Since 1997, you’ve been coming to BarnesandNoble.com to discuss everything from Stephen King to writing to Harry Potter. You’ve made our site more than a place to discover your next book: you’ve made it a community. But like all things internet, BN.com is growing and changing. We've said goodbye to our community message boards—but that doesn’t mean we won’t still be a place for adventurous readers to connect and discover.

Now, you can explore the most exciting new titles (and remember the classics) at the Barnes & Noble Book Blog. Check out conversations with authors like Jeff VanderMeer and Gary Shteyngart at the B&N Review, and browse write-ups of the best in literary fiction. Come to our Facebook page to weigh in on what it means to be a book nerd. Browse digital deals on the NOOK blog, tweet about books with us,or self-publish your latest novella with NOOK Press. And for those of you looking for support for your NOOK, the NOOK Support Forums will still be here.

We will continue to provide you with books that make you turn pages well past midnight, discover new worlds, and reunite with old friends. And we hope that you’ll continue to tell us how you’re doing, what you’re reading, and what books mean to you.

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L_Monty
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Welcome to History!

Hello, everyone, and welcome to History! This board is the place to discuss books that address all manner of histories: from economic, to military, to social, to political, to biographical — dead white men to Marxist theory, legislative documents and counterfactuals, empire and post-colonialism, the conventional and the revisionist.

We will initiate some threads based on monthly titles that we think will make for good discussions, and you should feel free to do the same. Feel free, also, to post long reviews of books you've read, drop a short review in the Quick Reactions thread, ask questions, and generally muse on history in a way that let's others join in.

It goes without saying that people can be passionate on these matters, but we're going to ask that participants please heed the User Guidelines and remember that this is a community built on courtesy and respect. Deliberately argumentative threads will be locked or moved.

Further, we ask you to remember the following:

• Please try to avoid employing these logical fallacies, as they tend to create unwinnable or dishonest arguments disrespectful to the people with whom you're having a discussion.

• Please be respectful of other people's posts. Don't assign to them an argument not made or rewrite their argument to one easier to refute. If you find yourself writing, "So what you're saying is..." stop to ask yourself what motive you have in rewriting their post instead of engaging it directly.

• Please remember that you and your argument are different entities. Things can get critical in here, but your arguments aren't you. Even the best people make a misguided comparisons, use a flawed source or pass on mistaken information. Seeing personal convictions challenged or proved flawed is frustrating, but this can happen when ideas are exchanged and does not diminish you personally. If critical responses prove too distressing, perhaps it's advisable to refrain from sharing on that topic.

Finally, we also ask you to keep in mind that this is first and foremost a book club, focused primarily on the exploration of books. Conversations are naturally going to veer into many directions, but we will from time to time ask that we come back to the books.

Thanks for joining us on this journey! We're looking forward to the discussion.