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DaveT

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In Topic: History

15 July 2015 - 09:20 AM

A very vague and unhelpful guide. Why start with world history? Surely there should be enough in a person's life for them to know where they'd like to start. For example, I'm English, and my GF is Belgian-Israeli. If I decided to start learning history, I'm more likely to feel an affinity for English, Belgian, or Israeli history than for a place I've got no personal connection to. If I study world history, I have to start with a specific place, so that's my specific location chosen without having to learn little tidbits about places I don't care about.

I don't need an extensive knowledge of geography to study history. I don't need to know much about Waterloo in a geographical sense except for its rough location, and key features of the battle site, which any half-decent historical narrative (or whatever) of the battle will describe in adequate detail. I don't need to know the layout of Paris, or whence and wither the Seine runs to study the French Revolutions. In fact, beyond the basics (which, again, should be included in the history texts if necessary), I don't need to know any French geography. If I know Paris is the capital of France, and that France is in Western Europe, and that France is just across the English Channel, I have enough geographical knowledge to get started with the history of the French Revolutions.

When learning history, where to start is open to debate; however, IMO it is a good idea to be able to give one's own honest, educated answer to the following questions:
  • What is history?
  • Why do I want to learn history?
  • Which of the different methods of studying and writing history do I most agree with?
After answering those questions, the answers to which should vary from person to person, one might want to begin not with history, but with historiography; this will facilitate the learning of history by giving one a greater understanding of it.

In Topic: A Shameless Worship of Heroes

30 December 2014 - 06:00 PM

For those who don't know, foibles is what cats in Davidm's neighborhood sometimes cough up.

:kitty: "Cough! Cough! I gots foibles!"

In Topic: Ferguson

28 November 2014 - 09:43 PM

View PostDeadCanDance, on 28 November 2014 - 08:36 PM, said:

I must say, these last few posts are top notch in terms of comedic value. I'm here at work, and my fellow coworkers have given me odd looks from the seemingly random and intense bouts of laughter. :)

Now that the thread has been officially derailed, there's much ground to cover.

So, Paul's post asking you to actually back up your assertions was comedic? :scratch:

In Topic: Ferguson

27 November 2014 - 11:50 PM

I'm actually starting to worry about DCD a little.

In Topic: Bullying of sexual/gender minorities

18 November 2014 - 12:05 AM

I didn't write that last post just for shits and giggles, and I'm sure Scotty's last post wasn't entirely in jest, either.

Both of you, before you continue to attack each other, just restrain yourselves from making it too heated. :hand:

I didn't write that last post just for shits and giggles, and I'm sure Scotty's last post wasn't entirely in jest, either.

Both of you, before you continue to attack each other, just restrain yourselves from making it too heated. :hand: