I see all the war movie things and war book things on the main forum. Ok, but rather sad.
Next door neighbor boy wants to learn about Europe (used to want to learn about Oceanography); probably doesn’t know what he really want’s to learn about. But he want’s to know about Europe, so I gave him my copies of “The Age of Voltaire”, “Rousseau and Revolution” and “The Age of Napoleon”.
We’ll see if he really wants to learn European History, toot suite. If he does, I’m holding “The Age of Reason Begins” and “The Age of Louis XIV” in the bookcase.
Understanding history is a monumental task. Those that wish to undertake it, in the spirit in which it was performed, have my most sincere admiration and support.
This is a Movies thread - why the post from JWE here? Isn't he banned?
"I see all the war movie things and war book things on the main forum. Ok, but rather sad".
Sorry, but can you possibly be more condescending?
quote: How old is he?
"Next door neighbour boy".
quote: suggests he's what? a teenager and starting out in the subject. If so, I'm surprised you would give him The Age of Voltaire to read. I read the opening couple of paragraphs and put it straight down.
"wants to learn about"
We’ll see if he really wants to learn European History, toot suite.
Maybe the kid is a genius, but trying to get my head around that even now would put me off the subject for life. Surely if you want to really encourage someone young in a subject you would start out in a general way - big colourful reference books with pictures and maps - and build up over time?
Oh, and by the way, why does European history revolve around the French and such a limited timespan?
BTW. Just to be clear about the above post. I have admiration for anyone that can read, understand and enjoy books like The Age of Voltaire. The point I was making was simply that it, along with the others mentioned, seems strange choices to give a boy starting out on a subject - nothing against the works themselves...or indeed the French.
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