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« Reply #15 on: August 29, 2006, 09:50:57 AM »
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Great gravy!  Illustrious company indeed!  Double major here, History/Art History.  I was part of a focus program dealing with the U.S. Civil War & Reconstruction, my favorite era by far.


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« Reply #16 on: August 30, 2006, 11:19:35 AM »
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Switch over to South American history, so that you'll have an excuse to come visit Uruguay!

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That shouldn't be a problem, I've actually always wanted to see Montevideo, it's how I found out about your blog in the first place...I was loking for game stores there.  I never did find any.
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« Reply #17 on: August 30, 2006, 12:35:01 PM »
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That shouldn't be a problem, I've actually always wanted to see Montevideo, it's how I found out about your blog in the first place...I was loking for game stores there.  I never did find any.


There aren't really any stores in montevideo that sell gaming books; but for most things we could hook you up, don't worry. I don't suffer from any lack of gaming material over here.

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« Reply #18 on: August 30, 2006, 05:02:09 PM »
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My specialty was in religious history.

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As it happens, I ended up taking quite a bit of religious history myself. One of my favorite teachers at Wayne State University was Professor Milton Covensky, a specialist in the history of religion (who had the amazing ability of being able to enunciate like a deity, with an old testament voice, in any language, in every religion he described). No surprise that I ended up taking every class he offered.

Finding a spectacular teacher is how I ended up deeply exploring a lot of different subjects, following them through their entire teaching catalog. I ended up with a good foundation in British History (Goldwin Smith), Japanese History (T.F. Mayer-Oakes) and Ancient History (Findlay Hooper).

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« Reply #19 on: August 30, 2006, 05:12:30 PM »
Wow.
BA History '02. I didn't really emphasize though I did coincidentally do a lot of study about Great Britain and a class on NZ/OZ. I also really enjoyed architechtural history.
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« Reply #20 on: August 30, 2006, 05:42:21 PM »
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a class on NZ/OZ.

"We are the ANZAZ Army!
The A-N-Z-A-C!
We cannot shoot,
We don't salute,
What bloody good are we!?"

One of my favorite WW1 tidbits...a marching song from the ANZACs on their way to Gallipoli.
That class had to rock pretty hard.  I'd love to get more of an opportunity to study australia.

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« Reply #21 on: September 06, 2006, 10:42:58 PM »
Historians and RPGs seem to go together :) My current gaming group has 2 history majors, and my previous group had a history major who now teaches high school history.
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« Reply #22 on: September 07, 2006, 06:12:02 PM »
That makes me the big loser here... I only like history for fun and amateur study, not for a degree program.

Still... at least this thread serves as adaquet notice that I should NOT attempt to comment in the least bit authoratatively on ANY historical topic.  God forbid that I forget the Hittites had pointed toed shoes or something...;)
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« Reply #23 on: September 07, 2006, 08:34:54 PM »
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That makes me the big loser here... I only like history for fun and amateur study, not for a degree program.

Still... at least this thread serves as adaquet notice that I should NOT attempt to comment in the least bit authoratatively on ANY historical topic.  God forbid that I forget the Hittites had pointed toed shoes or something...;)


HA! Same here. Hittites had pointy-toed shoes? :confused:
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« Reply #24 on: September 08, 2006, 10:42:51 AM »
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God forbid that I forget the Hittites had pointed toed shoes or something...;)


Just for clarification, I believe that pointed toed shoes were more characteristic of the Middle Hittite Kingdom (ca. 1500–1430 BC).  The New Hittite Kingdom (the Hittite Empire proper, ca. 1430–1180 BC) saw the rise of the square toed shoe in the ancient Near East.  By the period of the Neo-Hittite city-states of the of the 8th century BC this process was complete, and the wearing of pointed toes shoes had died out...

Naw, I'm just fucking with you.:D People who get too serious about the trivia of history annoy the living shit out of me.  I have known far too many Napoleonic miniatures wargamers who argue about button colors...


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« Reply #25 on: September 08, 2006, 02:33:48 PM »
So did Hittites have pointy-toed shoes or not?
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« Reply #26 on: September 08, 2006, 03:34:49 PM »
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So did Hittites have pointy-toed shoes or not?

Fucked if I know!  And I'm an Assyrian...we ate those guys for breakfast.  :pundit:


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« Reply #27 on: September 08, 2006, 05:20:16 PM »
Yes, teh Hittities were famous for their pointy toed shoes (the elf ones that curl up at the end), though they used the same design element in things like swords too, so I think they just had a thing for curly points..

And pointy toes are STILL popular in Turkey, well some areas anyway...
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« Reply #28 on: September 13, 2006, 10:55:42 AM »
I'm a dropout. So my knowledge of history comes from self-study, and tends to be eclectic. Being a wargamer back when helped. I do know enough to know that the official records are not always an accurate account of what happened.
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« Reply #29 on: September 13, 2006, 11:35:01 AM »
Wow -- lots of historians here!  That's not too surprising, I suppose, as I can imagine how an interest in history could lead one to be interested in RPGs (and vice versa).

I'm a political philosopher myself (BA in political science from U of Toronto; MPhil in political theory from Oxford; and PhD in philosophy from U of Michigan).  

Currently I teach in the philosophy department at Trinity College, University of Dublin.  

You historians might already know that Trinity was established by Queen Elizabeth I in 1592.  Famous alumni include the philosophers George Berkeley and Edmund Burke, and the writers Jonathan Swift and Samuel Beckett.  As a Protestant institution, Catholic Irish were for many centuries suspicious of Trinity.  Until the mid-1960s, Catholics who attended Trinity could be excommunicated by the Church unless they received special permission to attend.  That's all in the past, though, as today most (80 percent) of the students are Catholic.
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