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    (Original post by Incarnadine91)
    Yay another historian! Good choice of subject No, they won't be - I think of the five books I bought from my summer reading list I only used two in any great detail, and only then for revision. In fact, I don't think my tutor in Hilary ever set any of the reading list books for essays at all! It's a good idea to have a book (or books) on hand that give you the basic facts about a given period for when you're at home, but Oxford's library system is good enough that when you're at uni you can depend on it without much trouble. So yes, get one or two for each module (you'll get new lists each holiday) but no more than that. I wouldn't fuss too much about reading them before you get there, either - you won't know what you need until you're set an essay, and then you pick things up as you go along.

    As I said to deFossard, I'm happy to answer any history-related questions you might have! What papers are you doing this year?
    Best choice of subject Thanks for replying, you've put my mind at rest I've only chosen my British History module and Approaches so far, and have decided on the 18th century (as it's probably the period I know the least about) and Art and History, and Anthropology and History. Very much looking forward to Art and History... Currently battling through a book on the development of the working class in the late 1700s Which did you study?
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    (Original post by shoshin)
    I read somewhere on TSR that we will hardly need to buy any when we're there, because the Bod will have 'em. This is sometimes cited as one of the reasons why Oxford is a lot cheaper for students than people think.

    btw I've also found that Google Books has previews of quite a few of the books on my list; sometimes whole chapters
    That's a relief then, especially since in the case of one of the books my list, the cheapest I could find it for was £20 (most expensive £60!)
    Google Books was my main resource for History coursework lead to a very extensive bibliography...
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    (Original post by brendan.)
    I did! Have you replied to the email they gave us, and if you did.. have they replied?
    Yeah I emailed them, they haven't replied.
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    (Original post by Babs12123)
    Sorry to butt in, but I've replied to the email and sent off the paperwork and haven't heard anything. I'm assuming it's normal
    Ah, no worries! Butt in whenever you feel like it. That's good then, I was beginning to think they were deciding to withdraw their offer! :grin:
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    (Original post by Noble.)
    Yeah I emailed them, they haven't replied.
    Okay, thanks!
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    Hi, has anyone on here joined the Oxford Union already? I don't know whether to join soon, do we get information in our Freshers Packs? Also, I can see that one can join the Union now on their website, is it worth doing?
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    Hi, has anyone on here joined the Oxford Union already? I don't know whether to join soon, do we get information in our Freshers Packs? Also, I can see that one can join the Union now on their website, is it worth doing?
    Thanks
    I was tempted, but I didn't really feel like losing that much money from my account while I'm still hanging out in Berlin spending my savings. I imagine we'll get information in the freshers' stuff too.
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    (Original post by dbmag9)
    I was tempted, but I didn't really feel like losing that much money from my account while I'm still hanging out in Berlin spending my savings. I imagine we'll get information in the freshers' stuff too.
    I vaguely remember reading that there's some 10% discount if you join before 2nd week. Apparently you can't join till you are 18 and I turn 18 only in 3rd week. fml, still asking for that discount.
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    (Original post by rohitronaldo)
    I vaguely remember reading that there's some 10% discount if you join before 2nd week. Apparently you can't join till you are 18 and I turn 18 only in 3rd week. fml, still asking for that discount.
    Where did you hear that one has to be 18 to join?
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    (Original post by Yafoubnx)
    Where did you hear that one has to be 18 to join?
    Oh I tried signing up online here: http://www.oxford-union.org/joining/join
    it required me to enter my birth date and subsequently told me to piss off till I'm an adult.

    The discount is available till 20th October and I turn 18 on 21st October......................... ..........this is very very very frustrating.
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    (Original post by rohitronaldo)
    Oh I tried signing up online here: http://www.oxford-union.org/joining/join
    it required me to enter my birth date and subsequently told me to piss off till I'm an adult.

    The discount is available till 20th October and I turn 18 on 21st October......................... ..........this is very very very frustrating.
    Oh dear! Well, that's very very bad for me as well. You're lucky though, at least you turn 18 in October.
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    (Original post by rohitronaldo)
    Oh I tried signing up online here: http://www.oxford-union.org/joining/join
    it required me to enter my birth date and subsequently told me to piss off till I'm an adult.

    The discount is available till 20th October and I turn 18 on 21st October......................... ..........this is very very very frustrating.
    you can go down to the union in person to sign up once you get to oxford, and they might be able to do it without you being 18 yet. not 100% sure, but worth a try
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    (Original post by laura_bird88)
    Best choice of subject Thanks for replying, you've put my mind at rest I've only chosen my British History module and Approaches so far, and have decided on the 18th century (as it's probably the period I know the least about) and Art and History, and Anthropology and History. Very much looking forward to Art and History... Currently battling through a book on the development of the working class in the late 1700s Which did you study?
    Nice! Yeah, I had the same sort of idea, only the area I knew least about was medieval britain (Brit II, 1042-1330). It's a good idea to get an overview of the things you don't understand in your first year, so you have a better choice in your second and third. I did Approaches too, with a focus on Anthropology and Sociology (with a little bit of Gender), it was great fun In Hilary I did General III (1400-1650) and finally in Trinity I did Witchcraft and Witch-hunting in Early Modern Europe, which was basically the best paper ever You sound like you're on track, good luck!

    (Original post by ilikecheesytea)
    Hi, has anyone on here joined the Oxford Union already? I don't know whether to join soon, do we get information in our Freshers Packs? Also, I can see that one can join the Union now on their website, is it worth doing?
    Thanks
    There's no rush, I joined in second week and they processed my application in about five minutes at the desk. Wait until you have your fresher's pack at least, there'll be a lot of information and a copy of the form in it! Also, it helps to take your time and decide if you really want to spend that much money...

    (Original post by rohitronaldo)
    Oh I tried signing up online here: http://www.oxford-union.org/joining/join
    it required me to enter my birth date and subsequently told me to piss off till I'm an adult.

    The discount is available till 20th October and I turn 18 on 21st October......................... ..........this is very very very frustrating.
    I'm sure they will understand something like that, if you go in when you get there and tell them you might still be able to get a discount. If not, there is an option to pay £14 a month rather than all of it upfront, which might help you manage your finances if you can't get money off.
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    (Original post by rohitronaldo)
    Oh I tried signing up online here: http://www.oxford-union.org/joining/join
    it required me to enter my birth date and subsequently told me to piss off till I'm an adult.

    The discount is available till 20th October and I turn 18 on 21st October......................... ..........this is very very very frustrating.
    I'm sure if you do it on paper or in person they won't make a fuss about whether you're 18 or 17.98.
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    Hello!!

    I've not posted for a while because I have received my reading list and am, therefore, being kept very busy. I have a problem though....

    On my reading list (English, Lincoln) are two books by Elizabeth Gaskell, and having read one of them I have fallen completely in love. I have also seen the BBC adaptation of another of her works, North and South, and I really want to read it. However it is not on the list. I'm already behind on the reading list, even if I now only read only the ones that the tutor told me were essential i'm not certain i'll finish them all. Now, I am a fast reader, if easily distracted (hence no student room), and I reckon I would be excited enough to devote an all nighter to North.... And I have a kindle so it would be fairly cheap and no fafffing around with the postal service. But I do worry that I should perhaps be reading from the list, which isn't a hardship for me, but I want to read more Gaskell!!! What should I do? Buy the book, claiming wider reading, or keep focused on the job in hand?

    On a slightly related note, the book I am reading at the moment is by Ruskin, and is the nearest to philosophy that I have ever read. Now it's probably no Nietsche ( is there a z in there somewhere?) or plato, but it is slow reading more because I have to stop and think so much about what I am reading. Does anyone else find this? That your reading speed slows not because the words are particularly difficult or because the style is particularly dry, but because you're having to consider every sentence before carrying on. After a while my brain feels stodged with new ideas, I have to have some poetry next to me to give my brain a rest between chapters!!

    How is everyone else finding the reading lists? Good luck by the way, and thanks in advance for any advice. Sorry for the long post.
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    Hello!!

    I've not posted for a while because I have received my reading list and am, therefore, being kept very busy. I have a problem though....

    On my reading list (English, Lincoln) are two books by Elizabeth Gaskell, and having read one of them I have fallen completely in love. I have also seen the BBC adaptation of another of her works, North and South, and I really want to read it. However it is not on the list. I'm already behind on the reading list, even if I now only read only the ones that the tutor told me were essential i'm not certain i'll finish them all. Now, I am a fast reader, if easily distracted (hence no student room), and I reckon I would be excited enough to devote an all nighter to North.... And I have a kindle so it would be fairly cheap and no fafffing around with the postal service. But I do worry that I should perhaps be reading from the list, which isn't a hardship for me, but I want to read more Gaskell!!! What should I do? Buy the book, claiming wider reading, or keep focused on the job in hand?

    On a slightly related note, the book I am reading at the moment is by Ruskin, and is the nearest to philosophy that I have ever read. Now it's probably no Nietsche ( is there a z in there somewhere?) or plato, but it is slow reading more because I have to stop and think so much about what I am reading. Does anyone else find this? That your reading speed slows not because the words are particularly difficult or because the style is particularly dry, but because you're having to consider every sentence before carrying on. After a while my brain feels stodged with new ideas, I have to have some poetry next to me to give my brain a rest between chapters!!

    How is everyone else finding the reading lists? Good luck by the way, and thanks in advance for any advice. Sorry for the long post.
    Finish the reading list and treat yourself to North and South at the end

    Nietzsche is quite difficult to read, and Plato is somewhat complex but a bit better. I've tried reading Thus Spake Zarathustra and Beyond Good and Evil, and The Republic, and The Republic is the only one with which I've made headway. I agree with the complexity of it all :/
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    I've come to escape from the misery of the 'recent riots' forum in Current Events. It's fun trolling people, but Oxford chat is just so, SO much nicer. I'm going achingly slowly with my French translation, I'm determined not to cheat and just make notes from my Penguin translation. But it is tempting.
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    I'm teaching myself to write English in Cyrillic, before I plunge into Russian.
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    фор ехампле, тчис ис цыриллиц ат итс бест. и тчинк. и чопе...
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    Hello offer-holders!

    I currently hold an offer for English, and was wondering how far into reading lists people are? I've just come back from holiday and, basically, have read nothing since finishing A-Levels!
    I haven't received a reading list from the college, although I presume (results pending) after the 18th August they might send one perhaps?!?
    What sort of things are people reading to prepare themselves for first year? I know we do Victorian, although I'm not sure I have time now to read several 500+ page books :/ , and I've read things like Beowulf (translated of course!) and The Canterbury Tales (again, sadly, a modern translation) to prepare for the Old-Middle English bits of the first year.
    I was going to just read some Dickens and 19th Century poets, as I've read quite a lot of Gothic and Sensation Novel anyway for my own enjoyment, but I imagine we do more than the 'obvious' writers, and I don't want to be miles behind before term even starts!

    Thank you, sorry for the essay
 
 
 
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