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message 1: by Bentley, Group Founder, Leader, Chief (last edited Apr 03, 2016 04:44PM) (new)

Bentley | 44126 comments Mod
This is a thread where you can introduce yourself to the group. This is one of our rules and guidelines.

Please introduce yourself here so we can welcome you. Tell us a little bit about yourself, the country where you are from and what you like about history or why you joined the group or anything else you would like to share.

Remember we allow no self promotion or spam. All such posts are deleted immediately.

Please feel free to read the archived introductions and welcomes of our other group members.

http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/9...




message 2: by Bentley, Group Founder, Leader, Chief (last edited May 09, 2013 12:42PM) (new)

Bentley | 44126 comments Mod
Folks, we have this thread open for introductions. You can always read all of the other welcomes and introductions in the other thread which we have closed because the thread is too huge (almost 7000 posts). So let us work to get this thread as large in due time. We are happy to welcome all of our global members from at least 150 different countries around the world.

This is # one of our rules and guidelines to be a member.


message 3: by Robert (new)

Robert Hays (goodreadscomroberthays) | 42 comments My name is Robert Hays and I am a retired journalism professor at the University of Illinois, U.S.A. My principal history interest is military history. I have a modest collection of books on World War II, primarily the European theatre, and I am a great fan of Gen. George S. Patton Jr. In terms of American history, I am interested in the so-called "Indian Wars" and, to a lesser extent, Civil War history and newspaper history. I feel strongly that "what has come and gone" is an immensely important foundation too often ignored.


message 4: by Mark (new)

Mark Mortensen Welcome Robert to the History Club. This is a great place for a former journalism professor with a passion for history.


message 5: by Bryan (new)

Bryan Craig Glad you can join us Robert, welcome


message 6: by Jill (new)

Jill Hutchinson (bucs1960) So glad you joined us, Robert, here at history central!! Please join in the book recommendations/discussions and if you have questions, ask any of the moderators. Enjoy!!!


message 7: by Bentley, Group Founder, Leader, Chief (last edited May 09, 2013 06:44PM) (new)

Bentley | 44126 comments Mod
Delighted to have you with us Robert and please assist us on any of the threads that interest you. We do have rules for citations because we want to take advantage of the powerful Goodreads software which populates our site when we use them as required.

Christopher was kind enough to post the Mechanics of the Board thread first under More Information - if you need some assistance - just practice on that thread and we are here to help. When you get the hang of it - they take about 5 seconds tops.

Newspaper history is a fascinating subject and we have a thread as Christopher pointed out that could use some book additions. In our lifetime - the magazine and newspaper industries have gone through more than a few ups and downs and the internet is changing things dramatically.

We certainly would like to hear your thoughts on these subjects so please join in on the discussions.


message 8: by André, Honorary Contributor - EMERITUS - Music (new)

André (andrh) | 2842 comments Mod
Hi Robert, welcome to the group.

Apart from all the fascinating discussions on history we also have quite a few fine threads on music - all kinds from all places.
Come and take a look/listen if you like.

Best wishes,

André


message 9: by Alisa (new)

Alisa (mstaz) Robert, welcome to the group and hope you enjoy and participate in the many discussions and book recommendations found among the threads. We look forward to your posts! If you need any assistance, please don't hesitate to ask one of the moderators. We want the club experience to be productive and enjoyable for everyone and are here to help.


message 10: by Doug (new)

Doug DePew (dougdepew) | 33 comments Welcome to the group, Robert!


message 11: by Jerome, Assisting Moderator - Upcoming Books and Releases (new)

Jerome | 4247 comments Mod
Welcome, Robert. I'm sure you'll find this group to be very helpful.


message 12: by Andrew (new)

Andrew Loader | 2 comments Hi I'm Andrew. I live in Hamilton, New Zealand. I'm a former teacher, but I'm not working at the moment and have plenty of time for reading. Although my teaching subjects were Accounting and Business I did a number of history papers 30 years ago at university. My main historical interests tend to be social history, looking at the ordinary people in times gone by. I particularly enjoy economic history. The most interesting paper I ever took at uni was the history of sport and its effect on society.


message 13: by Bentley, Group Founder, Leader, Chief (last edited May 10, 2013 06:17PM) (new)

Bentley | 44126 comments Mod
Welcome to the group, Andrew!

You are in good company here and if you look around you'll see we have threads on current events, politics, economic history as well as many other historical topics. We also have a folder on a variety of sports and we'd be thrilled for you to contribute!

As you get started please take a moment to familiarize yourself with the "add book/author" feature when you comment. It makes things so much easier for people to see your book recommendations, because they can see the cover and the links to the author. And it helps the goodreads software connect books with groups that talk about them. When citing a book and/or author, please put the book cover, author's photo and author's link after all of the text of your post at the bottom of the post. Placement at the bottom of the post calls the reader's attention to the book and/or author and increases the readability of your post. This is how books you mention should look:

House of Stone A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East by Anthony Shadid by Anthony Shadid Anthony Shadid

More information:
http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/2...

Take a moment to read our guidelines:
http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/5...

and the orientation to get you started:
http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/1...

Thanks and glad you joined us.

Bentley


message 14: by Bryan (new)

Bryan Craig Welcome Andrew, glad you joined


message 15: by Jerome, Assisting Moderator - Upcoming Books and Releases (new)

Jerome | 4247 comments Mod
Welcome, Andrew. We look forward to your contribution.


message 16: by Jill (new)

Jill Hutchinson (bucs1960) Glad you joined our truly international book club,Andrew. If you have any questions, ask any of the moderators and.......enjoy!!!


message 17: by Mark (new)

Mark Mortensen Welcome Andrew to the global History Club. I received my business degree and kind of fell in to history as a side passion years later. Do I detect a rugby jersey in your photo from the one and only New Zealand?


message 18: by Alisa (new)

Alisa (mstaz) Hello Andrew, welcome to the group we are glad to have you as a member. Please browse the threads and join in the discussions. The more the merrier!


message 19: by Vicki, Assisting Moderator - Ancient Roman History (new)

Vicki Cline | 3804 comments Mod
Welcome Robert and Andrew. Looks like you're in the right place.


message 20: by Victor (new)

Victor Czerwinski | 2 comments Hi Everyone, very glad to become a member.
My name is Victor , I am 56 yrs old a Cardiac Nurse, but currently working as a self employed Driving Instructor .
Born in Stepney, London , UK from 1st generation Poles .
My father was in the Polish Army, fought at Stalingrad, and then at Monte Cassino.
My parents settled here in England , after the war .
I am interested in all Military History, and History in general . I am an avid reader.
Thank you for accepting me !


message 21: by Mark (new)

Mark Mortensen Welcome Victor, you have a unique background. I’m glad you joined the History Club. We have several active members from England, who have a passion for military history.

Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with the "add book/author" feature when you comment. (There is a link on the top right of the reply box.) When citing a book and/or author, please put the book cover, author's photo (when available) and author's link at the very bottom of the post after your text, because this visual alignment not only calls the reader's attention to the book/author promotion, but helps Goodreads software connect books with groups and further increases the readability of your posts.

This is how a book you might mention should look:

The Last Lion 1 Visions of Glory 1874-1932 by William Raymond Manchester by William Raymond Manchester William Raymond Manchester

Please use the “(preview)” tab to view your alignment before officially “posting”.
More information:
http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/2...

Take a few moments to read the orientation:
http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/1...

And our guidelines:
http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/5...

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask us moderators. I look forward to your postings.


message 22: by Bentley, Group Founder, Leader, Chief (last edited May 11, 2013 07:00AM) (new)

Bentley | 44126 comments Mod
Victor, welcome - we are also delighted to have you join the group.

You will find that we are an international group from over 150 countries - many are from the UK and some even from Poland. You will find an avid military group here and there are many threads which will interest you about the military and various other conflicts.

You have to share some of your father's experiences on the threads - it is always better when we are able to discuss history with someone who experienced it or who knew somebody who did.

When I go to the UK next time - you can teach me how to navigate those roundabouts and stay on the left side of the road - both which boggle my mind. Usually I just leave the driving to others - especially on those European autobahns where you think that folks are driving at the speed of sound (smile).

Your background as a cardiac nurse would come in handy too in your profession when folks panic (smile).

Glad to have you here. Thank you to Mark for giving you some helpful links about the guidelines and our citation rules.

All best,

Bentley

PS: We are beginning a discussion of the book Roosevelt's Centurions on May 28th. Make sure to preorder the book and join in on the discussion if you have not planned to do that already. We will be discussing World War II.

Roosevelt's Centurions FDR & the Commanders He Led to Victory in World War II by Joseph E. Persico by Joseph E. Persico Joseph E. Persico


message 23: by Alisa (new)

Alisa (mstaz) Welcome Victor! With your interests you should find plenty here to explore and discuss with others. We look forward to your participation.


message 24: by Jill (new)

Jill Hutchinson (bucs1960) Welcome Victor to the place for all things history. Please browse the threads and join in the book recommendations/discussions. If you have any questions, please ask any of the moderators......but most of all, enjoy!!


message 25: by André, Honorary Contributor - EMERITUS - Music (new)

André (andrh) | 2842 comments Mod
Hi Andrew, Victor, welcome to the group.

Apart from all the fascinating discussions on history we also have quite a few fine threads on music - all kinds from all places.
Come and take a look/listen if you like.

Best wishes,

André


message 26: by Victor (new)

Victor Czerwinski | 2 comments Thank you all for your welcome !


message 27: by Vicki, Assisting Moderator - Ancient Roman History (new)

Vicki Cline | 3804 comments Mod
Welcome Victor. Lots of folks here like military history, so you'll be right at home.


message 28: by Jerome, Assisting Moderator - Upcoming Books and Releases (new)

Jerome | 4247 comments Mod
Welcome, Victor. Glad to have you here.


message 29: by Bharath (new)

Bharath (bharathkv) | 2 comments Hello everyone,
It is a pleasure joining this group. I am Bharath and I am very much interested in reading books on history, economics and finance. At the moment the Unfinished Empire is my next book on the to-read list. If anyone has suggestions for good books on Roman economic history do let me know. Thanks in advance.

Bharath


message 30: by Jill (last edited May 12, 2013 09:04PM) (new)

Jill Hutchinson (bucs1960) Welcome Bharath. You have found the right place for the history lover. I think our moderator Vicky can be of great help to you in finding books on Roman economic history. You may also put up a request for recommendations at the "I Am Looking For A Book" topic at the following link: http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/1...

Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with the "add book/author" feature when you comment. (There is a link on the top right of the reply box.) When citing a book and/or author, please put the book cover, author's photo (when available) and author's link at the very bottom of the post after your text, because this visual alignment not only calls the reader's attention to the book/author promotion, but helps Goodreads software connect books with groups and further increases the readability of your posts.

This is how the book you mentioned should look:

Unfinished Empire The Global Expansion of Britain by John Darwin by John Darwin(no photo available)

Please use the “(preview)” tab to view your alignment before officially “posting”.

More information:
http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/2......

Take a few moments to read the orientation:
http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/1......

And our guidelines:
http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/5......

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask any of the moderators. Please feel free to jump right into the discussions/book recommendations.....and enjoy yourself.


message 31: by André, Honorary Contributor - EMERITUS - Music (new)

André (andrh) | 2842 comments Mod
Hi Bharath, welcome to the group.

Apart from all the fascinating discussions on history we also have quite a few fine threads on music - all kinds from all places.
Come and take a look/listen if you like.

Best wishes,

André


message 32: by Alisa (new)

Alisa (mstaz) Welcome Bharath, we are glad you found the group and hope you enjoy the discussions.


message 33: by Bentley, Group Founder, Leader, Chief (new)

Bentley | 44126 comments Mod
Hello Bharath, we are an international/global group and we are delighted to have you join us.

What part of the world are you from?

I think you will find a lot of what you are looking for here and if you do not find a particular thread then let us know and one of the assisting moderators will point you in the right direction.


message 34: by Bryan (new)

Bryan Craig Welcome Victor and Bharath. I'm glad you found us and joined up. Jump right in and let us know if you have any questions. We are here to help.


message 35: by Jacek (new)

Jacek | 1 comments Hi everyone,

My name is Jacek, I am Polish of origin, and very much looking forward to participating in this group.

I have always been a keen reader, starting with SF in my teens (Stanislaw Lem is a favorite: the greatest Polish SF writer), then moving into good old adventure fiction (Frederick Forsyth, Alistair McLean, Tom Clancy). When those started to become repeatable, then caught "the history bug", and still having it.

For me, history of wars brings all the adventure and tragedy of real life to us, and also allows us to learn from our ancestors. And wars in fact are periods of concentration of those in a short period, so in fact "amplify" those effects. They are like a history fast-forwarded...

My favorite topics is therefore history of wars, with a strong interest in the human aspect. I want to understand the why behind the what, and what motivated the actors to do what they did. I am less interested in the technical side, which in itself does not form a compelling story, besides maybe a small specialist circle.

I read a lot on WW2, with no particular specific area of interest, so European and Pacific theatre in equal measure. I have a fairly good overview of the overall course of war, and am now interested in deeper analysis of specific events.

Besides WW2, I have somewhat lesser interest on American Civil War and Napoleonic wars (which is an area I am building up).

Hope to learn a lot from this group,

Jacek


message 36: by Bryan (new)

Bryan Craig Welcome, Jacek. Glad you could join us.

Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with the "add book/author" feature when you comment. (There is a link on the top right of the reply box.) It makes things so much easier for people to see your book recommendations, because they can see the cover and the links to the author. And it helps the Goodreads software connect books with groups that talk about them. When citing a book and/or author, please put the book cover, author's photo and author's link at the very bottom of the post after your text. Because it is on the bottom, it calls the reader's attention to the book/author and increases the readability of your posts.

This is how the authors you've mentioned should look:

Stanisław Lem Stanisław Lem
Alistair MacLean Alistair MacLean
Tom Clancy Tom Clancy

More information:
http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/2...

Take a few moments to read the orientation:
http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/1...

And our guidelines:
http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/5...

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask us moderators.

By the way, we are starting up a new book discussion on WW2, so join in:

Roosevelt's Centurions FDR & the Commanders He Led to Victory in World War II by Joseph E. Persico Joseph E. Persico Joseph E. Persico


message 37: by Alisa (new)

Alisa (mstaz) Welcome Jacek, good to have you in the group. You will find lots here to discuss with other members. The more participation the more you will get out of the experience. Good to have you!


message 38: by Bharath (new)

Bharath (bharathkv) | 2 comments Bentley wrote: "Hello Bharath, we are an international/global group and we are delighted to have you join us.

What part of the world are you from?

I think you will find a lot of what you are looking for here and..."


Hi Bentley. Thx. USA


message 39: by Jill (new)

Jill Hutchinson (bucs1960) Welcome, Jacek to the place for all things history. There is much to see and do here and if you have any questions, just ask any of the moderators.


message 40: by Jerome, Assisting Moderator - Upcoming Books and Releases (new)

Jerome | 4247 comments Mod
Bharath, Jacek, welcome to the group. I'm sure you'll enjoy the group and all it has to offer. We look forward to your input.


message 41: by Bentley, Group Founder, Leader, Chief (new)

Bentley | 44126 comments Mod
Bharath wrote: "Bentley wrote: "Hello Bharath, we are an international/global group and we are delighted to have you join us.

What part of the world are you from?

I think you will find a lot of what you are look..."


Terrific.


message 42: by Bentley, Group Founder, Leader, Chief (new)

Bentley | 44126 comments Mod
Jacek, welcome to the group and what a wonderful intro. Check out the links that Bryan forwarded to you and the thread called the Mechanics of the Board. There you can learn how we do citations - and before long you will be a pro.


message 43: by Connie (new)

Connie | 1 comments Hi. My name is Connie. I work in insurance but was an American Studies major in college (concentration history) and have maintained a life long love of history and most often am reading history and biography. I also spent time doing family genealogy which allows me to practice the research skills I learned. I look forward to the discussions.


message 44: by Jill (new)

Jill Hutchinson (bucs1960) Welcome, Connie. This is the place for the history lover and we are glad you have joined us.

Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with the "add book/author" feature when you comment. (There is a link on the top right of the reply box.) It makes things so much easier for people to see your book recommendations, because they can see the cover and the links to the author. And it helps the Goodreads software connect books with groups that talk about them. When citing a book and/or author, please put the book cover, author's photo and author's link at the very bottom of the post after your text. Because it is on the bottom, it calls the reader's attention to the book/author and increases the readability of your posts.

This is how the books you mention should look:

Life on the Mississippi by Mark Twain by Mark Twain Mark Twain

More information:
http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/2......

Take a few moments to read the orientation:
http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/1......

And our guidelines:
http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/5......

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask any of the moderators. And enjoy yourself.


message 45: by Bentley, Group Founder, Leader, Chief (new)

Bentley | 44126 comments Mod
Connie, welcome to the group. This is an international group with members from around the world.

We hope you will enjoy yourself and we look forward to reading your posts.


message 46: by Alisa (new)

Alisa (mstaz) Connie glad you found us and decided to join the group. We look forward to your participation.


message 47: by André, Honorary Contributor - EMERITUS - Music (new)

André (andrh) | 2842 comments Mod
Hi Jacek, Connie, welcome to the group.

Apart from all the fascinating discussions on history we also have quite a few fine threads on music - all kinds from all places.
Come and take a look/listen if you like.

Best wishes,

André


message 48: by Jeffrey (new)

Jeffrey Zeltzer | 8 comments My name is Jeffrey Zeltzer, retired and live in Big Bear City. Enjoy 20th century European an American history. Hobbies include European trave


message 49: by Bryan (new)

Bryan Craig Hi Connie, glad you found us here. Enjoy!


message 50: by Shannon (new)

Shannon Reilly Hi! My name is Shannon and I'm a stay at home, former homeschooling mom with avid interests in American history, politics, and world affairs. I spent most of my years in NJ, though I currently reside in WV.


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