Post Reply looking for info on european history and culture, all help is appreciated
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so I am researching anything and everything European,
from german to irish,
to polish to Russian, French, Spanish , all of the nations

from music to food, clothes, wars and revolutions, art
Beethoven , st Patrick, plato , jack butler yeats

and so on
however I cant find more if I don't have a clue on where to start, such as with important people -etc- if I don't know a thing about it


any and all info would be appreciated oh yes this includes books to read, and videos

just throw it all at me lol
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Posted 1/19/18 , edited 1/19/18
There was a lot of war in those times, why not start there? The Black Death, also seems like a topic you can research into.
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I think as wars would go, the Thirty Years War was pretty significant and drew in a lot of European nations in the early to mid 17th century, with religion and dynastic control as the backdrop across the German states in the then Holy Roman Empire.

I think the Polish Deluge is also a good one to look at, later on in that century, cossacks, tartars and what led to Poland being partitioned between many nations. Good culture, nobles, clothes, it's pretty interesting. With Fire and Sword is a really good novel set in this era, there's a film series as well, though.
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Peter the Great, by Robert K. Massie.
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Yikes, that's a broad request. Here is a somewhat random smattering:

Books:
A History of Russia, Riasanovsky
The King's Trial, Jordan
The Politics of the Prussian Army, Craig
The Forgotten Soldier, Sajer
The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers, Kennedy
Cathedral, Forge, and Waterwheel, Gies & Gies
A History of the World in 12 Maps, Brotton
A History of the World in 6 Glasses, Standage


Historical Fiction:
All Quiet on the Western Front, Remarque
Henry V, Shakespeare
War and Peace, Tolstoy


Movies:
Saving Private Ryan
Schindler's List
Master and Commander
Les Miserables


TV Shows:
Crash Course World History, YouTube
The Queen, Netflix
Victoria, PBS

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If you are struggling to find somewhere to start, choose a country at random and read about their earliest leader on Wikipedia. Follow the article branches either chronologically into the future (perhaps following their successors) or if the time period has caught your interest read about some of the other people or events mentioned.

For example:

To start with France read https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clovis_I.
To start with Denmark read https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gorm_the_Old
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MidoriNoTora wrote:

If you are struggling to find somewhere to start, choose a country at random and read about their earliest leader on Wikipedia. Follow the article branches either chronologically into the future (perhaps following their successors) or if the time period has caught your interest read about some of the other people or events mentioned.

For example:

To start with France read https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clovis_I.
To start with Denmark read https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gorm_the_Old


thanks! I will check these out
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RyukoKuroki wrote:

Peter the Great, by Robert K. Massie.


thanks! I just put it in my amazon book queue to buy lol, and will be looking more into this guy online
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If you'd like a blast of quick variety, try Monty Python's Flying Circus.
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