We’ve been hanging out together at History in the Margins for two years now: come rain, come shine, come crazy deadline schedule. With a few exceptions*, I assume you have a basic interest in history or you wouldn’t keep coming back. But just what kind of history buff are you? I’m hoping you’ll answer a few questions to give me a clue:
- Have you always been interested in history or did high school history classes taught by the football coach put you off history for years?
- Do you have a favorite period or theme? A cluster of them? Or are you a happy time traveler?
- Do you visit historical sites when you travel? If you do, do you prefer ruins or re-constructions? Living history demonstrations or scholarly museums? (I won’t ask you to choose your favorite historical site if you don’t ask me to choose mine.)
- What’s the best work of history or historical fiction you’ve read recently? (Mankind: The Story of All of Us is not a useful answer.)
Feel free to give me your answers, and anything else you’d like to share, in the comments section, by e-mail, or by whatever means of communication you prefer. (Messenger pigeons are probably not a good idea. They upset the cat.) In order to sweeten the pot, anyone who answers by the end of May will have a chance to win a copy of one of my favorite history books from the last year.
Thanks for listening. Stay tuned for more historical bits.
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