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  •  Mmmm, don't bother. (2+ / 0-)
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    musing85, TheMomCat

    I have no proof they are yours -- and, since I taught high school for over 15 years, I recognize when someone is a bullshitter and does superficial research.

    They tortured people to get false confessions to fraudulently justify our invading Iraq.

    by gchaucer2 on Mon May 04, 2009 at 06:35:30 PM PDT

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    •  Oh, I did do my research. (0+ / 0-)

      God, bad memories from hours in the library ;__;

      •  That comment betrays more than you probably (2+ / 0-)
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        either wanted or intended to reveal. Anybody who finds that research time gives him bad memories probably wasn't very good at it. I have nothing but good memories of the hours I've spent in libraries and archives doing research.

        •  I found it very tedious. (0+ / 0-)

          Especially the Perryville paper. There was a definite lack of primary sources when compared to other battles. The language annoyed me as well.

          I have written much more enjoyable papers then the civil war ones.

        •  Thanks, musing85 (4+ / 0-)

          precisely my reaction and I couldn't muster the energy to write what you so accurately did.  Going to the library is like looking up a word in the dictionary -- hours later, you wonder where the time went.  Libraries are a special world.

          They tortured people to get false confessions to fraudulently justify our invading Iraq.

          by gchaucer2 on Mon May 04, 2009 at 06:51:06 PM PDT

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          •  De nada (3+ / 0-)
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            TheMomCat, trashablanca, gchaucer2

            When I'm in France digging around in the archives, it's a ton of work. I'm there when they first open in the morning, I usually work through the lunch hour, and I only leave when they either kick me out at closing time or when I'm done with a box and there's not time enough to dig into another one before they're about to kick me out. At the end of the day my bum is numb, my hands are dirty, my eyes burn, I'm starving, and my mind's a-whirl with all the documents I've looked through, the connections between them, and what I hope I'll find later on. And then I get up at the crack of dawn the next day and do it all over again. Do that for a month, and then come home and digest.

            Sure, I get to play tourist on the weekends and in the evenings (if I have the energy), but five days out of every week, I'm working full-time. And I fuckin' love it.

            •  I'm jealous!!!! (4+ / 0-)

              I'm waiting for the time to get back to NYC to the public library -- they've re-done the Map Room.  It is like being at the Met Museum -- which section do I want to spend the day???  

              My tiny local library has a sad collection, but if one spends time, you can find a treasure.  Of course, with my card, I can get a book from any library in the State and have library privileges at each of them.

              Finding a library tedious is like saying you find the Louvre tedious.

              They tortured people to get false confessions to fraudulently justify our invading Iraq.

              by gchaucer2 on Mon May 04, 2009 at 06:59:23 PM PDT

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            •  Have you seen anything good on the Templars? n/t (0+ / 0-)

              "We must fight their falsehood with our truth, but we must also fight falsehood in our truth." Niebuhr

              by Void Indigo on Mon May 04, 2009 at 07:10:00 PM PDT

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              •  Wrong period (2+ / 0-)
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                TheMomCat, trashablanca

                I'm a modern European historian; my research work is on social policies in the French Zone of Occupied Germany after the Second World War.

                And all the primary sources on the Templars were burned or otherwise destroyed in the fourteenth century. There isn't anything to work with--which leaves the field wide open for all manner of hysterical speculation, which is what you'll find in most any modern work on the Templars, up to and including Dan Brown.

      •  Library of Wikipedia (0+ / 0-)

        last resort of those who  . . . . .

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