Times and Places

Rating System for All Bibliographies

no mark: have not read, or read long ago
YY = good details, but not focused on the period
X = poor, possibly misleading; avoid
* = passable; may have noticeable gaps or lacks
** = basic and introductory, but accurate
*** = good; may have outstanding features
**** = outstanding, even if limited in subject
*****! = superb; recommended reading; gives unique insights


 Finding a Century and a Continent: The All-Purpose Micro-Bibliography

 Plannning Your Assault on the Mountain of Information

 Middle-Tech: Books on Crafts and Skills For Ancient, Medieval, Frontier, and Other Self-sufficient Characters

 Books, Lies, and Videotape: How Really Informative ARE the New Media?

 Without Time Machine: Realistic Appraisal of the Research Trip for Historical Novelists

(and substitutes in case you can't make one)

 What is Inter-Library Loan?

(and the Library of Congress catalog search URL)

 "You Found That WHERE?": Where to Look Besides History Books

Anachronisms Part 1: The Perils of Haste 

 Anachronisms Part 2: The Perils of Hindsight

Equine Data: Speeds, Load Carrying, Feed, and So Forth
Ware Words: A Time Frame for Catch Phrases, Slang, and Former Slang That May Be Anachronistic in Your Story's Time

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Sub-Saharan Africa, all periods

with occasional forays into the north

East Asia

North East Asia, all periods

including China, Mongolia, Korea & Tibet

Japan, all periods

Indian Subcontinent


the culture zone from the Altfeld to the Altai

Europe & Western Asia

Ireland, all periods

Scotland, all periods

Prehistoric Europe and Asia, before 5,000 BC

Ancient Persian Gulf, 4000 BC to 2000 BC:

Sumer, Akkad, Dilmun, and the Indus Valley

Ancient Egypt, 4000 BC to 500 BC

Ancient Mesopotamia & Near East

2000 BC to 500 BC

Minoan & Mykenaean Cultures

2000 BC to 1200 BC

Classical Greece, 700 BC to 300 BC

Hellenistic Mediterranean and Classical Rome

300 BC to 300 CE

Non-Classical Europe: Celts, Germanics, Iberians, etc.

Late Antiquity, 300 to 800

Dark Ages, 700 to 1100

Arabic Islam, 600-1600

Near East, Mideast, and North Africa

Middle Ages, 1000 to 1450

Renaissance & Reformation, 1450 to 1700

Georgian England and Ancien Regime France, 1700 to 1790

French Revolution, 1790 to 1800

Napoleonic Europe, 1800 to 1816

Regency England, 1810 to 1830

Victorian England and Europe, 1840-1900

The Americas

Native American Cultures, all periods

North, Central and South America

Colonial America, 1600 to 1770

Revolutionary America, 1770 to 1790

Young Republic, 1790 to 1850

The War Between the States and Reconstruction

1850 to 1870

Western Expansion, 1850 to 1890

Gilded Age, 1880 to 1922

The Jazz Age, 1922 to 1939

World War Two

The Fifties, 1947-1963

That's all for now!

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