What does it mean to be a 'history buff' or to be interested in history?
I think often it's treated like a special club that requires knowledge of dates, and battles, and which general planted what flag where. While I agree that those historical events are important, and worth knowing and preserving, they're not the only types of history worth pondering.
I'm interested in the history of lives. Not just a painting, but the story of the man who painted it. Not just deflation, but the price of bread for a family. History can mean the development of fashion and fabrics, or the history of poetic structure, or the type of shoes men wore in 1725, or the history of Verdi's most popular opera.
What makes you interested in history, and what time period interests you?
I've posted a new short story, this one takes place shortly after the end of World War II. I'll skip ahead to the modern era, and to a cheery pair in next Sunday's story!