Im courious about the way /his/ reads. Do you guys make notes? How do you memorize dates or names? Do you re-read alot? How long takes you on average to read a book of about 400 pages? Any tips or suggestions for a new history reader?
I am not a reader. I want to read as well. I memorize names very well after I see them for twice or trice, they just get stuck in my head.
I can tell you, read something that interests you. I recently started reading Meditations by Marcus Aurelius and I read only 3 pages in a whole week. It's really hard for a new reader.
speaking of years of course. I mean without month and day. Im staring to do it just by the las 2 numbers because the century is pretty easy to recall given the context. So for 1054 I just memorize 54 since the century is easy to come up with.
The key is context and reference. The more dates of important events in a time period that you know, the easier it is to fill in dates. You basically end up thinking with reference to another event. For example, you could hear about the War of 1812 and it would remind you of other events happening in Europe. At the highest level, you are essentially putting it all together, via cause and effect. How did everything affect everything else?
Basically, read more. It's just a matter of building a knowledge base to plug dates into. Just trying to remember dates and names doesn't work well.
I have an easy time remembering things when it comes to history. If I cannot recall details, I can at least recall where I read it so that I can easily check it up.
I have an EverNote page on Alexander the Great tho, where I take not of every "new" thing I hear about him or his exploits. Hopefully it will one day form a book.
I tend to memorise what I read quite well, but I'm /lit/ as well as /his/.
It depends on what you're reading and how detailed the information is -- for example it's very easy to remember who Pericles is, but you may forget that his son was named after his (Pericles') father.
Take notes if that helps, but re-reads and reading different sources helps most imo.
>How long to read 400 pages?
Depends on the book. Phaedo -- which is about 50 pages -- took me more time than it did to finish the Iliad.