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    Quote Originally Posted by boontito View Post
    Oh yeah, the Dust Bowl! Good one... fascinating time/event.
    An EXCELLENT book on the Dust Bowl----which was certainly longer than just one year!----is The Worst Hard Times.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rasselas View Post
    The era from about 1880-1920. The birth moment of the modern Democrat party (1896, William Jennings Bryan) and the modern presidential campaign (1900, Mark Hanna running the campaign of William McKinley). The introduction of the secret ballot. Huge levels of immigration and industrialization. The Social Gospel. The Scratchers. The Muckrakers. The Silver Question. Rise of American Imperialism
    I have recently developed a rather strong interest in this era, myself. I have been looking for a good book that would cover the political and diplomatic and economic history of this era, mostly from an American perspective. Do you have any recommendations, @Rasselas ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldGaffer View Post
    I read a history of Victorian Era pornography long ago, most interesting.
    Victorian pornography, huh? Those were the folks who were putting COVERS on piano legs, lest the baser instincts of young men be aroused by the sight of a nude piano leg.

    I bet they were actually showing women's THIGHS in Victorian pornography, the sickos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by boontito View Post
    I like that TN history one.

    There's a lot of very cool history that we sometimes never learn or explore because it's more localized as regional, state, or community history. It can often be more fascinating and interesting than one of the many homogenized looks at a national or worldwide topic.

    (not knocking the big history subjects... just appreciating the small)
    Growing up in Iowa, taking a course on the History of Iowa was a required class, and if my memory is serving me correctly, it was in 6th grade. And I DID like it, though I have always been more interested in 'the larger picture'. Macro-history, you might call it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blues63 View Post
    Personally, I'm very interested in the Late Roman Period (from Anastasius I to Focas), and am well versed in the study of Byzantine Numismatics. I've studied Ancient History & the Classics and I am familiar with most Greco-Roman original sources (From the Iliad to Late Antiquity).
    Not too many Americans study the history of the Byzantine Empire. We should. The Byzantine Empire was one of the world's major powers, from its beginning right up to the cataclysmic Battle of Manzikert, in the year 1071 AD, when they lost control of nearly all of Anatolia to the Turks.
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    My favorite eras of history are the early decades of the 23rd century, with the rise of Zintorianism, the new religion originating on Mars and spreading throughout the Solar System like a wildfire, and then the Great Migrations of the late 24th century, with billions of humans moving to all the new worlds opened up by the invention of the Chandramouli Drive, and....

    Whoops. It just occurred to me that I am not supposed to be telling you people all of this. I hope I haven't changed history. I could be in BIG trouble.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigLeRoy View Post
    My favorite eras of history are the early decades of the 23rd century, with the rise of Zintorianism, the new religion originating on Mars and spreading throughout the Solar System like a wildfire, and then the Great Migrations of the late 24th century, with billions of humans moving to all the new worlds opened up by the invention of the Chandramouli Drive, and....

    Whoops. It just occurred to me that I am not supposed to be telling you people all of this. I hope I haven't changed history. I could be in BIG trouble.....
    I also like the era of the big Bang, which is simultaneously in our past and future. We develop a weapon that rips a hole in the space time continuum and resets the universe. We created ourselves! Amazing time!

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    Early 20th century. The Jazz Age, the Depression, WWI, etc.

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    If I were born 100 years from now I think I'd be fascinated with the time we're living through right now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by boontito View Post
    If I were born 100 years from now I think I'd be fascinated with the time we're living through right now.
    Old Chinese curse:. May you live in interesting times.
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