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Many apologies for not posting on this earlier!

I propose a very loose set of texts for this discussion. I also propose a tiered discussion, with multiple opportunities to talk about history, themes, and colonialism.

Click here for links and preliminary discussion )
damned_colonial: Flirty-looking Napoleonic soldier saying "nice boots" (nice boots)
[personal profile] damned_colonial
It's official. [personal profile] wychwood is away for the second half of August, so the theme will be [personal profile] cofax7's "Roman Britain".

A poll for September will follow shortly.
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[personal profile] damned_colonial
It's official. The them for July will be Plagues and Pandemics. I'm down to run it, so I'll be posting a theme intro shortly.

The theme for August is still somewhat up in the air; Roman Britain and Women at War (WW1) are neck and neck, so I'll be contacting the people who offered to run those and seeing whether either of them has schedule clashes or something that would solve the problem. Otherwise, there may have to be a tiebreaker poll!
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[personal profile] damned_colonial
It's looking pretty clear that the theme for July will be Plagues and Pandemics, as it currently has more than twice the votes of any other theme, so let's kick off voting for August. This is the same list except for Plagues and Pandemics being dropped from it. Starting with the September poll, I'll bring in the "issues" ones (Judaism and anti-semitism, Homosexuality). Please feel free to keep suggesting new themes, or filling out not-yet-eligible ones, too! Master theme suggestion post, up to date list of eligible/ineligible themes.

Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 40


Theme for August (CHOOSE UP TO THREE)

View Answers

Jacobite Rebellion
10 (25.0%)

Roman Britain
16 (40.0%)

Crimean War
4 (10.0%)

Tudor England
9 (22.5%)

Nelson's Navy
7 (17.5%)

Golden Age of Piracy
10 (25.0%)

Wars of the Roses
4 (10.0%)

US Civil War
4 (10.0%)

Industrial Revolution in Britain
3 (7.5%)

Women at War, WW1
17 (42.5%)

WW1 in general
7 (17.5%)

Gold Rushes
5 (12.5%)

19th century New Orleans
10 (25.0%)

Restoration
4 (10.0%)

damned_colonial: Austen-esque young lady reading a book with ships in background, saying "I read history a little as a duty." (reading history)
[personal profile] damned_colonial
It's time to choose a theme for July!

Notes:

I have included most of the themes that were "eligible", i.e. for which we had at least 3 suggestions of historical novels for that period, and someone prepared to run the theme. However, I removed the controversial/"issue" themes (on Judaism and Anti-semitism, and Homosexuality in Cold War America) because I think we should try for something easy for our first month.

Speaking of "easy", we only have 3 weeks advance notice on this theme, so I suggest you vote according to what you'd find easy to read up on and discuss at short notice. Perhaps a theme where you are already familiar with the period of history, or where you've already read one or more of the suggested books. Going forward, we'll have more time to prepare; I'll be posting the poll for August shortly after we decide on one for July.

With regard to the actual choice of theme, here's what we'll do: we'll allow a couple of days for voting, and then we'll look at the top few themes and contact the people who have volunteered to run them, to ask who's available to do it in July. Then based on that, we'll announce the first theme early next week.

In the poll below, you may choose up to three themes. Remember that you can come back and amend your vote at any time.

Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 41


Theme for July? CHOOSE UP TO THREE.

View Answers

Jacobite Rebellion
7 (17.1%)

Roman Britain
12 (29.3%)

Crimean War
2 (4.9%)

Tudor England
8 (19.5%)

Plagues and Pandemics
24 (58.5%)

Nelson's Navy
7 (17.1%)

Golden Age of Piracy
8 (19.5%)

Wars of the Roses
6 (14.6%)

US Civil War
5 (12.2%)

Industrial Revolution in Britain
2 (4.9%)

Women at War, WW1
10 (24.4%)

WW1 in general
5 (12.2%)

Gold Rushes
5 (12.2%)

19th century New Orleans
9 (22.0%)

Restoration
3 (7.3%)



Here are links to the discussions of each theme, including the suggested reading we have so far:

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

Wars of the Roses
http://readingthepast.dreamwidth.org/474.html?thread=15578#t15578
Run by: [personal profile] snakeling

US Civil War
http://readingthepast.dreamwidth.org/474.html?thread=5082#t5082
Run by: [personal profile] lookingland

Industrial Revolution in Britain
http://readingthepast.dreamwidth.org/474.html?thread=20698#t20698
Run by: [personal profile] naraht

Women at War, WW1
http://readingthepast.dreamwidth.org/474.html?thread=21466#t21466
Run by: [personal profile] wychwood

WW1 in general
http://readingthepast.dreamwidth.org/474.html?thread=24538#t24538
Run by: [personal profile] nightmareink

Gold Rushes
http://readingthepast.dreamwidth.org/474.html?thread=6106#t6106
Run by: [personal profile] damned_colonial

19th century New Orleans
http://readingthepast.dreamwidth.org/474.html?thread=34010#t34010
Run by: [personal profile] al_zorra

Restoration
http://readingthepast.dreamwidth.org/474.html?thread=43226#t43226
Run by: [personal profile] damned_colonial
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[personal profile] damned_colonial
I'm hoping to post a poll for July's theme tomorrow. This is your reminder to get your suggestions in here. For an up-to-date list of eligible themes, see this document.
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[personal profile] damned_colonial
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 si├Ęcle 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
damned_colonial: Convicts in Sydney, being spoken to by a guard/soldier (Default)
[personal profile] damned_colonial
As mod/creator of this comm, I'm going to start off with some guidelines on what suggested reading should be provided for each theme.

1. You need to provide at least three works of fiction.
2. If possible, you should make one of these be freely available as an etext (thanks, [personal profile] katemonkey)
3. They don't have to be good.
4. They should, however, show different perspectives on the theme.
5. You may additionally offer non-fiction or other media suggestions (eg film, TV), especially for themes that are not well known, to provide additional background.

I'm happy to discuss/adjust/modify/throw away the above guidelines, if people have any other ideas.
damned_colonial: Convicts in Sydney, being spoken to by a guard/soldier (Default)
[personal profile] damned_colonial
Please suggest themes you'd like to see covered here! Cut and paste the following into a comment:

ETA: please put your theme in the subject of your comment!

Theme:
Are you prepared to run it? Yes/No
Suggested books, if you have them already:


What does it mean to run the theme?

1. At least one month in advance, you'll let everyone know about the theme and your suggested reading for it. You need to suggest at least 3 works of fiction.
2. On the first of the month, you will post a welcome/introduction/kickoff for the theme.
3. Throughout the month, you'll take an active part in discussion of the theme.

You do not have to be an expert on the theme to run it. You just need to have an interest in it.
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