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lenin_fresh
02-10-2008, 06:22 AM
If so what's your favorite time period(s)? Also, reading anything good right now? I'm reading The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire right now for a class. It's pretty good.

Putnam
02-10-2008, 10:58 AM
In US history, 1840s through 1870s. In world history, my favorite period is the British/Russian "Great Game" over Central Asia and India, so 1850s through 1920s.

But those are just favorite periods. Everything is interesting if it is well written. I'm impressed that a 23 year old is enjoying Gibbon. More power to ya.

Suaveness
02-10-2008, 11:16 AM
Decline and Fall is one of my favorite books

obnoxiousmodesty
02-10-2008, 11:37 AM
I'm a history major. I'm most interested in U.S. history from colonial to Reconstruction. If I had to pick a favorite era, I'd say 1783-1850.

idioteque
02-10-2008, 12:13 PM
I was happy to see this post. I am a gigantic history nerd and made a huge mistake not majoring in it in undergrad, which I am about to finish up in a major that I hate. :censored:

I'm not a huge U.S. History person, but I'd say that my favorite period would have to be from Reconstruction to the end of T.R.'s presidency.

I'm more of an 11th-16th century Europe man myself however. :cool:

sweabs
02-10-2008, 01:45 PM
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kester99
02-10-2008, 03:33 PM
Europe...16th to early 19th Century. So many wars, so little time.

Dorothy Dunnett's House of Niccolo series.

The Baroque Cycle by Neal Stephenson.

SycamoreKen
02-10-2008, 06:30 PM
I like most eras. Just read 1776 by my favorite historical writer David McCullough. Never knew how close the war came to ending before it ever got started, and not for the good of America either. A must read for all U.S. history fans.

rexnom
02-10-2008, 09:32 PM
The best period of history is easily 1870ish to 1914ish.

JayRedd
02-10-2008, 10:15 PM
I'm a big fan of October 3, 1980. Clearly the greatest day in history.

Suaveness
02-10-2008, 10:39 PM
I'm a fan of Japanese history. Also enjoy Roman/Greek history/plays

lenin_fresh
02-10-2008, 11:08 PM
I started out really into World War II, then got into Soviet history, then the British Empire, and right now I'm getting pretty interested in Greek and Roman history.

To all of the history majors, where are you going to school? I'm going to IU East, we're starting to get a decent history department there.

On Edward Gibbon, I do like the book. I read some criticism that he does not cover the Byzantine Empire enough, but I can't really see how that's very substantiated since the books goes all the way until the fall of Constantinople. So that's like what? About 800 years of nothing but Byzantine (with a little Catholic Church, Islam, and Dark Ages thrown in). I'm only halfway through it though, so it could be all about the Catholic Church, Islam, and the Dark Ages from here out. I just finished the chapter on Justinian's reign and why Theodora was the devil.

sweabs
02-10-2008, 11:32 PM
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rexnom
02-11-2008, 02:11 AM
I'm a big fan of October 3, 1980. Clearly the greatest day in history.
January 3rd, 1980 is the day I made the biggest mistake of my life, hook-up wise.

Doug
02-11-2008, 04:28 PM
WWII in the Pacific. Particularly submarine warfare.

Yes, I have read History of United States Naval Operations in World War II cover-to-cover. All 15 volumes.

Putnam
02-11-2008, 04:33 PM
Good stuff, Doug.

Midway is one of the great moments in our nation's history. People ought to be taught it. It was a moment when we were truly outgunned -- really the underdog. We won at Midway because Spruance out-thought the Japanese and because the American pilots showed all the necessary determination and valor.

JayRedd
02-11-2008, 06:07 PM
On a serious note, I've been reading a lot about early Latin America of late.

Started with some pre-colonial stuff (just read 1491 (http://www.amazon.com/1491-Revelations-Americas-Before-Columbus/dp/140004006X)) and have been reading a lot about the early Spanish, Portuguese and English development of the gold/silver/sugar/etc. trade.

It's unfortunate and pretty embarrassing how little most Americans know about our hemisphere.

Doug
02-11-2008, 06:18 PM
Good stuff, Doug.

Midway is one of the great moments in our nation's history. People ought to be taught it. It was a moment when we were truly outgunned -- really the underdog. We won at Midway because Spruance out-thought the Japanese and because the American pilots showed all the necessary determination and valor.

I get goosebumps just thinking about it. (True - I have them now.)

In fact, I was re-reading part of Incredible Victory by Walter Lord yesterday.

The thought of all those torpedo planes pressing their attacks home, with no fighter cover, sitting ducks for Zeros all the while. Dropping like flies, seemingly in vain. Until the dive bombers show up and all of the Zeros are down on the deck... And then 15 minutes later the best carriers and best air groups of the IJN are gone. Just like that the balance of power in the Pacific flipped.

sweabs
02-11-2008, 06:26 PM
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Doug
02-11-2008, 06:38 PM
And the effort it took to get the Yorktown even repaired enough to take part after Coral Sea. And the effort again to get her back in the fight after the dive bomber attack - which probably kept the Enterprise or Hornet from getting hit.

SycamoreKen
02-12-2008, 11:12 AM
The South Pacific WWII history is greatly underemphasised and unknown by most people. After reading At Dawn We Slept I got into it and read more books. Those island battle were nasty.

SycamoreKen
02-12-2008, 11:15 AM
Speaking of the year 1492, there's always so much debate over who "discovered" the Americas first. I'll just throw another name out there, that might be new for some people. Zheng He - famous explorer sent out by the Ming Dynasty. Very interesting story surrounding him and his voyages. I think some have said he visited the Americas as early as 1421 or so.

If you go even farther back to pre-history you have the possibility of Asiatic peoples crossing the land bridge at the Bearing Strait and actually being the forerunners of th population that was here when Euros "discovered the contenets.

I favor the space alien seeding theory myself.;)

kester99
02-13-2008, 12:27 AM
In world history, my favorite period is the British/Russian "Great Game" over Central Asia and India, so 1850s through 1920s.

Have you read any of the Flashman Chronicles? One is Flashman in the Great Game.

http://www.geocities.com/Hollywood/Set/6463/

Both educational and hilarious...the further adventures of the bully from "Tom Brown's School Days".

lenin_fresh
02-13-2008, 12:29 AM
Sycamore Ken: You'd love my art teacher. All this dude does is talk about how aliens created the human race and this book called "The Urancha Book" (I'm pretty sure I spelled that wrong). I don't think we've even really talked about art yet...just aliens and the evils of the Federal Reserve.

World War II in the Pacific is what got me into history. My Dad used to tell me about it alot (he was a coreman in the Navy in 1944). The Japanese really almost matched the Germans in terms of total brutality, considering Nanking and other the Phillipines, they may have surpassed them.

kester99
02-13-2008, 12:35 AM
Urantia.

My gosh, I haven't thought of that book since the '70s...very big for a long weekend or so with the freaks...what you kids might call hippies.

Putnam
02-13-2008, 09:50 AM
Good call, kester


Have you read any of the Flashman Chronicles? One is Flashman in the Great Game.

http://www.geocities.com/Hollywood/Set/6463/

Both educational and hilarious...the further adventures of the bully from "Tom Brown's School Days".


Oh yeah, I've read them all and own several. Flashy is really great. And I applaud you for making the link to Tom Brown's Schooldays, which I also have. What an effort it must take to preserve all the real history, but to weave that one character into the middle of it. (e.g., the Charge of the Light Brigade happened just the way history remembers it, but it was actually started when Flashman's horse bolts at the sound of a particularly strong fart and starts all the other horses running.)

Have you seen Fraser's personal memoir of his days as a Tommy in Burma? It is called "Quartered Safe Out Here," and is a lot of fun. Fraser himself sounds exactly like Flashman, without the outrageous bullrutting. In fact, he tells of an occasion when his section gets some R& R in, I think, Calcutta, and one of his fellow soldiers makes a big deal about how many hoo'ers he's going to nail, trading all his cigs for as many rubbers as he can get his hands on. Well, Fraser tells us that he went to a cinema that night, and the other soldier was sitting three rows in front of him the whole night. Well, he says he never told anyone else that the guy was lyiong about his conquests, but that he imagines there was far more talk than action throughout all armies. (That's not something Flashy would say.)

Major Cold
02-13-2008, 01:38 PM
Text books are lies. History that is reliable is your grandma.