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Old August 24th, 2008, 01:22 PM   #31

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Welcome Sharon. I hope you enjoy your stay here.
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Old September 26th, 2008, 02:55 PM   #32
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I am HistoryBuff7. (my parents wanted a unique name) My friends call me Lucas. I am 14 years old and attend Draughn High School. History fascinates me, the WWII period interests me the most. I can't really give you many details because I don't want to give out too much private information and because I haven't existed for that long.
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Old September 26th, 2008, 04:16 PM   #33

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Hello Lucas. I've read enough of your posts to know that you've already learned a lot in 14 1/2 years & hope you have a long, bright future ahead of you.
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Old September 28th, 2008, 04:01 PM   #34

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I know I've already said hello, but thought I would say a little about myself. I am a 51 year male living in the Orkney Isles, NE Scotland. I was born in Hereford, England, spent most of my childhood in Worcestershire. Lived in Middlesex for six months (as a volutary worker), same job in Peterborough where I met my wife 24 years ago. I left school at 15 with no academic qualifications, I was seriously ill at the time with renal failure. In 1977 at the age of 20 I had two kidney transplants (the first rejecting). Since then I have been catching up on the academic side and pleased to say I've to get my highers in English and Literature, lower certs in Maths, Computer Studies, Norwegian Language and even an O'level in Esperanto (one of the last taken, as it is no longer on any exam board lists). History has always been one of my greatest loves but never been able to study in an academic situation, history was one of the things that kept me alive through the years of illness (apart from a good family, couldn't be bothered to die and a Christian faith), I read, watched and breathed it whenever I could. My favourite areas are WW II, Victorian Britain and American history and a healthy in interests in the Vikings, which helps considering where we now live. Oh yes I am now medically retired, but before that I worked either in factories or the people business plus plenty of voluntary youth work. The reason I joined Historum - I realised that this would be an excellent place to learn more history and talk to othrs on a subject I love without being looked at if I were mental.

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Old September 29th, 2008, 11:18 AM   #35
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Hello Lucas. I've read enough of your posts to know that you've already learned a lot in 14 1/2 years & hope you have a long, bright future ahead of you.
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Old September 29th, 2008, 11:55 AM   #36

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The reason I joined Historum - I realised that this would be an excellent place to learn more history and talk to othrs on a subject I love without being looked at if I were mental.
Robin57, I know what you mean. Over here, "That's history" means "That's irrelevant."
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Old September 29th, 2008, 02:22 PM   #37

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Robin57, I know what you mean. Over here, "That's history" means "That's irrelevant."
I think these days it's the same the World over, to most history is a drag, but it is of vital importance if we are to preserve the future.
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Old September 29th, 2008, 02:34 PM   #38

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Robin57, I know what you mean. Over here, "That's history" means "That's irrelevant."
have you ever heard of / read the russian poet Esenin? a pretty tragic figure by all accounts but still one of the most popular poets in russia from about the end of the nineteenth-century. Before hanging himself in 1925, he had the privilege of visiting the US in 1923. Upon his return, he noted to friends his offense at american's lack of interest in poetry (yeah! he actually found it offensive!). He wrote: 'The supremacy of the dollar has destroyed any striving in them [the americans] for complicated issues. The American is totally involved in beeznis and wants to know nothing else. Art in America is on the lowest level of development.'

it doesn't take much to see the link.

for the record, i disagree with esenin and would question his objectivity.
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Old October 26th, 2008, 10:23 PM   #39

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G'day. I'm Son of Cathal (Born Natham) and I'm an alcoholic. Not really but I could not resist, actually I'm surprised nobody else said it. Anyway. I'm a seventeen year old student from a town just outside of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. I am a firm believer that the key to one's future lies in one's past. I love learning about history, particularly military and my interest first started when a read a book on military vehicle and there was a section on Operation Overlord. Boy, what a topic to start of with. Like, I think it was Robin57, said, I joined Historum to learn more about history and to discuss different aspects of it. I can only speak English though I know turkish, German and Mandalorian swear words. And as you may have been able to tell from that last sentence, I am a Star Wars fan.
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Old January 2nd, 2009, 05:22 AM   #40

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As there are so many interesting subjects on this forum I think I might best start with this thread. Im a 51 year old librarian and archivist. Grew up and always lived in Brussels. I have a wife and two teenage kids.

For about 20 years I worked for the Belgian Post and when I finally decided it was enough, at the age of 42 I started to study history at the university of Brussels, VUB. I graduated with a Ma in history and a post-graduate in archivism. My area of emphasis was the social-economic history of the 19th century with a specialisation in the history of the chamber of commerce of Brussels. Im an historian of contemporary history but I get easily fascinated by any period or subject in history. I just dont understand how other professional historians do to focus on a certain period or subject for most of their time. Lets say I have a slight preference for cultural history. By cultural history I mean the way it is explained by Wikipedia in its common definition since the 1970s, often combines the approaches of anthropology and history to look at popular cultural traditions and cultural interpretations of historical experience. It examines the records and narrative descriptions of past knowledge, customs, and arts of a group of people

My interest also goes to American history. Almost the entire history of the US is contemporary and so belongs to my period of emphasis. In the eighties I used to travel a lot all over the world, lost my heart and soul in the US and for about four years I went several times to Kansas and Colorado. I always kept an interest in the history of these two states.
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