Jun. 1st, 2009

damned_colonial: Austen-esque young lady reading a book with ships in background, saying "I read history a little as a duty." (reading history)
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Just an update regarding suggested themes for this community. I'm tracking them in a Google Doc here, which you can always check to see the current state of things, but from time to time I'll also post in the comm. This is the first of these posts.

The plan as I see it is this:

1. We keep collecting themes for a few more days
2. Sometime later this week, say Thursdayish, we run a poll to choose themes for July and August
3. We'll announce those themes in about a week (say around the 8th June)

That means that there's a short advance reading period for July, but if we aim our votes at something "easy" for that month, it should be doable. Going forward, we'll try and give at least 2 months' advance notice for themes so you have plenty of time to acquire and read books.

Anyway, here's the current state of theme suggestions. An "eligible" theme is one that has 3 specific fiction recommendations already, at least one of them being available for free online, from Gutenberg or similar.

Please feel free to add new themes to the master theme suggestion post, or add book suggestions to existing themes, or nominate yourself to run a theme.


Eligible, with people to run them

Jacobite Rebellion
http://readingthepast.dreamwidth.org/474.html?thread=474#t474
Run by: [personal profile] damned_colonial

Roman Britain
http://readingthepast.dreamwidth.org/474.html?thread=730#t730
Run by: [personal profile] cofax7

Crimean War
http://readingthepast.dreamwidth.org/474.html?thread=986#t986
Run by: [personal profile] jest (depending on schedule)

Tudor England
http://readingthepast.dreamwidth.org/474.html?thread=3034#t3034
Run by: [personal profile] holyschist

Plagues and Pandemics
http://readingthepast.dreamwidth.org/474.html?thread=5338#t5338
Run by: [personal profile] damned_colonial

Nelson's Navy
http://readingthepast.dreamwidth.org/474.html?thread=5594#t5594
Run by: [personal profile] damned_colonial

Golden Age of Piracy
http://readingthepast.dreamwidth.org/474.html?thread=13786#t13786
Run by: [personal profile] damned_colonial

The Caribbean
http://readingthepast.dreamwidth.org/474.html?thread=16346#t16346
Run by: [personal profile] al_zorra
(I have suggested this be split out into time periods, eg. Golden Age of Piracy (see above), Slavery in the Caribbean, Haiti and the Dominican Republic in the 20th century)

Eligible, needs volunteer to run

Wars of the Roses
http://readingthepast.dreamwidth.org/474.html?thread=15578#t15578

Ancient Rome, generally
http://readingthepast.dreamwidth.org/760.html?thread=13304#t13304

Battle of Waterloo
http://readingthepast.dreamwidth.org/474.html?thread=3802#t3802

US Civil War
http://readingthepast.dreamwidth.org/474.html?thread=5082#t5082

Colonial-era Africa
http://readingthepast.dreamwidth.org/474.html?thread=5850#t5850

Not yet eligible

Regency Romances
http://readingthepast.dreamwidth.org/474.html?thread=13530#t13530
Run by: [personal profile] damned_colonial

Gold Rushes
http://readingthepast.dreamwidth.org/474.html?thread=6106#t6106

Homosexuality in the 1930s
http://readingthepast.dreamwidth.org/474.html?thread=10970#t10970

Cold War America
http://readingthepast.dreamwidth.org/474.html?thread=10970#t10970

The Boer War
http://readingthepast.dreamwidth.org/474.html?thread=10970#t10970

Fin de siècle Europe
http://readingthepast.dreamwidth.org/474.html?thread=10970#t10970

18th-century Korea
http://readingthepast.dreamwidth.org/474.html?thread=10970#t10970

Imperial Russia
http://readingthepast.dreamwidth.org/474.html?thread=10970#t10970

Egyptology in Fiction
http://readingthepast.dreamwidth.org/474.html?thread=10970#t10970

Science and Technology (changing attitudes)
http://readingthepast.dreamwidth.org/474.html?thread=11738#t11738

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