Do you prefer the social or military aspects of history?

Jun 2015
The Former British Empire
Title says it all- do you prefer the social or military aspects of history? I say social- but I appreciate a good battle!! And some of my favorite historical figures were great military tacticians, and are so for that reason...


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Oct 2009
Both, more or less equally actually. I find myself drifting closer to the social aspect as I get older, though.
Oct 2011
Gwendraeth Valley, Carmarthenshire, Wales.
Loved battles only as a child but later mainly social history. However hope to read shortly a couple of books from the library on Waterloo which I visited in the 1990s.
Apr 2016
A mix of both actually as I like to read of personal accounts from military battles, or how they affected the noble and common grunt alike. WW1 is a ''goldmine'' in that regard.
Jan 2015
Ontario, Canada
All these perspectives of history are important and at times contribute to the other. That said I find social history to be extremely boring or at times irritating and hard as hell to understand why a certain person or movement did what it did. Military history is just awesome though and far more interesting and engaging in my opinion.
Aug 2012
Social. War is a foolish endeavour - and the only good I can see from it is the art it inspires, from suits of armour to great tapestries, to stories and song.
But social history, folklore, mythology, religion, politics, I find that infinitely more intriguing.