Posted by: topher274 | July 13, 2010

A New Little Project

Hello :) I’ve been learning more and more about history lately, particularly the history of the modern era.

As with many kinds of learning, it is important to have a broad framework for a subject – so that when you learn something new, you can fit it easily into the framework. That being said, I want to familiarize myself with every decade from 1800-1809 up to the present 2000-2009. Doubtless, I would also start 2010-2019, but as I’m sure many of my readers will know: it’s hard to know what is important when we’re so close to these events.

I suppose this will be a very subjective list of what I think is interesting or important to keep in mind, but that is the way of study guides such as these.

When I finish, I’ll post it here, and you can grab it if you want and/or help me add to it to make it better.

Additionally, if you have any events that you think should be included, please let me know! (I’m thinking of you, Mr. Bildebrandt) This should be fun. I’ll let you know what I come up with! :)



  1. Ah, for myself, good doctor, as every good eurocentric ought, I should focus on the various turpitudes of that felonious villain, Napoleon Bonaparte – at least for the first part of the 19th century. The various arrests, escapes, recrudescences, foilings, etc. of said varlet – and of their consequences – can occupy at least the first quarter of the century until the coronation of Victoria; after which it is merely a hop, skip and a jump to the American Civil War. By the time that whole mess is cleared up, it is usually time to check on the Germans and see how they’re doing (while, of course, assuming that Africa has by now been thoroughly dissected and is thus unimportant). Germany is usually able to carry the discerning reader all the way through to the First World War.

    How *are* you doing, old man?

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