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Monday, April 7th, 2008
9:00 am - Time traveller and Napoleon

 Hello! I am math teacher  and ,actually I am writing books that help me to share my teachings: math + art + Science and history

It is a way to demystify those subjects
Mathematics is always present in the solution of enigmas, tactics and decision making in epic battles and during the investigation of a mystery.
I d like to invite you to read some page:

CAIUS ZIP, The Time Traveller, IN:
How some mathematical calculations can be crucial
for taking strategic decisions in this battle of empires


After the story, in a very original manner, Napoleon tells us his memories of that time.



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Saturday, January 26th, 2008
3:55 pm - hope this is allowed

new community: womeninhistory

to discuss the women who shaped history somehow


current mood: creative

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Friday, November 9th, 2007
6:53 am - time travel and historical fiction

Hi everyone!

What are your favorite books that use time travel as a means of writing fiction about history?

I'll start. Two of mine are
The Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
The House on the Strand by Daphne du Maurier

I'd love to hear yours!

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Monday, August 6th, 2007
8:30 pm - The Count of Montecristo online reading community

Hi everybody!

For those of you who read Italian, I just opened apuntate, a community where we read and discuss books together chapter by chapter.

The first novel running is The Count of Montecristo, Alexandre Dumas père’s most famous novel (starting today!), an engrossing story of love, betrayal and vengeance… if you’re interested, feel free to join us and spread the word! :)

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Friday, May 4th, 2007
2:48 pm - Request

I am just starting to get interested in history after loathing it in school classes. I realized that it can actually be interesting when it's not just facts and dates but stories of real things that happened to real people.

I'm looking for some recommendations for some non-fiction books that are relatively short (not kids' picture books but also not giant anthologies) about some different periods in American history that I don't know much about but would like to know more about. I want books that read more like a novel and less like a textbook. But I want good, true history as well. They don't have to be overarching and completely encompassing the whole period or war, because those are generally not detailed enough to be interesting. However, I want more than just "this woman's story," because those stories tend to not be connected enough to the event itself. I'm interested in things like why events happened or were important. I'd rather read four really great short and well-written novels about battles that George Washington led in the Revolutionary War, the drafting of the declaration of independence, what role women had in the war, and how the British fighting style was used against them, then one long book that encompasses all that in a dry and boring style.

The periods I'm interested in reading more about are both World Wars, the revolutionary war, the Korean conflict, and the Great Depression.

Thank you in advance for any recommendations. I'm sorry if I sound really specific but I figure the more specific I was the more likely I was to get recommendations that I would enjoy.

Cross posted to two other communities.

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Wednesday, June 28th, 2006
9:44 pm

Apologies in advance if this isn't allowed, but I've just discovere dBookHopper, and thought it might appeal to some of the people in this community.

Basically, it's a free book-swapping site - it's based in the UK, but international swaps are fine - and it's kind of like BookCrossing without the chance element. Basically you register, 'offer' at least three books for sale, and from there you can start requesting books listed by other people, who will send them to you for nothing. If anyone requests one of yours, you send it to them (you have to pay the postage, but you're not paying anything for the books you send out, so it sort of works itself out). They don't have to be direct swaps - if A lists a book and B requests it, A doesn't have to take a book from B; they can pick one from C if they like. It's like a communal book box that everyone pays into and withdraws from.

Anyway, I've just listed a bunch of my old books on there, and if we get a few more bodies (and books) on there, I think it could be a rather spiffy thing indeed.

Check it out:

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Saturday, April 8th, 2006
10:08 am - Emperor: The Gates of Rome

So I got the second one in this series from my brother in law for Christmas, which meant I had to go and buy the first one - this one. I just finished reading it. It's a fictionalised account of Julius Caesar's life. Starts off with he and his friend Marcus growing up on a little estate... learning about how to be good Romans... he's called Gaius, and that's all, until about page 440 (it's a bit over 600 pages long); he then finally gets called Gaius Julius Caesar - I was impressed that the author (Conn Iggulden) had managed to do that, actually (Marcus' full name isn't revealed until the very last page).

It's very well-written, and extremely readable. If you are a really serious fan of Roman history and take exception to any sort of poetic licence, don't read it: he takes a great deal of liberty when dealing with the interactions between Marius and Sulla, for the sake of the story (he says; he cuts it down to just one big armed confrontation). Overall, though, I thought he did a great job - the characters are believable (and for someone who has only really heard bad things about Cornelia, she's actually ok... so far), the dialogue isn't forced, and I have the second one right here, ready to start (I think there are now four or five in the series).

current mood: sick

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Sunday, April 2nd, 2006
6:14 pm - Jim Henson's Storyteller

I don't know if this is entirely relevant, but I just watched Jim Henson's Storyteller series, doing the Greek Myths. (Hi, I'm new; I love historical fiction!) If you haven't seen this, it's very good. The myths are those of Perseus, Theseus, Orpheus and Daedalus. Michael Gambon as the storyteller is captivating, and something interesting is that most of the actors aren't beautiful - they're just ordinary (although Derek Jacobi as Daedalus was great). Anyway - a plug for a great series!

The other thing that I have recently read is David Gemmell's _Lion of Macedon_ - just the first one so far. It's an interesting take on Alexander, with a slight fantasy element that isn't too overt.

current mood: content

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Saturday, March 18th, 2006
8:43 pm

"Under the rule of man entirely great, the pen is mightier then the sword"
What do you think this quote means in a historical aspect?


What are the events, trends, movements, migrations significant personages that evolved in 3000 B.C. to 1000 A.D in countries and cultures?

Was there a downside of all of this or more of an upside to civilization?

And who is Clayton Bulwar - Litton?

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Sunday, February 19th, 2006
2:23 pm

Hey! I'm new here. My name is Julia and I'm from Chicago. I read constantly... and I read all kinds of things.

Recently, I've become very interested in African American history. What books would you recommend for me to read? I'd prefer well-written nonfiction, but historical fiction would be all right as well. Pretty much any time from when slaves were first brought to the USA from Africa to the 1980s would be interesting to me.

Thank you!!

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Sunday, September 4th, 2005
4:17 pm

Plantagenet fans unite here:


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Tuesday, August 30th, 2005
1:46 pm - For historical fiction writers...

Feel free to delete this if community promotion is not permitted (I did check the community info first and couldn't find anything prohibiting promos), but I thought that some people here may be interested in a new community I've just created.

</a></b></a>histficwriteruk is a place for writers of historical fiction (published or unpublished) to discuss their craft with like-minded writers, get advice, discuss potential publishers and so on. Writers from all countries are welcome, but any info on publishers and the like is mainly (although not exclusively) geared towards the UK. Read the community profile for more information if you're interested.

current mood: busy

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Thursday, May 19th, 2005
6:48 pm

New here.. all that Jazz.
I am looking for some really great, and historically acurate novels dealing with Scotish, Irish or Celtic/Gaelic history. The earlier the better. Suggestions? Thanks.

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Monday, February 14th, 2005
2:11 am


I'm a Classics student with a distinct weakness for historical fiction. I was wodnering if anyone could recommend any good historical fiction set in the ancient Greek or Roman worlds that's fairly historically accurate as well as being well-written.

Thansk in advance,

JK Ashavah

current mood: hopeful

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Wednesday, September 15th, 2004
10:56 pm

Is there such a thing as a comprehensive, balanced history of Israel-Palestine? I'm looking for something that starts in 1948 at the latest. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you very much!

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Thursday, August 26th, 2004
9:50 pm

I'm supposed to write a few paragraphs for each chapter of the book Hell in a Very Small Place.

My Aunt just died, and I have absolutely no time to do anything. It was unexpected and sad. I usually always procrastinate, but the timing was very bad this time.

If any of you know anything about this book, or any websites that have information/summaries, please please help me out.

Thankyou, much appreciated.

current mood: desperate

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Sunday, August 22nd, 2004
12:58 am - Cryptonomicon, by Neal Stephenson

A World War II era book from an author responsible for the technogeek book Snow Crash using attitudinal punchy prose that clings to you and that you eventually come to enjoy.

Involving the intertwined lives of men [and their descendants] involved in a conspiracy around Arethusa and gold bullion, with loads of info about the war, code-breaking techniques and other technical information that tends to pop up, like supposed "Van Eyck" phreaking. A bit of a geeky technical read intertwined with history, this book nevertheless occasionally bows to those who prefer a more nitty gritty experience.

Overall well-balanced, and a fun and quick read.

I also recommend Snow Crash by the same author, although that is more futuristic than historical.

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Monday, October 6th, 2003
2:02 pm

Hi everyone!

My Mom is already asking me what I want for Christmas (she's an early shopper) and I wanted to ask for a few books, but I don't really have any in mind. Can anyone recommend me some good books, either fiction or nonfiction, on American history, especially the Civil War and Revolutionary War periods? I'd really appreciate it!

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Friday, October 3rd, 2003
3:54 pm - Et in Arcadia Ego

This is cross-posted from my regular journal. I'm worried about the health of this new community, which seems to be sadly neglected. I hope this gives it a shot in the arm:

The Legacy of Rome: A New Appraisal (1992), edited by Richard Jenkyns, so far has proved to be a treasure trove of fascinating information. The book focuses on how the Latin classics--and Roman culture in general--influenced medieval and, more significantly, Renaissance literature and historiography. I picked the book up at my favorite second-hand store.

Jenkyns, of Oxford University, contributed two essays to the collection, the second of which, entitled "Pastoral," I found to be particularly enjoyable.

"One oddity about pastoral is that it is an exclusively European (or western) form. This is not true of most literary genres. We may happily speak of a Chinese novel, and there is surely no great problem in talking about a Chinese epic or a Chinese satire. But it would make no sense to describe a classical Chinese poem or story as pastoral (unless, by metaphor, it were being compared to European work)."
Pastoral, in short, contains classical Greek motifs (or at least allusions to ancient Greece) and significant characters lounging around in the shade of trees, tending their sheep, moaning over unrequited love, etc.

It is generally accepted that Virgil's Eclogues have become the model of pastoral poetry, but Jenkyns notes that the genre was truly devised in the late 16th Century, by romantic (with a small "R") writers intent on evoking mellow Arcadia. (It was these romantic pastoral stories to which Cervantes attributed Don Quixote's delusions or heroism.)

Jenkyns' essay is worth reading twice, and I think I will.

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Sunday, September 28th, 2003
6:16 pm

anyone read April Morning? I believe it's about the revolutionary war, and i want to know if it's any good?

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