When, if ever, do you think is a good time to give the run-down on the history of a fictional place? I've noticed that in novels which are A: closer to the real world and B: about smaller places tend to reveal pretty much all you need to know except for the plot twists pretty quickly. I don't read that much fantasy set in other worlds, though. I'm running off only a few different examples, and one of them is Lord of the Rings, which is probably not the best constructed of things. (I think it's an amazing book but should be learned from with extreme caution since only Lord of the Rings can get away with doing most of the stuff in it) In some, which felt a bit poorly constructed, they did the same thing of giving at least a basic geography lesson pretty soon off the bat, same for a basic "who is who?" for the recent history of the place. In some examples, usually with no prompting whatsoever, as like a prologue or just as the start to a chapter or something, so the lesson was just presented instead of woven in. Others I read, even if history is important, hold off for a long time, and just give hints that it happened, holding it off for ages before a history lesson is required. Some people probably hate not knowing some of these details right away, especially in a new world, so though I think this is probably better, some people might not like running off a name, 2 locations, and a ton of nudging and hinting for 20 pages. Obviously in fantasy set in the real world, history is taken as a given, and usually it takes a long time for personal history to work its way in, though hints about where things are different are presented usually pretty soon in, just to prove there's an alternate timeline, even if it's secret. Hrm. A lot easier, really. Anyway. When would you give the in-depth history of a place in your writing? Just asking 'cause after lots of hinting and world-building for the present, I cracked and I'm throwing in a history lesson about 60,000 words into my fantasy novel, when previously about 1 historical name with a mysterious story and 1 solid date/fact was known.