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which period of history are you obsessed by today?

Discussion in 'theory, philosophy & history' started by discokermit, Mar 24, 2017.

  1. marty21

    marty21 One on one? You're crazy.

    American Civil War intrigues me at the moment, seem to go back to it fairly regularly - (studied it at uni in the 80s). Just read an excellent novel , 'Confederates' - Thomas Keneally, and I'm about to read an Alternate History novel - Harry Turtledove, which explores an alternative time-line where the Confederates managed to get the North sue for peace and America was divided.
     
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  2. Orang Utan

    Orang Utan Sub-Sub-Librarian

    this is brilliant - got halfway through it in the last weekend (which was a busy one). Thanks for the recommendation.
     
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  3. coley

    coley Well-Known Member

    Until the cry went up 'Whey up me lads n lasses, needing to be sortin out some bits of bother, ower the wetter' then this "small rainy Island" became very significant indeed.
    Knackered The Cosrsican bandit, buggered auld Bismarck, proved the leader of the third reich was lacking in the supply of adequate balls.
    Lots to condemn in the history of these "small rainy Islands"?would totally agree, but on balance, I rather like being a citizen of this mixed bag of ethnic history.
     
  4. coley

    coley Well-Known Member

    .dp
     
  5. coley

    coley Well-Known Member

    Sooner its 'just history" the better.
     
  6. Miss-Shelf

    Miss-Shelf Up to my tits in quilts

    Great novel by Keneally
    But then most of his are - really enlightening depth of context
    Hackney library (when hackney had a main library) had all his novels so i read my way through them, back when reading was a thing in my life
     
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  7. Miss-Shelf

    Miss-Shelf Up to my tits in quilts

    Great thread, discokermit , and glad to see you back posting

    I would like to dally in the history 17 & 18 century as Newfoundland was being colonised by Bretons(among others ). They went on such long fishing trips across the Atlantic

    I'd like to know more about the old crofting communities in the west/Highlands before the clearances

    I really like Martello towers and the architecture of channel island harbours - how war and maritime trading has shaped them

    And the history of the cinque ports

    I'm amazed earlier peoples sailed so far under sail
     
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  8. 19force8

    19force8 For the avoidance of faith

    Any recommendations? My partner is fascinated by Newfoundland.
     
  9. dessiato

    dessiato Philippians 4:8

    I'm currently reading Laurie Lee's autobiography trilogy. I'm especially interested in the last part because he talks about his experience in the Spanish civil war. Next I'll try the one about when he goes back after the war. If I can remember its name.
     
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  10. Sprocket.

    Sprocket. Guadalajara won't do now!

    A Moment of War?
    Great books from another time not so long ago.
     
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  11. baldrick

    baldrick ooooh timewarp

    Massive split in society, family members on opposite sides, Franco-ist propaganda only allowing one POV. Certainly people today interested in the Republican side of things find it a very hard time getting it memorialised, lots of people still think Franco was right and they're pretty influential still in politics today.

    Currently pondering some strange synchronicity - went running in Cannock Chase and stumbled across a Polish memorial of a Stalin era massacre. Took a photo of it, intending to investigate what it was about. Started reading Kershaw's 'To Hell and Back' on holiday where it mentions Katyn - "hang on, isn't that... Yes yes it is". Horrifying.

    Also on the same holiday went up to the hills where I found a statue of Karl Habsburg. Thought it was odd, no real explanation of context and I don't know enough about WW1. And then in the same Kershaw book he explains that he was exiled to Madeira, where I was on holiday.
     
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  12. bi0boy

    bi0boy Power User

    Restoration-era English court music
     
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  13. ElizabethofYork

    ElizabethofYork Witchsmeller Pursuivant

    The Peasants Revolt.
     
  14. mx wcfc

    mx wcfc Well-Known Member

    Did you see this news story, Miss-Shelf ? How did the remote French outpost of St Pierre and Miquelon vote? - BBC News

    I had no idea there was a French colony off the coast of Newfoundland - the local flag includes the Breton flag.
     
  15. FreguentLy

    FreguentLy New Member

    our time could be considered among most interesting ones. hmm...early renaissance, high middle ages. Roman empire. (republic + empire (excluding the decline) . .. USA . up to present times. Caucasia.
     
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  16. Miss-Shelf

    Miss-Shelf Up to my tits in quilts

  17. discokermit

    discokermit Well-Known Member

  18. Manter

    Manter Lunch Mob

    I am mentally back in USSR again as halfway through Sheila Fitzpatrick's latest, on Stalin's team. And have just found some new interesting Balkan, Armenian and Georgian ppl & commentators to follow on twitter so seeing a whole load of articles and pictures and so on that lead me down rabbit holes. I spent 20 minutes last night watching Cossack dancing from the 50s I found on someone's website
     
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  19. kebabking

    kebabking Unfettered ambition

    This weeks history fad is the history of the English-Scottish borderlands...

    It's not really this or that battle etc.. it's the low-level, day-to-day stuff of shifting loyalties, identities, influence, economy, taxation, justice and bastard feudalism.
     
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  20. FreguentLy

    FreguentLy New Member

    Actually that's sometimes the most interesting part. They say "if you know nations' land cadastre and tax history its' easy to tell nations' history" or something like thaT)
     
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  21. Idris2002

    Idris2002 this prim barbarism

    For a long while there it was the October crisis of 1970 that kept me interested - the most interesting thing to happen in Canada since, well, anytime.
     
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  22. stuff_it

    stuff_it stirred the primordial soup

    Early 21st century, last week it was pre-European invasion North America
     
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  23. articul8

    articul8 Dishonest sociopath

    For me it'd be 1968-1984 and the Catholic recusancy of the 16th and early 17th Century.
     
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  24. mx wcfc

    mx wcfc Well-Known Member

    [QUOTE="articul8, post: 15067208, member: 17514"recusancy [/QUOTE]

    wombles off to google wtf recusancy means before deciding whether that is a good thing or not.:hmm:
     
  25. Ptolemy

    Ptolemy like an unwound clock, I just don't seem to care.

    Reading a lot about Democratic Kampuchea, Cambodia under the notorious Pol Pot regime. The stories of the cities being evacuated fascinated me, and I couldn't find a lot of information about the country online, so have been poring through some books with various viewpoints...

    Am also a big fan of Chinese history, particularly the Ming and Qing dynasties.
     
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  26. Cheesypoof

    Cheesypoof Fuck off Noddy

    Late 60's life in Laurel Canyon. A great creative capsule of the late 60's. Life didnt just exist in Frank Zappa's cabin....or Sound City. An era I wish I had been around for, and which I constantly discover new things about.
     
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  27. Kaka Tim

    Kaka Tim Crush the Saboteurs!

    nah - self mythologising bunch of boring stoners making dull music and telling each other how great they were.
     
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  28. bubblesmcgrath

    bubblesmcgrath Well-Known Member

    Really interested in learning about pre-Christian Ireland... :)
     
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  29. mrs quoad

    mrs quoad usage breakfast sausage breakfast sa

  30. seventh bullet

    seventh bullet red mullet

    Pre-DK, have a look at Cambodian Communism and the Vietnamese Model by Stephen Heder. Also, Falling Out of Touch by Thomas Engelbert and Christopher E. Goscha.
     

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