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DesertRose 
Posted: 30-Jan-2004, 12:53 AM
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I am always looking for good history books to read. My favorite topic is art history and read all I can. However, I am looking for some good books on American History and British History. Any recommendations?


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Posted: 30-Jan-2004, 09:31 AM
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My favourite periods in History are the time of the Russian expansion under Ivan the Terrible, Catharina the Great and basically almost everything coming into the cathegory russian history. I'd love to visit Russia one day...

next favourite is the early settlements in Europe, the Bronze (sky disk of nebra) and Iron Age (especially in connection with Hallstatt, Hallein and La Tène and the urnfields in southern Germany).

Asian history in general, especially early chinese history with the San Huang - the three Kings and from there on (I love the time around the Empress Wu Zetian).

mmh European/German History from Napoleon I. on. The time before, during after the first world war in general and the connections with the National socialist Regime and the second world war and the time of the occupation of Germany

Early Scottish/Irish History

that's my basic favourite times. I own quite a few books about Germany, some about China and some about Russia and Scottish History, but most of them are in German so it's probably not much use if I count them up here.


I don't think I have a favourite time in History though


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Posted: 30-Jan-2004, 02:13 PM
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Wow! Aon! You have read a little about everything!

My favorite time in history is during the reigns of Queen Elizabeth 1 and Queen Victoria. I haven't read very much, but the little I have read have been primarily through my art history books, studying about the artwork of that time. So I got interested in the monarchy as well.

I am also interested in the Civil War or as I recently learned "The War Between The States." Have recently read some books on that. I have attended many civil war re-enactments too. Right now I am reading a bit about the Revolutionary war and the war of 1812. Doing most of that on the internet though,no books in my posession......yet. A friend of mine is a history professor at the college here and I plan to get a list of books from him for me to read.

Now I am embarking on some Scottish and Irish history too.

Sigh...........not enough hours in the day to read all these books! sad.gif
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  Posted: 30-Jan-2004, 02:50 PM
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I'd suggest anything that has to do with the American & French revolutions, or the American Civil War. Those are my favorite periods in history.


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the first french revolution or the second? wink.gif the second actually swept across alot of states in europe and it set off the German Revolution of 1848 in which the idea of a united Germany came up the first time.
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QUOTE (Aon_Daonna @ Jan 30 2004, 01:58 PM)
the first french revolution or the second? wink.gif the second actually swept across alot of states in europe and it set off the German Revolution of 1848 in which the idea of a united Germany came up the first time.

The first one, where Louis XVI had a date with giljotiini.gif .
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Love ALL history.. History channel, can't get enough. Must say that the world over the last 20 years has been hard, but necessary to follow. Anything on WWII, Napoleon and the middle ages in Europe will get my attention. Can't read as much as I would like these days. (bad eyes sad.gif )
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there are some good audio books out on history actually (at least there are in Germany). My neighbour in Germany was an old history lecturer that used to read at Düsseldorf University. He was 87 and almost blind by then but he always ordered the newest history books as audio books so he could keep up with what was happening in his metier.
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I can't say I have a favorite time in history. It is all so interesting to me. Of course I love all American history. I think of the hardships people had to endure when first coming here to America. Can you imagine walking for miles beside a covered wagon and being on the look out for Indians. Then the Indians having their way of life taken away. Sad indeed, don't you think?

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Ooh Maggie! I have studied a lot about Native American history as that is my genre of artwork and wanted to make sure what I painted was accurate. It indeed is a very sad time in our American history and what we did to the Native American people. The sad thing is is that we are STILL doing it! We have never learned from our mistakes. sad.gif
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Hmmm...besides the times of early Scotland and the Medivial (sp) time there the period of the pioneer days in America is one of my favs.
I'm studying this time period and history and culture of the American Natives since my teenager years ... (quite a long time, eh tongue.gif )...with breaks of quite a few years when I meant not to have the time for it.
Actually I do have it and enjoy it still. There is a lot what even present time people could learn from the knowledge and wisdom of the American Natives. But this is another topic, I'm afraid... unsure.gif


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Well, my first love is the late American colonial period (1750-1785). I have 7 (my wife flinches, even in her sleep blink.gif ) shelves of books about that period collected over 20+ years.

Other periods/subjects of interest:

- French Foreign Legion (1831-1962; after they left Africa, I lose interest)
- Zulu wars of 1879
- War of Northern Aggression
- Papal history
- history of the Inquisitions
- history of anarchism/egoism/libertarianism
- the Bolshevik revolution
- Imperial and Weimar Germany (the Third Reich doesn't really interest me)
- British regimental histories
- the Crusades
- Japanese history, especially the Meiji Restoration

Of late I have developed an interest in the Crimean War, but I have only scratched the surface of that subject.

Looking at that, I do tend toward the military don't I? I never realized that. Hmmm. Of course, this doesn't include the material culture books I read (archaeology, textiles, ceramics, etc). Just history. And, this is what I ENJOY reading, not what I was forced to read in college. That is why I detest the French Revolutions. I had them shoved down my throat for two semesters. Blecchhhh.

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papal history... doesn't that belong into church history since it's only the ppl on top of the cath. church? (my thought)

The time in German history that interests you is also my strongest interest when it comes to history, but as a wee nudge you might like starting from the 1848 revolution because it has alot to do with what happened later smile.gif
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QUOTE (CelticRose @ Jan 31 2004, 09:35 PM)
Ooh Maggie! I have studied a lot about Native American history as that is my genre of artwork and wanted to make sure what I painted was accurate. It indeed is a very sad time in our American history and what we did to the Native American people. The sad thing is is that we are STILL doing it! We have never learned from our mistakes. sad.gif

My reading take me to a wide range of topics but if I had to pin point it would probably be circa American Revolution, Eastern Native American or 16th Century England on Fishing.

I do have several books circa American Revolution but I only have a couple on the Fishing. But I am always looking for more.

Most of all I have several books on the Eastern Native Americans because I have a high interest in bringing back some of the culture and traditions. wink.gif


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QUOTE (Aon_Daonna @ Feb 1 2004, 08:47 AM)
papal history... doesn't that belong into church history since it's only the ppl on top of the cath. church? (my thought)


Strictly speaking, yes. But I view papal history as a seperate sub-field of Church history, distinct from theological history or the development of different movements within the Church. More of a special type of biography.

QUOTE (Aon_Daonna @ Feb 1 2004, 08:47 AM)
The time in German history that interests you is also my strongest interest when it comes to history, but as a wee nudge you might like starting from the 1848 revolution because it has alot to do with what happened later smile.gif


Yes, I enjoy reading about the 1848 revolution, and even further back. I am not really interested in German history before Friedrich der Grosse, though. But I am a big believer in doing background reading into a period to better understand the social and political millieu. Can you reccomend any good books on the 1848 revolution? English or German would be OK. Actually, a couple of good German books would do my German wonders! biggrin.gif

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