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My favourite periods of history

I have always been interested in history, but some periods of time are more interesting to me personally. I’m not talking about specific events, as there are plenty of interesting moments in history, but rather the exact periods which I like, whether it is the politics of the time or the events in them.

  • Medieval England

From William the Conqueror to Richard III dying in battle, the whole medieval period is just fascinating to me. Everything from the numerous civil wars, the foundations of modern-day politics, the swordplay and the crazy kings just appeals to me. It also helps that it is the setting for Dungeons and Dragons and Merlin.

I always imagine a medieval knight riding into battle against a dragon, even though I know that never happened. The politics and people in this period are very interesting, as there are rulers like William I, Henry II, King John, Richard II and Richard III who I find to be interesting figures. Not necessarily good rulers, but intriguing ones.

One particular event I remember vividly is the War of the Roses. The events and the conflicts of that time were great for me as I could think about who was truly a better ruler and whether Henry VI could have been a good ruler if he hadn’t gone mad

I visited Westminster Abbey with my mum a few years ago and I loved seeing the medieval world come to life. I saw the Coronation chair and the tombs of many English Kings.

I just love this time period. I wouldn’t want to live in it, but I love studying and learning about it.

  • Cold War

I just love this period of history, as it shaped the politics of today. I find the whole story of it to be very interesting, as well as the amount of conspiracies and huge events. JFK, the Cuban Missile Crisis,The Space Race, Vietnam War, all these are key events in one of the most turbulent parts of history.

I love the politics behind it and the differences between capitalism and communism interest me. Communism is about everyone having equal working wage while capitalism has imbalance. Both were equally opposed to each other in the Cold War.

There are lots of events which have great story potential as well, like the Moon landing (Doctor Who in Series 6) and it also helps that it was the era of spies and espionage.This might have inspired spy movies such as James Bond.

I personally think that the events after WWII were equally as bad and dangerous as it was before. Even now the world is divided into many sectors, and North Korea and Cuba are still pure Communist.

  • America in the 1920s

The era of gangsters, prosperity and a lot of racial conflict, this era interests me because it is full of contrasts. On the one hand the economy booms and people live prosperously, but on the other hand there is poverty, racial violence and gangsters controlling the streets and manipulating the police. They would bribe policemen with money to stop the police arresting them as they were trading and dealing alcohol, which was banned at the time. The policies and rules of the time as well as the lifestyle of the people are what make me interested in this era.

I think these time periods are important and relevant today because of their lasting impact. The foundations of Parliament and the state of England was defined in the medieval times, the Cold War is technically still going on as North Korea is still a threat to the world. The world in the 1930s was affected by America in the 1920s as the wealth disappeared into the Great Depression, a major trigger for Japan invading Asia. It’s because of these I find them my favourite time periods.


About Ben Williams

I am a 17 year old pop culture addict from the south of England. I write about Doctor Who, superheroes, fantasy, films and occasionally dive into the random world of British culture.

2 responses »

  1. Helen Williams

    I am so fascinated by all history that it’s difficult to chooses my favourite periods. I agree that the time between the two World Wars was very interesting, not just in America but also in Europe – in the UK it saw votes for women, flappers and a wild frivolity, whilst in Germany there was hyperinflation and the rise of the National Socialists.

    I also love the Scottish Highlands history in the years leading up to Culloden. The way to life, the clans, the belief in the King over the water and the conflict with the English.

    I find Victorian England terrifying and awe-inspiring at the same time, with the industrial revolution, increased physical and social mobility, political change and a deep morality. The opposite extreme is pre-revolution France, with its debauchery and gluttony and the gap between the rich and the poor, which eventually led to carnage at the hand of Madame la Guillotine.

    But if I were to pick just one period in history that is my favourite and is interesting from both a social and a political perspective, it would be around the American Civil War – the pre-war way of life in the Deep South, the horrific war itself and the post-war reconstruction. And the long-term impact on the Amercian southern states – segregation, civil rights, the Klu Klux Klan and a deep belief in the Confederacy that has lasted 150 years.

  2. Graham Williams

    I suddenly feel very old when events I lived through are included as one of your favourite periods of history (and no, I don’t mean America in the 1920’s). I enjoyed your analysis, but I think that you will find that most of the espionage films were inspired by books rather than events, although the major authors of this genre (Fleming, Deighton, Le Carre) certainly got a lot of their ideas from the political situation in the 50’s and 60’s.


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