30 Day History Challenge
From Greatest Generation:
1. Why do you love history?
2. Who is your favourite history-related blog on Tumblr. Why?
3. Tell us a story from your family history.
4. Share a photo of and describe your secret crush from history? Or someone you might want just to hang out with…
5. If you could go back and change one single event in history, what would it be?
6. If you are studying history in college, what is your focus and how do you plan to use your education after school? Or, if history is just a hobby, what’s your favorite subject and why?
7. Tell us about the most recent historical NON-FICTION book you read. Share a brief review.
8. What is your favorite history-related FICTION book read to date. Share a brief review.
9. Tell us a little bit about your favorite time period(s?) in history.
10. Write a four to five sentence thesis statement on the following topic: “The conflicts of the 20th Century helped to shape the course of history in a number of different ways, including politically, economically, societally, technologically, and artistically. Define what you believe to be the century’s pivotal conflict event and how it influenced one of the aforementioned topics.”
11. What’s your favorite historical (non-documentary) movie?
12. Who is your favourite character from a historical movie or TV series?
13. Share a personal favourite portrait, sculpture or other work of art from world history. Also, complete this sentence: “Art throughout human history has…”
14. Pick one of the following and share a photo. Who looks best in their wartime uniform: Jimmy Stewart, Paul Newman, Clark Gable, Ted Williams or Ronald Reagan?
15. Few, if any, of use truly love war, but which, if any, conflict fascinates you the most and why?
16. Share one (just one!) fact from the area of history you know almost too much about.
17. Share a story from your local history (i.e. your town or county).
18. Talk to a veteran who is not your brother, sister, boyfriend, girlfriend, father or mother. Share their story here.
19. “You are most like ____ from history.”
20. What was the best thing about the 1920s?
21. Argue for or against this quote from Good Will Hunting: “I was just hoping you might give me some insight into the evolution of the market economy in the southern colonies. My contention is that prior to the Revolutionary War, the economic modalities, especially in the southern colonies, could be most aptly described as agrarian pre-capitalist.”
22. What fashion trend from history did you miss most?
23. Post a photo of you posing with something or someone historic.
24. Share a favourite sports moment from history.
26. Name one thing you would miss the most if you lived prior to the Industrial Revolution.
27. What character or event in history do you think most deserves a TV show or movie?
28. Post your favourite black and white photo from history.
29. Share some details on the last thing you studied in a history-related class.
30. Reblog your favourite history-related GIF.
(Submitted by clnmynrd)
vfreie replied to your post “Old Fritz or the Baron von Trenck? (I hope this one is harder for you)”*cough* the Austrian Trenck was cooler than the Prussian Trenck anyway *cough*
Tell me about the Austrian Trenck!
He was the officer who raised the pandours corps in the war of the Austrian succession, i.e. the meanest and most outlandishly dressed soldiers in Western Europe at the times, useful skirmishers and cruel pillagers that the Prussians and civilians learned to hate with a passion. Eventually their indiscipline (and a couple other matters like irregularities in the regimental administration and suspicions of high treason because of his Prussian cousin) got Trenck into such trouble that he underwent a court martial and only Maria Theresa’s intercession saved him from the gallows.
But beside that, this guy also had a reputation as a womaniser, roughneck, fearless soldier when facing both the enemy and his superiors, composer of military music and polyglot, as he could speak about seven languages and was born in Southern Italy, at the time when his father was serving in the Austrian garrison of Messina. By the age of 4, he’d already almost gotten himself killed by falling into a fireplace and, on another occasion, accidentally shooting himself in a leg with his father’s pistol.
Surprisingly enough, he was not killed on the battlefield: court-martialed and disgraced, he died under arrest in the fortress of Brno, leaving in his last will 20.000 talers to a town that his troops had laid waste to.