Academic Guidance American History vs. Military History

Mar 2018
1
Irving, Texas
#1
I am still a ways off from needing to decide this, but I'd like to get your guy's opinions.

American History:
I am a proud American and love the history of my country very much, from the early signs of trouble between the Colonies and British Empire all the way up to the modern day. But there are some aspects of it that I'm not interested in. These being: much of the early-Colonial period, the various conflicts with the Native Americans (think Gen. Custer), and the more recent conflicts in the Middle East. I find the early-Colonial period to be very boring and relatively uneventful, my opinion of the conflicts with the Native Americans is pretty much the same, and the more recent conflicts in the Middle East, I see as more stagnant militarily and more so about politics than anything else(I'm not interested in politics, especially those of the more recent times).

Military History:
Most of history that I like seems to revolve around the success and failure of militaries. Some of my favorite subjects throughout history are the World Wars, Roman Conquests, and the Warring States period of Japan(Sengoku Jidai). But as with American History, I dislike some periods in this topic as well. Primarily the history of conflicts in Africa, the Middle East, and the Warring States of China(but I haven't looked into this subject for a few years, since before I started to like the Sengoku period of Japan, so I might see if I like it now).

Anyways, I just wanted to know what you guys thought after hearing my opinion on the subjects myself. What do you guys recommend I focus on?
 
Jan 2017
1,142
Durham
#3
I am still a ways off from needing to decide this, but I'd like to get your guy's opinions.

American History:
I am a proud American and love the history of my country very much, from the early signs of trouble between the Colonies and British Empire all the way up to the modern day. But there are some aspects of it that I'm not interested in. These being: much of the early-Colonial period, the various conflicts with the Native Americans (think Gen. Custer), and the more recent conflicts in the Middle East. I find the early-Colonial period to be very boring and relatively uneventful, my opinion of the conflicts with the Native Americans is pretty much the same, and the more recent conflicts in the Middle East, I see as more stagnant militarily and more so about politics than anything else(I'm not interested in politics, especially those of the more recent times).

Military History:
Most of history that I like seems to revolve around the success and failure of militaries. Some of my favorite subjects throughout history are the World Wars, Roman Conquests, and the Warring States period of Japan(Sengoku Jidai). But as with American History, I dislike some periods in this topic as well. Primarily the history of conflicts in Africa, the Middle East, and the Warring States of China(but I haven't looked into this subject for a few years, since before I started to like the Sengoku period of Japan, so I might see if I like it now).

Anyways, I just wanted to know what you guys thought after hearing my opinion on the subjects myself. What do you guys recommend I focus on?
I'd focus on your interests.

I'm similar in that much of British history doesn't interest me. Not interested in the Roman, Anglo Saxon or Celtic periods, or whom was King or Queen at whatever point in time, or anything to do with the British Empire. But, what I am interested in is Britain's relations with other countries after say 1800, the Industrial Revolution and British social history.

I think the United States has a very interesting history, none more so than the political basis of the United States, so were I you I'd focus on the ideas underpinning the inception of the United States. I think the question of what the people who formed the initial governments of the United States were trying to achieve is an interesting one, and it's not a clear cut argument.
 

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Ad Honorem
May 2016
4,723
Portugal
#4
I am still a ways off from needing to decide this, but I'd like to get your guy's opinions.

American History:
I am a proud American and love the history of my country very much, from the early signs of trouble between the Colonies and British Empire all the way up to the modern day. But there are some aspects of it that I'm not interested in. These being: much of the early-Colonial period, the various conflicts with the Native Americans (think Gen. Custer), and the more recent conflicts in the Middle East. I find the early-Colonial period to be very boring and relatively uneventful, my opinion of the conflicts with the Native Americans is pretty much the same, and the more recent conflicts in the Middle East, I see as more stagnant militarily and more so about politics than anything else(I'm not interested in politics, especially those of the more recent times).

Military History:
Most of history that I like seems to revolve around the success and failure of militaries. Some of my favorite subjects throughout history are the World Wars, Roman Conquests, and the Warring States period of Japan(Sengoku Jidai). But as with American History, I dislike some periods in this topic as well. Primarily the history of conflicts in Africa, the Middle East, and the Warring States of China(but I haven't looked into this subject for a few years, since before I started to like the Sengoku period of Japan, so I might see if I like it now).

Anyways, I just wanted to know what you guys thought after hearing my opinion on the subjects myself. What do you guys recommend I focus on?
Hi, and welcome!

I don’t have an answer for you. Probably I have more questions than answers.

I didn’t understood if you are asking to the community of this forum on what you should focus on a personal interest basis or on an academic/professional basis. What was it?

You stated that you are a “proud American”. Being a proud citizen of your country is certainly positive in my opinion, but it doesn’t have to have a direct relation with history as a human and social science.

That pride (i.e. bias) should be put aside as much as possible (even if it is impossible to completely forget it) when you study, research and express yourself about history. Only that way, and with the right tools, we achieve a more impartial analysis, either in American History (your case), Portuguese History (my case), Military history, or any other history field.

Many historians or students today choose a field, like Military history, Economic history… but it is also common to choose a field based on the timeline: Ancient Period, Classic, Medieval, Early Modern, Contemporary … or geographical area: America(s), Asia, Europe, Africa…
 
Apr 2018
726
France
#5
Hello HHiltonHudson. Well, it depends on what you want to do. You could decide to read 2 books about he things you like and one about other periods, so you can read in deep what you like and be able to have a general view of the events.
This is up to you, according to what you want to do and why you do.
 

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