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What People are Visiting on this Website

and what Languages do they Speak

 

Initially created in 1999 as Quintepoch.com, this web site has steadily grown in the volume of traffic as new pages have been added. There are currently 95 pages (including summaries) each in six different languages - English, French, Spanish, German, Portuguese, and Italian.

The following table shows the volume of traffic in four categories over a year's period. Each statistic shows the daily average. Keep in mind that the number of "hits" includes illustrations on the pages, so this count is misleading. "Visits" is a more realistic measure.

Category
March 2007
November 2006
May 2006
Hits
4688
3940
3489
Files
3121
2953
2539
Pages
3776
3372
3063
Visits
1722
1560
1164

The Webalizer report which produces these daily statistics also shows the source of the traffic, giving an indication where people are viewing the website. The following table gives the same comparison over time. The numbers represent percentages of the whole.

Category
March 2007
Nov. 2006
May 2006
 
U.S Commercial
25%
31%
40%
Network
23%
17%
13%
Unresolved / unknown
21%
29%
17%
Mexico
5%
7%
5%
Brazil
5%
4%
4%
Peru
2%
2%
2%
Columbia
2%
1%
1%
Italy
2%
2%
3%
Argentina
1%
2%
Chile
1%
France
2%
1%
Other
13%
13%
12%

Some users in the "other category" in March 2007 included in descending order of traffic: Japan, U.S. educational, France, Germany, Canada, Dominican Republic, Spain, Australia, Portugal, Uruguay, Belgium, and the United Kingdom.

 

Such statistics understate the importance of Spanish-speaking (and Portuguese-speaking) viewers. A better understanding of what is happening with this web site is to look at the monthly hits to the different pages, each identified by language. Not only will those numbers indicate the language of the viewer, they will also suggest the area of interest.

The following tables show the monthly hits for an average of the first three months in 2007. The average was calculated using a formula which gives March 2007 40% of the weight, February 35% and January 25%. Sites which were added during this period are assumed to have the same traffic throughout the period as for March.

 

Top Fifty Pages in Hits per month

hits per month
URL address
language
title
category

 

number of words

1,805
languagec Spanish About these languages languages
707
1,537
prediction English Using world history to predict the future prediction
5,385
1,197
historicaljesusc Spanish Life of the historical Jesus religion
4,073
1,186
gatewayc Spanish WorldHistorySite.com main page
1,183
culttech English Some dates in the history of communication communications
1,706
912
whatarec Spanish What are the five civilizations? summary page
550
741
communicationc Spanish Communication
technologies and world history
summary page
272
649
fifthciv English The Fifth Civilization the five civilizations
411
641
culttechc Spanish Some dates in the history of communication communications
2,338
562
communication English Communication
technologies and world history
summary page
258
543
iscscarticlec Spanish World history and the five civilizations statement
7,034
521
chaptersummc Spanish Summary of individual chapters statement
2,704
511
historicaljesus English Life of the historical Jesus religion
3,772
506
population English Population of the earth in selected years population
270
489
languagee Portuguese About these languages languages
710
485
whatare English What are the five civilizations? summary page
501
465
predictionc Spanish Using world history to predict the future prediction
6,139
436
description1c Spanish What is Civilization I? the five civilizations
628
381
culttechb French Some dates in the history of communication communications
2,138
356
religionsummary English About religion and world history summary page
699
352
gateway English WorldHistorySite.com main page
329
language English About these languages languages
652
328
religionsummaryc Spanish About religion and world history summary page
779
316
populationc Spanish Population of the earth in selected years population
291
311
iscscarticle English World history and the five civilizations statement
6,625
290
civtech English Relationship between cultural
technologies and civilization
communications
844
289
gensummaryc Spanish Summary of Five Epochs
of Civilization
statement
796
288
links English Links to other web sites links page
277
apworldhistory English Criticisms of advanced placement curriculum in world history create and teach history
3,193
268
gatewayd German WorldHistorySite.com main page
265
culttechf Italian Some dates in the history of communication communications
2,123
260
whataree Portuguese What are the five civilizations? summary page
550
258
description1 English What is Civilization I? the five civilizations
564
256
historicaljesusb French Life of the historical Jesus religion
4,161
252
populatione Portuguese Population of the earth in selected years population
310
251
createandteach English Create and teach world history summary page
464
249
communicationb French Communication
technologies and world history
summary page
272
244
predict1stcivc Spanish Predict the future of the first civilization prediction
6,076
242
statement English Statements of the theory of Five Epochs summary page
131
241
entertainment English On the entertainment civilization summary page
183
239
diagram English Diagram of emerging institutions in society diagram
0
239
cultteche Portuguese Some dates in the history of communication communications
2,111
224
predictionb French Using world history to predict the future prediction
6,107
218
book English Book Home Page book
255
216
chinapersiac Spanish China, Persia, and the clash of civilizations civilization
3,118
211
christmas English The Christmas Holiday religion
453
210
civtechc Spanish Relationship between cultural
technologies and civilization
communications
982
204
cuttingedgec Spanish On the cutting edge of knowledge communications
5,022
199
createhistoryc Spanish Build a structure of writings and images to tell humanity's story create and teach history
2,579
198
communicatione Portuguese Communication
technologies and world history
summary page
270

 

Next Fifty Pages

hits per month
URL address
language
title
category
number of words
           
197
historicaljesuse Portuguese Life of the historical Jesus religion
3,748
196
predictionsummary English Summary of articles
related to historical prediction
summary page
280
193
predict2ndcivc Spanish Using world history
to predict the future of the Second Civilization
prediction
7,664
188
predictionf Italian Using
world history to predict the future
prediction
5,987
186
languageb French About these languages languages
710
184
bookreviewsc Spanish Reviews of Five Epochs
of Civilization
book
5,044
183
predictione Portuguese Using
world history to predict the future
prediction
5,753
183
description2c Spanish What is Civilization II? the five civilizations
716
182
events1 English Headline Events of Civilization I the five civilizations
474
181
dysfunctionalcelebrity English Dysfunctional celebrities entertainment
2,888
180
bibleandUNc Spanish Biblical prophecy and
the United Nations
religion
1,895
173
chinapersia English China, Persia, and the clash of civilizations civilization
2,855
170
jewishprophecy English Prophetic Expectations
at the Time of Jesus
religion
2,819
168
diagram2c Spanish Explanation of Diagram diagram
980
167
gatewaye Portuguese WorldHistorySite.com main page
167
culttechd German Some dates in the history
of communication
communications
1,692
167
predict1stciv English Using world history
to predict the future of the First Civilization
prediction
5,445
167
communicationd German Communication
technologies and world history
summary page
258
166
religionsummaryb French About
religion and world history
summary page
769
165
gatewayb French WorldHistorySite.com main page
164
civilizationschemed German What is Civilization? civilization
1,050
164
createandteachc Spanish Create and teach world history summary page
565
163
bookreviews English Reviews of Five Epochs
of Civilization
book
4,452
162
description2 English What is Civilization II? the five civilizations
602
162
predictiond German Using
world history to predict the future
prediction
5,323
159
rhythmsummary English Rhythm and Self-Consciousness summary page
349
158
jewishprophecyc Spanish Prophetic Expectations
at the Time of Jesus
religion
2,989
157
ctideals English How communication technology
drives civilizations' ideals
communications
2,106
157
teachhistory English How this web site can
help to teach history
create and teach history
1,660
157
cuttingedge English On the cutting edge of knowledge communications
4,468
155
whatareb French What are the Five Civilizations? the five civilizations
550
153
description4 English What is Civilization IV? the five civilizations
536
153
charterschool English Proposal for a World History charter school create and teach history
7,283
152
socialmitosis English The social mitosis: cell like division in human societies diagram
164
152
teachhistoryc Spanish How this web site can
help to teach history
create and teach history
1,825
151
gensummary English Summary of Five Epochs
of Civilization
statement
698
151
events1c Spanish Headline Events of Civilization I the five civilizations
564
151
religionsummaryf Italian About religion and world history summary page
760
150
languaged German About these languages languages
657
150
whatared German What are the five civilizations? summary page
500
150
description4c Spanish What is Civilization IV? the five civilizations
657
148
diagramc Spanish Diagram of emerging institutions in society diagram
0
147
ctidealsc Spanish How communication technology
drives civilizations' ideals
communications
2,377
146
historicaljesusd German Life of the historical Jesus religion
3,750
144
gatewayf Italian WorldHistorySite.com main page
144
bibleandUN English Biblical prophecy and
the United Nations
religion
1,338
143
iscscarticleb French World history and the five civilizations statement
6,436
143
predict3rdcivc Spanish Using World History to Predict the Future of the Third Civilization prediction
9,149
142
languagef Italian About these languages languages
710
141
description3 English What is Civilization III? the five civilizations
569

Now let us examine the preferences of persons who speak these different languages. First, we have listed the top ten sites for each language in terms of monthly hits. The table shows the category of topic rather than the site name.

"Language & Population" (lang. & pop.) includes these URLs: language, population
"Civilizations" includes these URLs: whatare, description-, events-, chinapersia, civilizationscheme
"Communication" includes these URLs: communication, culttech, civtech, cuttingedge
"Prediction" includes these URLs: prediction, predictionsummary, predict1stciv, predict2ndciv, predict3rdciv
"Religion" includes these URLs: religionsummary, historicaljesus, jewishprophecy, christmas, bibleandUN
"History scheme" includes these URLs: statement, ISCSCarticle, chaptersumm, diagram, diagram2
"Academic" includes these URLs: createandteach, teachhistory
"Main page" includes this URL: gateway
"Book" includes these URLs: book, bookreviews

"Entertainment" includes these URLs: entertainment, dysfunctionalcelebrities

Top web pages in each language listed by category of topic

Rank
English
Spanish
French
German
Portuguese
Italian
1
prediction
lang.& pop.
communication
main page
lang.& pop.
communication
2
communication
religion
religion
communication
civilizations
prediction
3
civilizations
main page
communication
communication
lang.& pop.
religion
4
communication
civilizations
prediction
civilizations
communication
main page
5
religion
communication
lang.& pop.
prediction
communication
lang.& pop.
6
lang.& pop.
communication
religion
lang.& pop.
religion
religion
7
civilizations
history scheme
main page
civilizations
prediction
civilizations
8
religion
history scheme
civilizations
religion
main page
communication
9
main page
prediction
history scheme
religion
religion
academic
10
lang. & pop.
civilizations
communication
academic
history scheme
entertainment
11
history scheme
religion
prediction
entertainment
communication
history scheme
12
communication
lang.& pop.
communication
history scheme
civilizations
lang.& pop.
13
civilizations
prediction
entertainment
book
religion
book
14
academic
civilizations
prediction
history scheme
book
15
history scheme
communication
civilizations
religion
civilizations
16
entertainment
communication
book
entertainment
17
history scheme
academic
academic
18
book
prediction
religion
19
religion
book
prediction
20
prediction
civilizations
total hits
9,800 hits
11,546 hits
3,096 hits
2,185 hits
2,985 hits
1,816 hits

Unfortunately, this table does not indicate the percentage of the total hits going to each category for the six languages. The following table divides the above sample of web pages in such a manner.

Percentage of total hits in each category, listed in descending order

 
English
Spanish
French
German
Portuguese
Italian
 
category
%
category
%
category
%
category
%
category
%
category
%
 
 
1
communication
21
lang. & pop.
18
communication
28
religion
17
lang. & pop.
25
communication
21
2
prediction
20
religion
16
prediction
19
communication
15
communication
23
religion
16
3
civilizations
18
communication
16
religion
17
civilizations
14
religion
15
lang. & pop.
13
4
religion
13
civilizations
15
civilizations
9
main page
12
civilizations
13
prediction
10
5
lang. & pop.
9
history scheme
11
lang. & pop.
6
history scheme
10
prediction
6
main page
8
6
history scheme
8
main page
10
main page
5
prediction
7
main page
6
civilizations
7
7
entertainment
4
prediction
8
history scheme
5
lang. & pop.
7
history scheme
4
entertainment
7
8
main page
4
academic
4
book
4
book
6
book
4
academic
7
9
academic
3
book
2
academic
4
academic
6
entertainment
4
history scheme
6
10
book
2
entertainment
0
entertainment
3
entertainment
5
academic
0
book
6

 

What can we conclude from this analysis? First, the most popular categories for visitors to this web site are Communication, Prediction, Religion, Civilizations, and Language & Population. Speakers of English, French, and Italian rank Communication first. Prediction is in second place for English and French speakers. On the other hand, speakers of Spanish and Portuguese, rank Language & Population first, with Communication in second (or third) place. Religion also makes a strong showing among speakers of all languages, especially German and Spanish.

Keep in mind that English and Spanish speakers account for most visitors to the most heavily visited web pages in http://www.WorldHistorySite.com. The site was originally written in English. Language-translation software, Altavistas's Babelfish, has translated the pages into the five other languages.

One would imagine that visitors to the Languages (language.html) or Population (population.html) pages use these pages mainly for reference purposes. The material presented here is not original to this site. Both the human population and the languages spoken by humanity are important forces shaping world history. As historical elements, however, they predate the history of civilizations. Speech is a communication technology without a physical medium other than the human body. The more technologies of communication used in civilized societies are an extension of man's toolmaking capability.

WorldHistorySite.com was created to present the concepts in a book titled Five Epochs of Civilization which presents a particular scheme of world history. Visitors to the web site who were interested in the nature of this scheme or the arguments presented in the book would tend to visit the pages identified by the category "history scheme" (statement.html) or the "diagram" (diagram.html). A related section is the "civilizations" category (whatare.html) which gives a description of each of the five civilizations as they are defined in the book. (We have also tossed in the topical discussion of civilizations.) In other words, these people would be looking for concepts rather than information.

The biggest surprise has been the interest in "using world history to predict the future". For a time, worldhistorysite.com/prediction.html was Google's top-rated site for the search words "predict the future". Prediction is a practical use of historical analysis, although its discipline offers less certain knowledge.

Another popular page has been the one which lists the dates of inventions or advances in communication technologies ranging from ideographic writing to computers. (culttech.html) This is also a reference material.

The section on religion, which is the focus of the second civilization, was greatly expanded in 2005 to include concepts from William McGaughey's unpublished book-length manuscript, "What Jesus was Thinking". It is, in turn, based on Albert Schweitzer's last book, "The Kingdom of God and Primitive Christianity", published in 1965. Visitors to this website, especially those who speak Spanish, prefer the page titled "Life of the Historical Jesus" (historicaljesus.html) which, following Schweitzer, tells the story of Jesus' life in an unfamiliar way.

Religion was also a principal theme of Five Epochs of Civilization. This book argues that each civilization has its own "religion", defined in a broad sense. Our idea of religion is the set of stories and beliefs inherited from the second epoch of world history - the so-called "world religions". However, humanity tended to value other things - scientific knowledge, money, fame, etc. - in subsequent periods. Beliefs and personalities are seen as a common thread in religion throughout the ages.

The other "civilization" which receives its own section in this website is the fourth one, which most Americans now inhabit. Five Epochs of Civilization argues that world history has progressed from the type of civilization seen in Victorian England (based on commerce and the literary arts) to the age of popular entertainment. The transition from one type of culture to the next has much to do with communication technologies. The previous civilization, Civilization III, was based on the printed word while the contemporary culture of entertainment is based on electronic recording and communication.

The relationship between the dominant communication technology in a society is intimately related to its history. Five Epochs of Civilization proposes that history should be told with a focus upon the major institutions that exist in society. They are: government, religion, commerce, secular education, news and entertainment, and, now, the Internet. World history is therefore a creation story involving the creation and proliferation of institutions.

The two pages which most closely describe this process are titled "(The) Relationship between Cultural Technologies and Civilizations" (civtech.html) and "Diagram of emerging institutions in society" (diagram.html) which gives a visual scheme explaining historical processes. Communication technology and institutions to carry out society's main functions are the keys to this kind of history.

Originally the website was created for the purpose of selling books. However, experience has taught that book customers prefer to buy from Amazon.com or another seller instead of ordering single copies from the publisher via the Internet. In fact, Five Epochs of Civilization sells better in China than it does in the United States.

Another expectation was that this book, Five Epochs of Civilization, might be used as a supplemental material in high-school or college history courses. All it took to dispel that idea was a visit to the annual conference of the World History Association (in Boston in June 2000). If the author thought that he had "a better mousetrap" to offer history teachers in terms of historical concepts, it became clear that, by and large, the educational world is less interested in better mousetraps than in the process of controlling curricula and testing. Considerations of power outweigh the joys of free inquiry.

In particular, a committee of history professionals from this organization set guidelines for Advanced Placement courses in world history which, in turn, determine the questions to be asked on Advanced Placement tests. If students want to receive passing scores on these tests in order to receive college credit, they had better take courses geared to the tests. And if teachers want their students to do well on the tests to show how much they have "learned", the teachers, too, have a stake in sticking with the program. Since the public nowadays seems to demand "results" in terms of learning, there is no incentive to consider alternative concepts or explanations - which are not on the test - but only to follow a narrowing path of dogma preferred by the politically dominant group. Therefore, even if the courses and textbooks are not of the highest quality - See apworldhistory.html - they will have to do for the time being in the educational field.

Meanwhile, traffic has continued to build on this website. Since few viewers bother to communicate with us by email, it has been difficult to take this enterprise of building a world history to the next stage. Creating history is, or ought to be, a cooperative process involving many scholars and lovers of truth. The most urgent need at this time is for visitors to this website to generate feedback. While viewer statistics give some information as to how its content has been received, there is a need for more direct communication.

If a more interactive process can be developed, a community may arise on the Internet of individuals who share an interest in world history. Hopefully, this will be a worldwide community including persons who speak many different languages. Most likely, they will require a scheme of world history which does not favor or disfavor any particular people or nation but looks dispassionately upon the past with an aim of better understanding. Few realize the importance of this undertaking; for it is now that one of the principal pillars of world culture is being created.

Therefore, look for new initiatives in the future. Over the past seven years, WorldHistorySite.com has built a steadily increasing volume of traffic on the web. In doing so, it has become a fast-flowing river of communication which, using Fifth Civilization techniques, will carry an interest in history to a wider public.

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