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[*] posted on 6-20-2011 at 05:49 PM
Favourite Time Periods


Hey y'all!

My novel (in thinking) involves a time traveling band of misfits. While I have a large list of time periods they may visit or characters may have originated from, they are all very European based (i.e. Elizabethan England and France, WWII). If anyone has any suggestions of time periods please post a list.

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[*] posted on 6-20-2011 at 10:35 PM


I don't blame you for the very European-based list. Countless wars are interesting, at the least. :rolleyes: My favorite time periods are also dominated by European ones. A few that come to mind:

  • French revolution
  • Napoleonic wars
  • Roaring 20s
  • Boxer rebellion
  • Meiji restoration in Japan
  • Revolutions of 1848, just for the chaos factor
  • Prehistory, like with dinosaurs and such--if that counts

Hope that sparked some ideas. ;)




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[*] posted on 6-20-2011 at 11:15 PM


I like the abstract ones.

-Salem Witch Trials of the mid 1800s in Massachusetts
-Agricultural Revolution
-I request you also include a futuristic one too
-Also one thing that could be cool is a pet dinosaur.




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[*] posted on 6-21-2011 at 12:09 AM


Europe got a very rich history as for barbary.
Also, I'd say the most interesting stages are the Charlemagne's Empire, the Bizantine Empire, for the peace and unity.
For romance, the late middle ages are pretty cool, as the chevalresque love is still this Holly Grail of romance.
Then the Renaissance is very nice, with a lot of misteries, discoveries and thrills. The enlightment in France (sorry i gotta brag about my country haha) then is full of philosophy.
Victorian Era is, by the way, the best for Steampunk stuff.
Early 1900s got some cool stuff going on too, then the wars take over everything and I personally dislike it, but they can be a good era for a story.
The 60s are the coolest era to my mind. Hippies, etc., just amazing ! And then, I won't detail all the musical eras, but it all depends on your musical tastes. Reggae, Punk, Rock, Electro, Rap...
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[*] posted on 6-21-2011 at 01:20 AM


My favorite times are along similar lines

A few favorites being
-WWII the war as well as what was going on on the home front
- the American revolution
- shayss rebellion
- the Boston massacre
- Paul reveres ride
- france 13th century notre dame
- America the war of 1812
- England during the time the great charter the magna carta was instated
- civil war
- ancient Egypt
- Hollywood in the 20's
I also like the Salem witch trials that reminds me ancient Rome , Greece and the time of the puritans are great ones of intrest




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[*] posted on 6-21-2011 at 11:38 AM


Quote: Originally posted by Wingman  
I also like the Salem witch trials that reminds me ancient Rome , Greece and the time of the puritans are great ones of intrest


Ooh, that reminds me. I think the Trojan War could be a very cool time period, as could Alexander's sweep across Europe/Asia. It'd be awesome, as well, if the events of I, Claudius turned out to be real history. :)




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[*] posted on 6-21-2011 at 02:12 PM


I find the Nazi Germany side of WWII particularly interesting. I wouldn't call it my favourite time period, 'cause y'know, a lot of bad stuff happened, but I can't help but be interested in learning about it.

Also, Ancient Rome and/or Greece would be interesting.

And DINOSAURS!!!




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[*] posted on 6-21-2011 at 11:27 PM


Maybe the Meiji Restoration?
It had huge impacts on Japan's economy and political structure and helped make Japan the world power it is today.




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[*] posted on 6-22-2011 at 11:14 AM


Just to add a few outside North America/Europe:
The Song dynasty in China (960-1279) - rich culture, first use ever of paper money, population of China doubled, first known use of gunpowder
The rule of Ashoka the Great in India (ruled from 269 BC to 232 BC) - expanded India greatly, critical in making Buddhism a world religion, great supporter of nonviolence
Islamic Golden Age (750-1258) - large advances made in pretty much every area - philosophy, engineering, science, art, etc.
The Songhai empire in West Africa - in particular, the rule of Askia the Great, (1442 1538) accountable for bringing Islam to the empire, huge cultural revival in Mali, and increased trade with Europe and Asia
South Africa in the 1990s - Nelson Mandela's work against the Apartheid and his presidency


Also, anywhere in either of the Americas before Europeans arrived has a rich history - Mayan empire, the Aztecs, the First Nations, etc.
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[*] posted on 6-23-2011 at 11:08 PM


That's so much you guys! These ideas are great! (I can feel the inspiration juices bubbling...)
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[*] posted on 7-2-2011 at 11:49 PM


My two favorites are generally

Modern day.
15 century England style (all my fantasy world's end up getting based on this time period... unconsciously)

I've always wanted to write a story set in 1940's Scotland... or any time in Scotland, but there ya go :)

Also loving the 60's :)





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[*] posted on 7-3-2011 at 12:50 PM


In response to the witch trails in Massachusetts. There were also witch trails in the UK if you wanting to keep your story in Europe. There was a lot in Lancashire and Cornwall/Devon areas... I think.
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[*] posted on 7-12-2011 at 09:37 PM


India has a very rich history as well. India and China. *nodnod* The British raj in India would be interesting to write...



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