Monday, May 18, 2009

Swimming Through History 

I'm often on my soapbox about becoming involved in the culture and historic timeline surrounding the textiles we examine, discuss and struggle to understand.

Sooooooooo currently I'm reading Geoffrey Barraclough's The Origins of Modern Germany . This survey study covers the period 800-1939 CE.

My head is swimming folks. I'm feeling as if I'm watching a synchronized swimming event. The participants seem to be swimming together, touching, in distinct patterns but then they separate only to form new clusters and groups and come together again in different patterns.

Confusing yes, but fascinating. My historic atlas of Europe is getting a thorough workout as well.


I love history- loved my high school and college classes and love reading it.

My two favorite history classes ever were "Napolean" taught by the amazing Professor Bonfils when I was a student at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland, and my high school Modern(Post-renaissance) European history class taught by Mrs. Sullivan. Both of them were such sweeping epcis covering so many countries and the interactions were fascinating to discover.
sounds like a Will book :)
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