I guess I've contributed enough to write a profile here...
"En effet, l'histoire n'est que le tableau des crimes et des malheurs" (history is nothing more than a tableau of crimes and misfortunes), writes Voltaire, and perhaps he's right about that, but what an interesting tableau it turns out to be!
For all the gore and gristle and calamities and cataclysms, history is fascinating and wonderful, and I enjoy learning about it. (And from it)
I'm definitely not an expert, as my answers probably show.