Personally, I love the 1850s-early 1900s, particularly the Civil War era. There are so many fascinating ways of life, and it provides a glimpse into the division and afterwards unity of the United States of America!
The Civil War and Reconstruction was definitely an interesting part of American History. Currently, I'm reading Grant's memoirs. It's a great read. However, as far as U.S. History is concerned, my favorite era would have to be the colonial time period.
I personally am disgusted at that whole business. After Abe Lincoln was killed everything changed... for the worse. Compromise of 1877 is a testament to that fact. Flipping Republicans.... turned into the antebellum south they did... tisk tisk. Still going on today amazingly..
I like the simplicity of clothing and the close family ties back in 1800s. Today Many families do not spend enough time and prayer togeather. The children in cities are growing up on the streets and behind their computers playing role games. What are those games teaching them about love and respectt? I have viewed some and it scares me to think what is being fed into their young impressionable minds. Seems back in the 1800 and befor, there were close family ties and most children all grew up with honor and respect.
For those that like the 1836-1920 range there is a video game (can't help it, I'm a gamer lol) out there called Victoria, it's by Paradox. It's basically a simulation game based on countries (you run a country) where you focus on internal management, diplomacy, religion, social/political, etc. It's complex market system is described as being one of the best market simulations ever made. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victoria_%28game%29
Anyhow, that just stuck out in my mind after I reading that people like that period. Hehe.
My favorite time period is the ancient period of Rome and Greece. Runner-up is probably the medieval period, anywhere from 10th centry to the 18th century. I've always loved history!
I just love looking at the hippy fashion from the late 60's to 70's.
I loved the dresses in Gone With The Wind the day of the corset. I mean I don't think I would really want to wear one day in and day out, but I loved those big dresses with the little waists and big bustles, such a feminine look. I will save my corset for special ocassions.
If I could choose, it would be in the Victorian era, either here in the US or in the UK. Lots of graces and proprieties, where the social rules were clear and nobody fixated on self-esteem as some kind of a birthright that's supposed to entitle some kind of privilege.
i agree with the ladies who picked the 60s, the Civil War era and the Renaissance age...mostly for the fashions. i love the clothes from all of those eras. i often wish i could have been a been a beatnik. or a hippie. free love with no consequences, traveling around the country with other instant friends and lovers, that would be pretty groovy all right.
Some interesting things I learned while studying makeup all for the sake of beauty; Women in Cleopatra's day wore sheep blood as nail polish and lipstick. It was normal for women to bind a steak to their face and wear it overnight as a face mask. Crocodile excrement was also a popular mask.
That white face look popular in Victorian age was often the result of applying mercury to the face, a dangerous chemical that killed a lot of women. Victorian women obtained the red cheek look by pinching their cheeks so hard they went bright red.
What they put in todays hamburgers isn't much different.
I'm a medieaval kind of guy. You only washed twice in your life, once when you were born and again when you died. Food and drink were to be eaten and enjoyed. Work was hard, songs were lusty, beer was strong and a good woman was lusty and strong. Yes those were the days.
For me it would be Elizabethan times. The world was opening up and it was the high point of the age of exploration. I would have loved to have been an explorer going off the edge off the map. The Virgin Queen was a fascinating character too.
My favorite topic is the Black Death and the entire time period that surrounds it (this has become a joke amongst some HP staff members at the office).
The plague had a huge impact on Europe that still resonates today. I had the good fortune to read some translated primary documents from 14th century witness/victims of the pandemic, and it really changed my perspective on all historical study.
I agree with readytoescape, WWII is definitely my favorite. The whole world changed afterward and lead to amazing technological advances including the jet engine. Plus, you had to have guts then. Did anyone watch the first episode of "The Pacific?" It was intense. I don't think I could have done it.
I enjoy learning about pretty much all eras in history, but every time I learn about an era, it spoils my romantic ideal of said era. The more I learn, the more it gets spoiled.
For example, I like studying the period up to, during, and immediately following the American Revolution. Figure on the end of the Seven Years' War (or French-and-Indian War, depending on where you're from) on up to the War of 1812. It's amazing how much bunkum I used to believe about this period, and how much said bunkum is still being represented as fact by those who ought to know better.
But studying this period (primary sources, not just what modern historians have written) has made me very sensitive to modern American politicians and pundits who try to co-opt the writings of the framers of the Constitution to support their own agendas. I highly recommend that every American who aspires to be politically aware should read as much of the framers' writings as possible. Most of their extant public writings and a lot of their private correspondence is public record and available in bound volumes at your local library.
This is most like the only respondant to specify this particular time era. 540 million years ago marked the end of the precambrian era. This little known time period actually produced the most advanced forms of life ever discovered. This is also the time period of the legendary mythical prehistoric sea dragons. I work with a scientific research project that is currently studdying and excavating very large Seazoria dragon remains. To work around prehistoric sea dragons some 300 feet long with 10 ft skull and teeth 3 feet long is a rush. Sometimes it hard to believe you are working on real dragons. But there they are right in front of your eyes. My favorite is excavating the skulls. the teeth from the Seazori dragons are ultra spectacular. The level of evolution is amazing.This is a major advancement in the science of paleontology
An immensely pivotal point in history was the late 70's and early 80's when Roto Rooter had their classic commercial airing. It rocked! It brought the plumbing industry out of darkness and into the sweet smelling light of day!
I wish I had been around in early twentieth Europe. Then I might have done something to help avert world war one, and the extinction of everything that I loved about that era. Europe has never really been right since.
There are no era's that I cold call favourite if I was anything other than a member of the elite classes as every one of them was dreadful in one way or another for 99% of the population. The other 1% had it pretty bad too but at least they had a choice as to what they could do about it. The era's don't matter so much without specifying a location. What was a great era in one place was the exact opposite in another. We all make the mistake of wearing rose-tinted glasses and accepting the history that is written by the victor's of conflicts. I like to see it from the other side. That is the fascination of history, the telling of the tale as seen from a particular viewpoint - did the American television networks pick up on Das Boot? And we all remember things from our own histories that didn't happen. So don't believe all you read about any era. Pick the one that has the best story teller's - that will be the best.
I happen to like all eras and find them all fascinating. My high school World History teacher infected me with a love of history by concentrating on motivation rather than dates. Bless her!
I love today when Obama is the first president of mixed racial background (some people say he's black, but what about his mother?). I love the renaissance, the days of Socrates in Ancient Greece, the moments when Peter walked on water with his teacher, and the Age of Reason.
If I had to choose, I'd be curious to see what 9600 BC looked like. Was Plato telling us the truth when he said that Atlantis was a true story? We have proof of an Atlantis-like event occurring 9620 BC. We also have genetic proof that an extended family on both sides of the Atlantic was separated about the same time.
It gives me goosebumps to consider that a Dark Age could last longer than our current history. Discovery of direct proof of Atlantis would change our perception of humanity forever, if the place was real.
I'll go with Roman times, but in the republic era, when it was more democratic. It's curious how the Roman lifestyle seems a lot more civilized than that of the post-Rome age (middle ages). They had the aqueducts, roads to every province, scientific medicine. If you think about it, they're government structure is basically the same that we have now!
in history i love about alexander the great, although i forgot his history but a little more, i love it.. its the only name of a person which i didn't forgot otherwise when i learn abt a person after 5 minutes i can't remember tht who's tht person...( am just talking abt the historical people).
elizabethan times for some reason - maybe because i've read a bit of history around it and some novels based on history. i'm sure if i thought about it longer, i'd come up with a few more eras that would be of interest. after visiting Paris and seeing the architecture, the art etc and how some of the streets were planned for I think being there when Napoleon was around would have been quite interesting as well.