Hi everyone,

This coming Thursday, May 10, at 6:30 p.m., the NPRC History Group meets for this month’s book discussion and dinner, at the IHOP Restaurant, 30200 US Hwy 19 N, Clearwater (on the west side of US 19, just south of Curlew Road). We requested a separate room for our discussion. Please order something to eat; the room is private and the restaurant has a full dinner menu.

This will be an unusual meeting, in that we will be discussing how to take on a very big subject:  the history of the British Empire.  The idea will be creating manageable segments, by time eras, places (e.g., Europe, India, North America, Asia, Australia, etc.), major events and conflicts, etc.

Second only to learning our own history, learning that of the British Empire has great value for Americans who want a better understanding of our historical background.

Again attached is a pdf list of related books sent out last month, as well as a MS Word file of Wikipedia’s 23 page summary of the history of the British Empire (for a quick review if needed). [Ed.note: please contact John directly for this information:]

This group was formed in 2013 with a goal of learning about American history through discussion of books as diverse as The 5,000 Year Leap (by W. Cleon Skousen), biographies of presidents and others, those about conflicts from the Revolution through WW I, our economic growth and problems, etc.  Included in these was Democracy in America, by Alexis de Tocqueville, a French aristocrat traveling in America in the 1830s.

The De Tocqueville book had its influence — the idea that the history of this country was inextricably intertwined with that of “the old world”.  As a result, we added to our goal learning the history of the peoples who formed this nation — and the history that formed them.  This resulted in selecting a wide range of books about events, people, places, and eras, from the Crusades to Genghis Khan, the Ottoman Empire, the French Revolution and Napoleon, to name a few.

Hope to see you there at 6:30 pm on Thursday! Any questions let me know.


John Halpin