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To get this new subforum off to a start I thought it would be good for there to be one initial thread whereby we can introduce topics for wider discussion and talk about your favourite periods and topics. Ah, and so we can express gratitude for the work the mods and admins have done creating this forum. :awesome:

First of all, then, what are your favourite periods and topics?

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Awesome. Thanks mods!

I was considering trying to see whether we could get a few people together who would be up for leading discussion in different areas (creating threads, and such, basically).
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I'm interested in medieval and German history, mainly.
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Mmmmm. I like my Russia c.1825-1936.
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What is history???????

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What is history???????

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Just one ******* thing after another.
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Just one ******* thing after another.
Exactly.
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Argh. Purely theoretical historiography FTL.

My periods are: The Spanish Revolution and Civil War, the English Revolution, Left-wing revolutions 1792-1956ish, WWII, Napoleon, his Marshals and the 20 years war, and post-9/11 International Security... Plus a variety of other stuff. Although generally not social or gender history.

EDIT: I'm also a big fat marxist, in a lot of ways.
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EDIT: I'm also a big fat marxist, in a lot of ways.
One of my history teachers was a feminist marxist historian
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Hmmmm....I've heard it said that the past is what happened and history is what the past is as seen through the eyes of historians, including any bias or theories the historian has.
The past stays the same, history is subject to change.
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I would call myself a novice on British colonial history, India and Ireland in particular.
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That I know a bit about: Spanish Civil War, Second World War, Russian Revolution, Scottish Enlightenment.

That I'd like to know a lot more about: The Crusades, American War of Independence and Civil War, The Fenian Uprising and a whole lot more.
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Things I'm know a decent amount about (though very very far from an expert) - Russian Revolution, the Crusades, WWII, Industrial Revolution, American Revolution, Nazi Germany.

Things I'm studying this year - Marxism, 20th Century Germany, Britain Since 1945, History of Western Political Thought, Revolutions since 1789 (mainly interpreting, explaining them and such).

Things I'm not studying but want to know more about - the USSR under Lenin and Stalin, the Spanish Civil War, the development of free trade and the history of capitalism in general.

This forum is going to get completely abused by me every week wanting to discuss topics from my classes, so hopefully we can get a good little community going.

Who here is studying history at Uni or has done in the past?
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Things I'm know a decent amount about (though very very far from an expert) - Russian Revolution, the Crusades, WWII, Industrial Revolution, American Revolution, Nazi Germany.

Things I'm studying this year - Marxism, 20th Century Germany, Britain Since 1945, History of Western Political Thought, Revolutions since 1789 (mainly interpreting, explaining them and such).

Things I'm not studying but want to know more about - the USSR under Lenin and Stalin, the Spanish Civil War, the development of free trade and the history of capitalism in general.

This forum is going to get completely abused by me every week wanting to discuss topics from my classes, so hopefully we can get a good little community going.

Who here is studying history at Uni or has done in the past?
I will be doing a smattering of History this year, but that's sort of it.
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(Original post by Jay Riall)
Things I'm know a decent amount about (though very very far from an expert) - Russian Revolution, the Crusades, WWII, Industrial Revolution, American Revolution, Nazi Germany.

Things I'm studying this year - Marxism, 20th Century Germany, Britain Since 1945, History of Western Political Thought, Revolutions since 1789 (mainly interpreting, explaining them and such).

Things I'm not studying but want to know more about - the USSR under Lenin and Stalin, the Spanish Civil War, the development of free trade and the history of capitalism in general.

This forum is going to get completely abused by me every week wanting to discuss topics from my classes, so hopefully we can get a good little community going.

Who here is studying history at Uni or has done in the past?
I studied IR, which is pretty historical, depending on how you choose your modules/electives...
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hehe thanks guys , it's awesome to see discussion taking place already! There's a significant potential for intellectualhistorical debate here and I look forward to iuts flourishing
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Should we have general discussion threads for particular topics? I've started at thread about it here: http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show...2#post21323792
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I've got a fairly wide range of historical interests to be honest.

For my next year for my MPhil I've largely got to look at imperial and global history, while my dissertation focuses upon the history of the BBC and the relationship between the BBC External Services and the British Government over overseas policy in the post-war years.

I've studied Imperial History, Early-Modern British History, Medieval French and British History, Historiography of the Second World War, Ancient Rome and Greece, Hitler, Stalin, British Politics in the Inter-war years.

Other general historical interests include:

Ancient Egypt, Alexander the Great, Roman Generals, China, Japan, India, Genghis Khan, Templar Knights, Iranian History, WW2, Warfare.

The only thing I don't find particularly interesting is American history to be honest.
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Tudor history. =] especially Elizabeth I.
Nazi Germany
Northern Ireland troubles
are my favourites.

Also know a reasonable amount about Cold War and Facist Italy. Starting to do some Ireland 1990-1925 stuff and actually starting to like it.
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Wooo! I guess I should say my favourite period is the subject of my PhD :p: but it's a bit broader than that. I'm a modernist but I don't try to limit myself to just one country so:

Spanish Civil War, Soviet Union pre-1940, the history of the Canadian Maritimes, Revolutions. That's it for the big topics: I think of myself as a post-Thompsonite social historian so when it comes to British history, I go for things like Chartism, the Labour Party (this is my specialism), the history of the British Working Class, the history of Wales and Scotland, and generally the place of socialism and socialist thinking in British political, social, and cultural history.

I also have some more off-the-wall interests such as the development of social responses to mental health, the history of sport, and historiography (though this is quite boring for most people).

I reckon screenshots of our bookshelves :p:
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