I was always in favor of a history forum, which would obviously include much on military history.
I felt at one time that posts discussing historic conspiracy themes were often denigrated to what was then "below top secret", and I found this rather
unfair considering that anything to with the Neanderthals stayed "above top secret".
Nowadays those separate log-ins and labels don't exist anymore, and I just go through ATS and the off-tops looking for a juicy thread to comment
So I'm no longer as put-off by the irony of accepting 40 000 year-old blandness as "true conspiracy", at the cost of the last 2000 years as
"chit-chat" (unless it's religious tendentiousness).
I think we do need a historical forum on ATS (as distinct from "ancient history" or the religious forums).
Perhaps threads on debated topics like holocaust denialism are really about how history is written, and who writes history, and how we can even know
A history forum might be less visited at first, but I think it would make ATS more user-friendly for students and others, and present music and
writing in a more unified form.
So to me a history forum would:
1. Encourage debates on the writing of history itself
2. Encourage the preservation of historical narratives given by members
3. Encourage new thinking and perspectives on recycled topics (like for example homosexuality) that are otherwise rarely placed into a historical
4. Encourage debates on how recent history creates identities, and how history shows that the personal is political
5. Encourage debates about historical technologies
Although a time-limit is debatable, I'd say this forum discusses history from Ancient Rome to Now.
It will cover all the intricate modern blood-lines and so forth.
It really is a bit of gap on ATS.
edit on 19-2-2012 by halfoldman because: (no reason given)