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Monday, July 09, 2007

Peaceful Lives?

The Word Wenches have a cool competition (they're calling it a "treasure hunt") going on. Pretty thought-provoking, actually.

They are asking for you to consider history and think about a 60 + year period in which the characters you write might live and die peacefully. In other words, is there a period of 60 + years in which there was no war, no devestating famine, no plague? When and where?

I'm thinking about it and frankly, there's not any good stretch related to us in the USA, certainly.

We start at 1607 (soon after Eliz. I's death in '03--and she was embroiled with the Spanish, the Irish, the Scots), jump from all sorts of problems with the indigenous peoples to the American Revolutionary War (1776-1783), get into the War of 1812 (while Europe's still having issues with that ego-maniac, Napoleon), have our Civil War (1861-1865), war with Spain (1898), WWI (1914-1918), WWII (1939-1945), Korea (1950-53), Vietnam (a mess from about 1954-1973), Persian Gulf War (1991), Afghanistan mess (2001...), Iraq (2003...)...

Thank goodness we're a relatively "young" country! And there were quite a few conflicts I left out!

Hmm...So the American colonies and USA can't qualify for the 60 + year stretch... I studied Russian history, too, and I think they'd be hardpressed to qualify, too. Africa--a mess of tribal wars and revolutions. South America also had its issues (but they might make it...hmm--I don't know enough, frankly). Japan and China are out (I'm pretty certain).

Yikes! Now I'm curious about who and when (other than in Switzerland possibly) might qualify... I'll have to read the replies to their posts.

What do you think? Anybody able to die in their beds without ever having fear of war or plague?
~Saoirse

2 comments:

RomanceWriter said...

I say set it in the future where you can just make up the fact that no wars happened for 60 years. LOL. Cause I doubt there is a time period in history when that happened. Maybe on some small little island, untouched by the world, or some monks in the mountians somewhere.

Anyway, just wanted to drop in and say hi, so hi!

Sara

Saoirse Redgrave said...

See--there IS hope! :p Space opera it is, then! :-)

Thanks for stoppin' in, Sara! Take care!
~Saoirse

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