants are bringing spices around the Cape of Good Hope, but part of merchant trading at this time is not only to provide goods and services to your customers but prevent your competition from doing the same... good and hard. The Ottoman Turks are the competition. They have taken Yemen along the Red Sea so as to control the shipping port of Mocha and its coffee bean exports but the Portuguese have taken the Island of Hormuz at the top of the hairpin turn that is the Strait of Hormuz. That position effectively blocks all commerce within the Persian Gulf which includes modern day eastern Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq and the United Arab Emirates. The Ottoman Navy has been devastating in the Mediterranean Sea but they can't bring enough ships around Africa to unseat the Portuguese from their perch. [10] [11]
My Take by Alex Shrugged
There was no Suez Canal in 1552 but if it did exist, you can bet that the Portuguese would have been blocking traffic through it from their competitors. The Suez Canal links the Red Sea with the Mediterranean Sea. It is extremely valuable for trade since one need not make the long trip around Africa. In that respect it is like the Panama Canal. And like the Panama Canal, it is a military logistics choke point. At the time of the Russo-Japanese War (1904-1905), the Russians wanted to send ships from the Baltic Sea to reinforce their navy which had taken a beating against the Japanese but the British blocked the Russian transit. The Suez Crisis in 1956 closed the Suez Canal and President Dwight D. Eisenhower focused on the Suez rather than support Hungry which was being invaded by the Soviets. His administration had been encouraging Hungry to break away and they thought the USA would come to save them, just as the Iraqi revolutionaries believed that the US would join them in their overthrow of Saddam Hussein after Gulf War I. Do I have to say Ukraine? I suppose I do. [12] [13] [14]

This Year on Wikipedia

Year 1552, Wikipedia.

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