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09-03-2015, 08:09 PM
RE: How did you get interested in history?
(28-08-2013 12:09 PM)Lightvader Wrote:  I hate history class,so...

Those who fail history are condemned to repeat the class.

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21-03-2015, 03:36 PM
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I can't remember ever not being fascinated by history. I can remember insisting that my parents took me to visit castles even when I was a very young child. The desire to learn about archaeology was a result of wanting more tangible evidence of the history that interested me.

That has always been ancient history. The bronze age in particular with a special fondness for metal smelting.
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09-04-2015, 03:45 AM
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(21-03-2015 03:36 PM)Cornelia Wrote:  I can't remember ever not being fascinated by history. I can remember insisting that my parents took me to visit castles even when I was a very young child. The desire to learn about archaeology was a result of wanting more tangible evidence of the history that interested me.

Same with me. Where I grew up there are a lot of Roman ruins, medieval castles and old villages and towns. I always tried to imagine what life has been like for these people. Still do some times when seeing some old piece of equipment or building. I still have a small collection of Roman nails and pieces of glass I dug up in our garden when I was a child.

So when I went to university, it was a given that I would study history.
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11-04-2015, 12:22 PM
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A few things. I got into military history due to my grandfather, who died in a B-17 over Germany in 1943. I wanted to learn about this man I'd never met.

When I lived in Iran as a boy, there was no English-language TV, but I did have the company of an Encyclopedia Americana set that was heavy on history.

And when the revolution which would overthrow the Shah started unfolding in 1978, I realized I was watching history in action, and I wanted to know why I was seeing what I was seeing. I've spent the years since then informally studying history and international relations.
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20-04-2015, 10:49 AM
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(17-05-2013 06:58 AM)ghostexorcist Wrote:  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.

I was interested in history since my father told me bedtime stories and it just progressed. Now I'm really interested in early years of Soviet Union and Final Solutions and reasons for this crime.

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28-04-2015, 02:41 AM
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I fell head over heels in love with history in college. Moreover, my professor was not so bad either. Big Grin I have always been fascinated with " how things came to be". I read books by authors: Howard Zinn, Karen Armstrong, and Jared Diamond. I fell more in love with history. Thus, I am a history minor. If it would fit with what I aspire to be, I would major in it.Heart

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28-04-2015, 02:49 AM
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(28-04-2015 02:41 AM)Hypatia069 Wrote:  I fell head over heels in love with history in college. Moreover, my professor was not so bad either. Big Grin I have always been fascinated with " how things came to be". I read books by authors: Howard Zinn, Karen Armstrong, and Jared Diamond. I fell more in love with history. Thus, I am a history minor. If it would fit with what I aspire to be, I would major in it.Heart

History only really gets good at the college level here in the United States, because so much of the what passes for 'history' in elementary and high school is nothing but white-washed propagandist dross.

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28-04-2015, 05:24 AM
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(28-04-2015 02:49 AM)EvolutionKills Wrote:  
(28-04-2015 02:41 AM)Hypatia069 Wrote:  I fell head over heels in love with history in college. Moreover, my professor was not so bad either. Big Grin I have always been fascinated with " how things came to be". I read books by authors: Howard Zinn, Karen Armstrong, and Jared Diamond. I fell more in love with history. Thus, I am a history minor. If it would fit with what I aspire to be, I would major in it.Heart

History only really gets good at the college level here in the United States, because so much of the what passes for 'history' in elementary and high school is nothing but white-washed propagandist dross.

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Sadly it is not much better in Poland. But then how many countries do otherwise? During my courses I had an opportunity to look on German textbooks and while I wouldn't call them propaganda they were certainly different than Polish ones.

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28-04-2015, 06:54 AM
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(28-04-2015 05:24 AM)Szuchow Wrote:  
(28-04-2015 02:49 AM)EvolutionKills Wrote:  History only really gets good at the college level here in the United States, because so much of the what passes for 'history' in elementary and high school is nothing but white-washed propagandist dross.

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Sadly it is not much better in Poland. But then how many countries do otherwise? During my courses I had an opportunity to look on German textbooks and while I wouldn't call them propaganda they were certainly different than Polish ones.

Not sure I could tell you. I mean, I can understanding having a different perspective or emphasis from country to country in how they cover something like the First Word War and their involvement in it. But then there is the white-washing bullshit we get here in the States; like the myth-making behind Christopher Columbus, the lionization of the Founding Fathers, and the selective memory that forgets the socialism of Helen Keller and the racism of President Woodrow Wilson. Everyone is a hero, nobody has any flaws, and they're all so bland as to make them all uninteresting caricatures of human beings; and in the process of losing their flaws, they lose their humanity.

Before you hit the college level, American history is nothing but a boring string of mostly white dudes doing shit.

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28-04-2015, 07:14 AM
RE: How did you get interested in history?
(28-04-2015 06:54 AM)EvolutionKills Wrote:  
(28-04-2015 05:24 AM)Szuchow Wrote:  Sadly it is not much better in Poland. But then how many countries do otherwise? During my courses I had an opportunity to look on German textbooks and while I wouldn't call them propaganda they were certainly different than Polish ones.

Not sure I could tell you. I mean, I can understanding having a different perspective or emphasis from country to country in how they cover something like the First Word War and their involvement in it. But then there is the white-washing bullshit we get here in the States; like the myth-making behind Christopher Columbus, the lionization of the Founding Fathers, and the selective memory that forgets the socialism of Helen Keller and the racism of President Woodrow Wilson. Everyone is a hero, nobody has any flaws, and they're all so bland as to make them all uninteresting caricatures of human beings; and in the process of losing their flaws, they lose their humanity.

Before you hit the college level, American history is nothing but a boring string of mostly white dudes doing shit.

Polish history isn't much better. You do not hear that Bolesław Chrobry Poland first crowned king was rapist, or that his politics was less than excelent till the college, school try to brainwash you into thinking that years 1945-1989 (years of "friendship" with USRR) were nothing more than disaster, you do not hear about catholic church screwing Poland for it's own gain.

Polish history is one of idealizing or demonizing, there is hardly middle ground. Generally speaking only in college one could expect something better.

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