What children's history books piqued your interest as a child?
For me it was this Titanic book, which was impossible to get from the school library more than once a year because the reserve list was ongoing.
The Titanic was the thing that got me interested in history but it was this toy. It came with a book that I can't find for the life of me but I still have the toy. I'd sink it all the time and read about what time each deck sank and I started wondering about the people on board's lives and then I was addicted to history.
Damned, I loved that book (even though I was creeped out by one picture of bedsheets floating during the sinking of the ship...thought it were the souls of the dead xD ). Still has a special spot in my bookshelf to this day.
Yes. I think you're thinking of the Stephen Biesty books for the warship and castle. he did a Titanic book as well but it's different from the one in OP.
I'm from the USA.
I'm going to hazard a guess that most people who have memories of lots of Titanic in elementary school were born in the late 80s or early 90s, since when the film came out there was a big boom in Titanic's popularity. Long-ass reserve lists at the library, Scholastic book fairs with loads of Titanic books, teachers suddenly stocking them in their classroom libraries, etc.
So we weren't "taught" Titanic in school, but there were Titanic books in the library... then when the film came out more books were published (or re-released) and they became hot ticket items at school. The only time it was formally brought up in my school district was when we were learning about WWI and the book compared the death toll from the Lusitania to Titanic.
Other than that, any use of Titanic was outside of the curriculum. I had a social history class where every Wednesday was "Discussion Day" and people could bring up any history related topics, we talked about Titanic a handful of times when there was news regarding survivors dying or new findings. I did a report on titanic when the teacher let us choose anything to do a report on.
I would say it's a really popular topic in the USA but probably not in the same way it is in Northern Ireland. Like we have kitschy Titanic Museums where the tour guides are cheesy actors and there's giant blocks of ice so you can ~*~feel what it was like~*~ back then. And inflatable Titanic slides. Which, as a kid seemed cool but as an adult holy fuck, who thought this was okay?
Cheers anon, I couldn't find anything about either of the books I mentioned when googling the book series in the OP
dear america used to be my jam. Rereading these as an adult (along with Dear Canada) they could get pretty dark. Dead babies, murder and scalping, implied assault, that one book where a 14 year old ends up marrying a 30+ year old man who dies horribly then remarries a 20-something guy
are they throwing people down the crapper?
if that's is disposal of bodies to prevent disease isn't it inefficient? also they could jam it with a corpse. trowing corpses over the walls seems more logical
there was some book on medeivil shit. It was dank as hell, had a page that depicted every type of spear and polearm, also depicted a battle where the "french showed up late, as usual." Also had a castle depiction
it's lost forever though
I don't know if it would jam, since there are some recorded incidents of invaders getting into castles by using the latrine chutes. (Château Gaillard being the most famous). Here's the view up a chute at castle Ballymoon.
I've never heard of bodies being disposed that way but if the castle was being attacked, it would be easier to dispose of them this way than risk exposing yourself at the wall.
>bought this book at a book fair after seeing the animated film
>know nothing about the real history
>book obviously ends with talking about how the family was executed, complete with illustration of their murder and making sure to note that Anastasia's dog was also shot and his frozen corpse was later found
Ohhh okay I see what you mean.
I wonder if maybe that was the intention, actually? Since invaders could come up through the wider chutes. Jam it with bodies and it makes it harder for them to get up.