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What is/are your primary area(s) of historical interest?
« on: May 07, 2014, 08:19:28 AM »
I've been interested in WWII since I was a kid. I read Rise and Fall of the Third Reich when I was 13. One of my neighbors noticed this and asked me to do him a favor. He gave me all forty volumes of The Pearl Harbor Attack Hearings and asked me to find the "smoking gun" that would prove FDR "did it". Took me two years to plow through all that material and at the end I had to tell him there was no proof against FDR.

"Well, I know it's out there somewhere!"  Later he told me that he was a veteran, having served with Washington at Valley Forge.

Anyway, if you're into WWII try visiting Hyperwar.
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Re: What is/are your primary area(s) of historical interest?
« Reply #1 on: May 07, 2014, 10:00:52 AM »
A field of historical study ought to be how this country became to fucking batshit crazy to have a reasonable conversation.
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Re: What is/are your primary area(s) of historical interest?
« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2014, 11:11:41 AM »
Roman military history of the late period. So much so thats what my PhD is in.
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Re: What is/are your primary area(s) of historical interest?
« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2014, 11:12:14 AM »
What is/are your primary area(s) of historical interest?

I find that the past is full of history.
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Re: What is/are your primary area(s) of historical interest?
« Reply #4 on: May 07, 2014, 11:19:59 AM »
Military history, tactics, history of politics, history of art. Roman conquests, disease control, the growth and expansion of the economic systems of the world


I look at it all
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Re: What is/are your primary area(s) of historical interest?
« Reply #5 on: May 07, 2014, 11:22:21 AM »
What seems interesting to me is why so many people seem to be so interested in warfare, but all to often ignoring the root problems and lame justifications for starting wars in the first place.
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Re: What is/are your primary area(s) of historical interest?
« Reply #6 on: May 07, 2014, 11:23:18 AM »
It's always the same things, money, religion, I want what you have, occasionally its over women.


But usually it's God, Gold, and Glory
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Re: What is/are your primary area(s) of historical interest?
« Reply #7 on: May 07, 2014, 11:37:01 AM »
I am a fan of Persian/Mesopotamian/Turkish history, as well as Chinese and the Central Asian states, Mongolian, Indian, Japanese, Polynesian/Indonesian history... African history is interesting too.
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Re: What is/are your primary area(s) of historical interest?
« Reply #8 on: May 07, 2014, 11:45:41 AM »
It's always the same things, money, religion, I want what you have, occasionally its over women.


But usually it's God, Gold, and Glory
Well you've solved it. We know what the cause is so no need to go to war anymore.
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Re: What is/are your primary area(s) of historical interest?
« Reply #9 on: May 07, 2014, 11:48:34 AM »
World War 1. I used to own models of all the airplanes and my father served in it. I am currently compiling a statement he made along with some pictures of him, and the picture of his grave. Although the Civil War is considered the first modern war, WW1 was the war that fielded weapons of mass destruction like Zeppelins and Mustard and Chlorine gas.

Re: What is/are your primary area(s) of historical interest?
« Reply #10 on: May 07, 2014, 11:53:45 AM »
I loved the classical age before it was cool.

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Re: What is/are your primary area(s) of historical interest?
« Reply #11 on: May 08, 2014, 09:25:05 AM »
Rise and fall of the big dictatorships of the 20th centuries, WW2.

Re: What is/are your primary area(s) of historical interest?
« Reply #12 on: May 08, 2014, 09:38:39 AM »
Yeah, I could have easily majored in History versus English Lit. About equally useful for me.

Re: What is/are your primary area(s) of historical interest?
« Reply #13 on: May 25, 2014, 12:57:04 PM »
I loved the classical age before it was cool.

You were born before the renaissance...?
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Re: What is/are your primary area(s) of historical interest?
« Reply #14 on: May 25, 2014, 04:55:36 PM »
When I started writing my book nearly 20 years ago, I made a decided effort to make sure what I was taught was true, boy did I get an eye opener. So many things we were taught were not necessarily wrong but woefully shy of the full story. I became fascinated with the first 60 years of American history from Jamestown on and then backed up to St. Augustine. Later I got into Boorsteins books that are completely marvelously wonderfully documented historical masterpieces. Also there is Gruns "Timetables of History" which is a masterpiece of historical information as to what was happening in various fields of human society at the same time. SImply fucking fascinating.
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