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Old 03-13-2011, 09:58 PM   #1
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Which country has the most interesting/vibrant history?

I'm quite interested in this, as whenever bored there is a high likelihood i will sprawl the internet or books on various histories, clicking on links, and spamming through articles and chapters in books.
I do get weirdly interested in some area's of history, and especially some places more than others. I think most of the time this is just opinion; where you grew up, which culture you find most interesting/close to, how strongly you think they effect you/us etc..

For me there are a few contenders-
France= French revolution,Napoleon, cultural and philosophical powerhouse for many years, hugely important in world wars, involved in creation of USA, Canada etc. pretty heavily, and pretty much been at war for 2000 years I just get caught up in the characters and events. However I do get that some people will just find them boring...

USA= Though new it's pretty hard to ignore 300-400 odd years of the building of the most powerful and influential country in the world. Also some of the idea's and people are just amazing when looked at in the full context of a growing and real superpower

Germany= Holy roman empire to to world wars then manic super powers; unification, Kant, Schopenhauer, Nietschze, Heidegger, and Marx their culture gets out people who's ideas just **** us about.

I know that i'm missing out some huge one's like Russia (I find them a bit dull till USSR, which to be fair is mad interesting), UK (as a Brit student I have studied this for 14 odd years so it's kinda like taking the trash out), Greece and Italy (following the ancient times just got a bit bland)
as well as many more- China, India, Thailand, Japan, Turkey, Iran/Persia, Egypt, Spain etc....
Just wondering what people think and why.
This is definitely not intended as a MY COUNTRY IS BEST thread, or even who's history is most influential/important merely which you find most captivating to read and why
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Old 03-14-2011, 01:40 AM   #2
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Re: Which country has the most interesting/vibrant history?

Obviously England. Why else would I have specialized in it?
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Old 03-14-2011, 01:47 AM   #3
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What about Greece? The home of conceptual democracy. Even their historians are unequalled, in Herodotus, and Thucydides. Classical Greek Philosophers like Socrates, Plato, Aristotle and Heraclitus, fathers of rhetoric and logic. Legends of Athens and Sparta, Dionnysus in the Oddyssey. Achilles and Agamemnon in the Illyad or Troy. And that isn't mentioning our calenders and alphabet, months of the year, and days of the week. Beautifully preserved architecture, and the great polytheistic monuments to the Gods of Mount Oympus.

I'm too tired to go into more detail, but wanted to get something in. Don't forget Greece. It would certainly be in my top three.
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What about Greece? The home of conceptual democracy. Even their historians are unequalled, in Herodotus, and Thucydides. Classical Greek Philosophers like Socrates, Plato, Aristotle and Heraclitus, fathers of rhetoric and logic. Legends of Athens and Sparta, Dionnysus in the Oddyssey. Achilles and Agamemnon in the Illyad or Troy. And that isn't mentioning our calenders and alphabet, months of the year, and days of the week. Beautifully preserved architecture, and the great polytheistic monuments to the Gods of Mount Oympus.

I'm too tired to go into more detail, but wanted to get something in. Don't forget Greece. It would certainly be in my top three.
That time in Greece was pretty awesome no doubt, and it really should be included but after classical Greece the literature and events are just so non-mainstream and dwarfed by other European states its hard to get caught up in it. Obviously it still pops in there though just because of the awesomeness of Athens
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Obviously Greece and Italy (Rome). Why else would I have specialized in it?
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Old 03-14-2011, 09:28 AM   #6
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China gets my vote. One of the oldest lands, a long complex history, and, frankly, a pretty bright looking future.

I took a course on 'non-western' history in college, but the focus for the China portion was just 20th century, which is not the period I would have chosen to study first.

I've read about daoism, confucianism, and the spread of buddhism through China on my own but haven't felt up to going into a comprehensive history.

If anyone knows a good Chinese history text that is both readable and starts at earliest recorded times, pls. let me know. Will tell wife to buy for birthday...
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Tough to get past the obvious number one choice of England but as well as China and Rome mentioned we could maybe add India and Turkey
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Old 03-14-2011, 06:12 PM   #8
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Old 03-14-2011, 06:16 PM   #9
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Scotland
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Is it even a country?
England, France, Germany and Russia are getting my vote.
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If anyone knows a good Chinese history text that is both readable and starts at earliest recorded times, pls. let me know. Will tell wife to buy for birthday...
China: Its History and Culture:

http://www.amazon.com/China-Its-Hist...0156270&sr=1-3

This book is quite good, especially as an introduction to the History of China. At 285 pages it does not overwhelm and gives a readable and concise history and culture of the Chinese people, which is interwoven throughout the text. What is also very useful are the four pages of selected bibliography at the end of the text that reference excellent reading material about different aspects of China from ancient times to the present. This is not a comprehensive book and is not meant to be, but within the outline given by the authors they did an excellent job - A very well written text. No fluff.

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Going with a non-traditional answer, but Poland has an interesting/vibrant history. Very rich history, but often overlooked and forgotten.
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Old 03-15-2011, 11:15 AM   #13
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Going with a non-traditional answer, but Poland has an interesting/vibrant history. Very rich history, but often overlooked and forgotten.
Poor Poland , always being partitioned of for the gain of others.

I have fallen in love with both the Roman Republic and Empire, as well as Renaissance Italy.
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Old 03-17-2011, 01:58 PM   #14
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Going with a non-traditional answer, but Poland has an interesting/vibrant history. Very rich history, but often overlooked and forgotten.
Didn't they elect there kings or am i wrong?
Anything to read about them?
According to a study i once read they have some of the smartest people in the world and highest average iq's. Way to beat down a stereotype
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Old 03-17-2011, 02:09 PM   #15
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Italy.
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