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Surprize 18-04-2008 10:57 AM

History Thread
 
Are you interested in History? Do you like it? As for me I find it rather interesting but I don't like reading history reference books which make me bored and sleepy fast and inevitably. The history of France has always been attractive to me, that's why the one classic novelist whose works I can read with pleasure is A. Duma. I remember that some time ago I wanted to write a historical novel about France, lol. Also I like to watch historical movies.

Kelsey 18-04-2008 07:08 PM

I love history. Elizabeth I was my hero when we learned about her in middle school, and now that I am addicted to that show The Tudors, I can't stop reading everything I can get my hands on about Henry VIII and his wives. I've read all of Alison Weir's biographies and am looking for new authors who have written about them. This Summer, while I am in England I will be going to Hampton Court and Hever Castle. Whoo hoo. I'm excited

Porcelain_Doll 18-04-2008 10:00 PM

I love History! I especially love reading about Imperial Russia, I find the tsars and their court fascinating :D

Same with France, preferably 18th and 19th century. My aunt gave me for my birthday Antonia Fraser's book on Marie Antoinette (the one that Sofia Coppola used for her movie)!

I'm also really into Ancient Egypt and Greece..Rome not so much. Egypt is amazing, they had some really picturesque rulers :p

hasselbrad 19-04-2008 03:10 AM

God yes. I am like a sponge when it comes to history. When I was ten, I dressed up as a Revolutionary War soldier for Halloween. My mother jokes about spending a week one afternoon aboard the USS Yorktown when I was about the same age. We'd watch movies about the ship in action and then go find the dents that the F6F Hellcat fighter that crashed into the smoke stack left.
Greek mythology and history... check.
Roman mythology and history... check.
Ancient/Roman/Medieval/Imperial/Modern Britain... check.
Norse mythology and the Vikings... check.
Barbarians week on the History Channel... err... History dot com... I'm glued to the television.
World War II... it is physically impossible for me to surf past any film based on this war... or pretty much any war for that matter.
I know way too much about Jack the Ripper and pretty much every other serial killer, madman or despot down through the years.
The history of sports... the history of medicine... the history of pretty much anything can keep me fascinated for hours.
I could (and did) wander around Colonial Williamsburg and Boston for hours as a child. At seven, my parents had to drag me away from the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor.
I <3 History!

Surprize 20-04-2008 09:49 AM

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Originally Posted by Porcelain_Doll (Post 88031)
Same with France, preferably 18th and 19th century. My aunt gave me for my birthday Antonia Fraser's book on Marie Antoinette (the one that Sofia Coppola used for her movie)!

I want a book about Marie Antoinette, too.

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Originally Posted by hasselbrad (Post 88035)
Greek mythology

yes, I like it, too :)

Richard 22-04-2008 12:13 AM

I really can't imagine anyone not interested in the history of something. I enjoy the history of Hollywood above all else, and most of my reading material for the past few years have been historical or biographies. I can't say I'm adept at any particular subject, but I try to learn a little about everything that interests me, if time permits. I also enjoy reading about crime, especially the infamous ones.

Wanna trade brains, Brad?

duckula 25-04-2008 11:08 PM

This thread needs more love. It is my considered opinion that anyone not interested in history is a fool, a damned fool at that.

I've just finished watching the HBO miniseries John Adams (fucking top notch) which has inspired me to finally start reading Democracy in America.

When I'm finally done with this stupid degree of mine (counting the weeks) and I have some more time I'm hoping to do a history degree part time. Sufficed to say, I have a passing interest.

Kelsey 27-04-2008 06:03 AM

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Originally Posted by duckula (Post 88113)
I've just finished watching the HBO miniseries John Adams (fucking top notch) which has inspired me to finally start reading Democracy in America.
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Isn't it awesome? We've really been enjoying it in my house, but my dad is total history nut. I had to read Democracy in America last semester in my US history class and I really enjoyed it more than I thought....let me know once you've read it as I will be interested to hear what you thought of it.

eelliiinn 27-04-2008 12:41 PM

I don't really like history, but there is one exception: World War II.
Three weeks ago, a man who sat in concentration camp came to our school and talked about the war and his time in the different camps, it was really interesting to listen to him. And his story was so unbelivable, because he survived things that I thought was impossible to survive, for examlpe, he's the only person who have ever escaped from the gas chambers.
His story was so touching and sometimes he started to cry, and that almost made me cry too. I'm really glad that I got the chance to listen to him!

andrey92 28-04-2008 11:34 AM

history is wery interesting. because she is vwry big, every one can found something which likes him, i like ww2 and napoleon times, but much of all i like winter war. thats a real fairy tale or not? and of course, i start watching films with keira just because i were interesting in ww2, about which, in the background, is film atonement, my favourite film after my childhood heart breaker armageddon. i was 5 and when bruce death, many of days i was unhappy, because i really think that he is death. i was in shock, but than i saw him in other role and than i understood that actors always stays alive in reality, but deaths in films.

Surprize 28-04-2008 04:16 PM

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Originally Posted by andrey92 (Post 88127)
winter war

cold war?..

andrey92 28-04-2008 04:19 PM

no, it is war in winter 39-40 finland vs ussr. one of the greatest and bloodest finlands history pages.

Surprize 28-04-2008 04:37 PM

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Originally Posted by andrey92 (Post 88132)
no, it is war in winter 39-40 finland vs ussr. one of the greatest and bloodest finlands history pages.

Now I see. Is it named "Winter War"?

andrey92 28-04-2008 04:42 PM

as much i know than yes, i dont know any other name of this conflict

michael22 29-04-2008 11:33 PM

I can't believe I have not seen this thread before................
um where to begin in my love for history?
British prehistory (especially alba)
Roman History, Greek History (especially Alexander the Great and the pelopenesian wars), Medieval Scotland up to the Jacobites(you are dead in the head if after a piece of literature on this topic you are not hooked),Vikings,Finnish ( name another country whose battle cry was shoot them in the balls. Medieval of anytype for that matter. Religous history. I just find these old stories easier to accept then reality :p

Keira lover 03-05-2008 11:30 PM

I find the Late Republican-Early Imperial period of Ancient Roman history, as well as the European theatre of WWII, esp. 1944 to be fascinating. I find textbooks to be both pooring, as well as pockmarked with historical innacuracies and omissions. It sickens me that no one knows who Lucius Junius Brutus, Lucius Cornelia Sulla Felix, Gauis Marius, Marcus Portius Cato the younger, Gauis Julius Caesar, Marcus Antonius, Marcus Lepidus or even Augustus or Tiberius were.

Does anyone other than me know the difference between Lucius Junius Brutus and Marcus Junius Brutus?

Ranman 19-05-2008 12:33 AM

History is like a rear view mirror, who needs to see where you have been

Keira lover 08-08-2008 12:36 AM

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Originally Posted by Ranman (Post 88368)
History is like a rear view mirror, who needs to see where you have been

He who fails to understand the past is bound to repeat it... and then everything is just so fucking, well, boring.

Surprize 03-11-2008 11:28 AM

Now I'm extremely interested in the history of France, Great Britain (although Ice lives there) and the USA, of course. This semester we have a new subject Country Study, where we learn about English-speaking countries, in particular - the UK, but we had to write a report about any country we want (English-speaking). Certainly, I chose the States, the topic I selected was about period of struggling for Independence, the American British War etc. I've read the Declaration and I do admire Americanmen' ability to fight for freedom and independence and the most important - justice. Besides, you, guys, had the fairest Constitution for that time, when entire Europe was absolutist.

Digital_Ice 03-11-2008 03:47 PM

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Originally Posted by Surprize (Post 90876)
Now I'm extremely interested in the history of France, Great Britain (although Ice lives there) .....

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