My interests are pretty eclectic. I started out focused on German history, but reading about the Sonderweg and the shifts in historical methodology made me interested in theoretical questions and the other social sciences.

Currently, I am trying to improve my note taking, so I can better aggregate what I know/am interested in.

Pursuant to that, I am trying to learn emacs, orgmode, and orgroam. It's been a bit rough.

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Interests in bio. To draw connections for cat-3: I like old-school social history, because of its focus on material conditions. HBE seems interesting because it investigates very basic interactions people have with their environments and tries to generalize. HS because it engages in spatial and temporal comparison while often focusing on larger units. AM because of its materialism and attempt at reducing larger units to their components.

For German history, I am interested:

1) social democracy both in terms of its theories and in terms of what social factors allowed for its success and failure;

2) The structure of society in Germany during the imperial period. How was power distributed and how did organisations form?

3) How Germany fits into Europe. Not so much was it exceptional or not, but how it functioned in the European state system and what traits of its were general to Europe vs particular to it or a subset of Europe.

(3) leads into an interest in democratisation and power. Imperial Germany had to deal with popular pressures and had to navigate them. As did other European states, most of which did not establish universal suffrage until post-WWI.

So what constraints were they under, what economic and social facts drove democratisation, and what strategies did different elite actors use to try to incorporate popular energies? How successful were they?

Rambling a bit now, but I wanted to give a nice overview of what my interests actual are lol.

@notyetpassed Welcome!

Life hack that I learned...very late - when you're posting a thread, click on the globe thing and set it to 'unlisted' that way they don't clutter up the timeline.

@notyetpassed I literally found this out a few months ago (maybe idk time with pandemic) when someone posted that as a tip. I really wish I had learned about it earlier

@notyetpassed Welcome! I share your interest in #emacs, #orgmode, and #orgroam. They are fantastic tools, that I've been using for decades (Emacs) or years (org-mode) and still feel like I have only scratched the surface. Happy to help any way I can, and also learn from what you're figuring out!

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