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

General Essays

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

On-line Libraries:

Instant Books, Free of Charge, 24/7

Sword Myths:

Now Appearing on the Web!

 

Spindles, Distaffs, and Spinning Wheels: When and Where

About Osprey Books

 

About Arcadia Books

 Expanded!Ware Words: A Time Frame for Catch Phrases, Slang, and Former Slang That May Be Anachronistic in Your Story's Time

Now with separate pages, for oaths and euphemisms for drunkeness.


 

 

Project GutenbergAbout Project Gutenberg:

Since the dawn of the computer age in the early 1970s, Project Gutenberg has been dedicated not only to moving as much written matter as possible to e-text, but to distributing it as widely as possible. By concentrating on out-of-copyright work (or the occasional copyrighted work used with permission), they can give away free e-books. These are often the old books an historical novelist is dying to get hold of, to view the vanished world they come out of. Many libraries cannot keep century-old books around because they must have room for fifty years of bestsellers. We all hope some day that will include our novels, but for research, the older books can be best, or at least a fascinating new window.

In the bibliographies, if you click on the titles or Project Gutenberg button, you will go to a page where you can download a text or Zipped text file of the book.

Happy reading, and remember that your monetary contributions to PG are tax-deductible. Honestly, even with volunteers, the expenses of the Project are not chicken feed.

If you use them, give something back: send a few dollars, or do some work. You can help proofread upcoming projects, a page at a time if that's all you have time for, at the Distributed Proofreaders.


Anchors:

If you use your Back button from a bibliography or esay, it will take you back to the top of this very long page. If you use the return link at the bottom of the other page, it will take you back to where you left this one. We hope this makes it easier to navigate the site.

Navigating on this Page

By Area

Older Periods

Modern Periods

Global Periods

Sub-Saharan Africa

East Asia & Pacific

Northeast Asia

Korea

Japan

Indian Subcontinent

Southeast Asia

Australia, New Zealand & the Pacific

Eurasia/Central Asia

Europe & Western Asia

Ireland

Scotland

Wales

France

Iberian Peninsula

Germany & Austria

The Americas

North American Native Cultures

Central and South American Native Cultures

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

Migration Ages, 700 to 1100

Arabic Islam, 600-1600: Near East, Mideast, and North Africa

Middle Ages, 1000 to 1450

Renaissance & Reformation, 1450 to 1610

Early Modern, 1610-1690: Hapsburg/Bourbon Europe, Stuart & Puritan England

Colonial Americas, 1600 to 1770

Georgian England & Ancien Regime France, 1690 to 1790

Revolutionary America, 1770 to 1790

French Revolution, 1790 to 1800

Young Republic, 1790 to 1850

Napoleonic Europe, 1800 to 1816

Regency England & Europe, 1810 to 1840

The War Between the States and Reconstruction: 1850 to 1870

Victorian England and Europe, 1840-1900

Victorian-Edwardian Asia

Western Expansion, 1850 to 1890

The Gilded Age, 1880 to 1904

The Great War, 1904 to 1922

The Hot Jazz Age, 1922 to 1934

The Swing Age, World War Two, 1934-1946

The Fifties, The Atomic Age, The Cool Jazz and Rock & Roll Ages, 1947-1963

The Sixties, The Mod Age, The Rock Age 1963-1974

The Seventies, The Disco Age, 1975-1982

 


About MAPS!:

We try to remain accessible to our friends still on gophers, but since they could not look at the graphics of the maps anyway, we don't mind introducing them this way. We have gone through some out-of-copyright books and scanned maps for various periods that we found. In some cases these were OOC atlases; in others, historical maps in old history books and even catalogues. We hope they will be of help to you.

TO DOWNLOAD MAPS:

These are purposely huge files. If there is not high dpi, then the names can't be read and the very detail of roads that you need is lost. Low dpi maps are worthless, unless they are only crude charts to begin with. These aren't: we wouldn't waste the space.

  1. Put your mouse over the thumbnail.
  2. Hold down the button (or right button)
  3. Wait for the menu to come up.
  4. Then download the link to your machine.

Then you have a copy of the map for offline reference that you can bring up in any graphic program and even print out.


About Graphics!:

These are pages which have old period artwork. For example, photos of India back in 1900 or of China in the later 1800s, or engravings of city views. We are not going to collect costume illustrations here: they have already done that better elsewhere. Where we do have a costuming essay, it will be marked Costumeso you can find it faster.

 


Africa

Sub-Saharan Africa, all periods

with occasional forays into the north


East Asia & Pacific

North East Asia, all periods

including China, Mongolia, Siberia & Tibet

 

Korea, all periods

 

Japan, all periods

 

Indian Subcontinent

including Sri Lanka, Pakistan & Bangladesh

 

Southeast Asia

including Myanmar, Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Indonesia, Philippines, etc.

 

Victorian-Edwardian Asia, 1840-1920

European colonialism & travellers

 

Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific

all periods


Eurasia:

the culture zone from the Altfeld to the Altai


Europe & Western Asia

Ireland, all periods

Scotland, all periods

Wales, all periods

France, all periods

Iberia, Spain & Portugal, all periods

  • Bibliography
  • NEWMaps of Spain

Germany & Austria, 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

Migration Ages, 700 to 1100

Arabic Islam, 600-1600

Near East, Mideast, and North Africa

Middle Ages, 1000 to 1450

Renaissance & Reformation, 1450 to 1610

Early Modern, 1610-1690

Hapsburg/Bourbon Europe, Stuart and Puritan England

 

Georgian England and Ancien Regime France, 1690 to 1790

French Revolution, 1790 to 1800

Napoleonic Europe, 1800 to 1816

Regency England & Europe, 1810 to 1840

Victorian England and Europe, 1840-1900


The Americas

North American Native Cultures

Central and South American Native Cultures

Colonial Americas, 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


The World

The Gilded Age, 1880 to 1904

The Great War, 1904 to 1922

  • Bibliography
  •  

    The Hot Jazz Age, 1922 to 1934

     

    The Swing Age, World War Two

     

    The Fifties, The Atomic Age, The Cool Jazz & Rock'n'Roll Ages, 1947-1963

     

    The Sixties, The Mod Age, The Rock Age, 1963-1974

    The Seventies, The Disco Age, 1975-1982

    • Bibliography

       

       


    That's all for now!