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17-05-2013, 06:58 AM
How did you get interested in history?
How did you get interested in history? Did you stumble upon it yourself, or was it a certain person in your life? My 5th grade history teacher Mrs. Johnson got me interested in Egyptian mythology. From there, I moved onto Greek, Norse, and eventually Chinese mythology. I found the latter so interesting that I wanted to learn more about Chinese history. I later moved onto the history of other cultures once I learned how they had influenced or were influenced by China.
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17-05-2013, 07:15 AM
RE: How did you get interested in history?
I never thought about how I became interested in history...

I guess it started with war. I loved playing with little army figures as a kid, as boys do, and my father was often watching some documentary like "As It Happened" or their ilk on SBS. I guess that just rubbed off on me, I have not really strayed from that interest yet; War history is the history I love so dear.

One of my fondest childhood memories was when my father took me to the Keswik Barracks (where he apparently train for some time) to have a look at the war museum there. Absolutely fascinating. Though I must admit, I am less interested by the ribbons and uniforms as I am the weapons, battles and conflicts.

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20-05-2013, 07:53 AM
RE: How did you get interested in history?
Well....while in school (college), I had to take a course in Ancient History...absolutely boring (got an "F"...would have gotten lower, but the university didn't have anything lower).
Then...some years later, I took an "at home" course in Ancient History....actually learned something!
Then, my spouse went "re-birther", and I've been digging into the period from about 600B CE to about 400 CE.
Also, if a period or event "catches my eye" I can divert my attentions to it (like Custer, the Victorian era, Dark Ages, the Romans, the Egyptians, early US history, the Middle Ages, and so forth).
Actually, I find history to be lots of fun!
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20-05-2013, 08:31 AM (This post was last modified: 20-05-2013 08:42 AM by Full Circle.)
RE: How did you get interested in history?
When I was 6 years old my parents took me to see the Spanish fortress of San Juan de San Felipe del Morro http://www.nps.gov/saju/index.htm
(CHeck out the virtual tour of this place, it'll blow your mind as to the sheer size and amzing architecture. Sir Francis Drake attacked it without success)

I have been hooked on the New World "contact" period ever since. Then, of course, I wanted to dig for dinosaurs when I was 10 (I have spent some time digging in the Green River, Wyoming area for fossilized sea critters), eventually I made it to Europe and had to visit all the medieval castles, afterwards traveled to the Pacific rim to dive the sunken ships from WWII...

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28-05-2013, 11:03 PM
Re: How did you get interested in history?
For me, it's much like the IP.

My 6th grade social studies teacher was a great storyteller and I really got into mythology and history because of that class. I still recall learning about the Mesopotamians in thrilling excitement.

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30-05-2013, 10:36 AM
RE: How did you get interested in history?
For me this is only an interest about old things. I have the need to know and I don't know what is the exact reason.
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08-06-2013, 05:12 PM
RE: How did you get interested in history?
It kind of runs in the family. My grandparents used to deal in antiquities. I just gre up in an enviroment where it's often discussed.
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08-06-2013, 05:38 PM
RE: How did you get interested in history?
I tend to get interested in things that happened during my lifetime that are now history (yeah, I am that old). Things that I was aware of but really didn't know a lot of details - 60s and 70s in particular. The Kennedy family, Viet Nam, that kind of thing. I had a vague idea of what happened due to news and the paper and hearing the adults talk. In later years I studied and fill in some of the blanks. The images in my mind made better sense then.

I remember seeing Kennedy give speeches on TV, I remember his funeral. I remember the moon landing and The Beatles coming to America for the first time. I knew guys that served in VN and guys that were coming close on the draft. Civil rights events that were going on caused the most argument among the adults around me. Of course I was just behind the kids that went to Woodstock and know the protest songs of that time.

There was a period of time when I was all into Egypt...for a while. Then I got into reading and studying other things.

Note: not a post to bring out the conspiracy whacks...just answering the OPs question.

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08-06-2013, 06:18 PM
RE: How did you get interested in history?
My family went on a month-long tour of American Civil War sites/museums when I was young, but I really became interested in US history in high school. I had an excellent teacher for Advanced Placement US History. She was very tough though. We read at least 20 pages from each of our 3 text books every night and turned in a report on the reading each day. I don't remember the other books, but I still have my copy of A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn. That teacher is probably the reason my sister chose to become a professor of political science.

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11-06-2013, 09:09 PM
RE: How did you get interested in history?
I've loved general history more or less all my life, starting with mideval and native american stuff, then I got obsessed with the civil war (on the southern side... But not because of slavery or God and country), and right now im absolutely immersed in the history of the evolution of the Indo-European language family.
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