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Old 03-28-2011, 05:49 PM   #21 (permalink)
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I'm surprised noone's answered the European Renaissance, the time when civilization (well, some of it) rose from and challenged the oppressive conventions of the medieval times. You got great artists and thinkers like Michaelangelo, Leonardo DaVinci and Galileo Galilei who challenged the geocentric world view. America was discovered and settled, the protestant reformation took place, ehr .. Classical music came a long way etc.
Leonardo is by far my favourite individual to learn about in history. He was so far ahead of his time. You can't forget Machiavelli either.
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Old 03-30-2011, 06:59 PM   #22 (permalink)
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I'm surprised noone's answered the European Renaissance, the time when civilization (well, some of it) rose from and challenged the oppressive conventions of the medieval times. You got great artists and thinkers like Michaelangelo, Leonardo DaVinci and Galileo Galilei who challenged the geocentric world view. America was discovered and settled, the protestant reformation took place, ehr .. Classical music came a long way etc.
The Renaissance is pretty interesting to me. Also the Muslim Empire golden age preceding it... I love the contrast between that and the Dark Ages.
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Old 03-30-2011, 07:21 PM   #23 (permalink)
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I'm pretty curious about Egypt's golden age, whenever that may have been.

You know, there's an ancient Chinese curse: "May you live in interesting times..."
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Old 03-30-2011, 07:22 PM   #24 (permalink)
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prehistory of course!

upper paleolithic europe is particularly interesting...

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Old 04-01-2011, 07:53 PM   #25 (permalink)
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Ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome are extremely interesting for me. Also the times of Genghis Khan and the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia.
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Old 04-01-2011, 10:05 PM   #26 (permalink)
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In terms of simply a span of time, I would go with the 1860's. The amount of things that happened in the world at that time, it is staggering. There was the American Civil War, most people are aware of that. There were the Prussian Wars in Europe, against Denmark 1864, Austria 1866 and France 1870. Then there was the Taiping Rebellion in China, the most bloody civil war of all time. All these wars are interesting in themselves, but that they all happened at the same time is just insane. Throw in the Moghul Uprising in India in 1858, and you have some of the most important incidents in all regions, happening in the same 15 year period. How can that be?
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Old 04-01-2011, 11:34 PM   #27 (permalink)
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I'd say 1890s-1920s. A lot of interesting avante-garde stuff going on.. modernism! In 1913 alone you had both the Armory show in NYC which showed off the Fauvist, Cubist, and Impressionist art coming from Europe to the American audience (pretty funny to read about), and also the L'Arte dei Rumori. In 1898 the first popular Sans Serif font was produced, Akzidenz-Grotesk, and that sort of changed things. It went on to influence Miedinger's creation Helvetica. You may have heard of it. Also, in 1919 you had the opening of the Bauhaus school.
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Old 04-02-2011, 06:08 AM   #28 (permalink)
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I'm more of a modern man, the industrial revolution would be a great time to live in as well as the Tudors have always been a rather interesting period in history as I did it a least four times in my studies back at school, literally had to remember all Henry VIII's wifes, how they died etc. but the Spanish Armada and Elizabeth I was the more interesting..

But yeah Industrial Revolution period for me
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French Revolution woulda been interesting for me also
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I'd say 1890s-1920s. A lot of interesting avante-garde stuff going on.. modernism! In 1913 alone you had both the Armory show in NYC which showed off the Fauvist, Cubist, and Impressionist art coming from Europe to the American audience (pretty funny to read about), and also the L'Arte dei Rumori. In 1898 the first popular Sans Serif font was produced, Akzidenz-Grotesk, and that sort of changed things. It went on to influence Miedinger's creation Helvetica. You may have heard of it. Also, in 1919 you had the opening of the Bauhaus school.
Not to mention all the early avant-garde music emerging in the early 20th century, with Arnold Schoenberg, his Second Viennese School, and his pupils Anton Webern and Alban Berg. Some great stuff happening there.

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I don't know if I'd want to have lived during the time of Robespierre and his Reign of Terror. That's actually the origin of the word "terrorism" and it's definition. Terrorism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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