Let's talk about historians. Do you have any 'favorite' historians, whose work you particularly admire? Any historians you dislike?
What do you think qualifies someone to call themselves a 'historian'? I've seen many history books on shelves written by people with degrees in English or other arts degrees aside from history--are their works as valuable as someone who has degrees in history, or do they need history degrees to successfully write about history?
>What do you think qualifies someone to call themselves a 'historian'?
A history doctorate.
>or do they need history degrees to successfully write about history?
They need a history doctorate.
I dislike "historians" who are really just philosophers who try to legitimize their worldviews with references to politics, economics and historical events. They usually do very little historical research of their own and rely on secondary sources and case studies of famous events.
This type of "historian" includes Foucault, Marx, and Hofstadter.
I think we can all agree that, until 1500 or so, Great Britain and Ireland were nowheresville.
- Venerable Bede writing the history only of the British Isles
- Beowulf (English retelling of a Danish story)
- Duns Scotus
- Arthurian legends that were treated as basically "noble savage" legends by the rest of Europe
...and that's about it. It is only in the last 500 years or so that the British Isles produced anything even sort of noticeable.
Europe was also shit until about 1500 years ago when the savages in the North adopted Mediterranean culture and the new Hyperborean era began
Now we live in a Kali Yuga, waiting for the desert-peoples to overwhelm the noble ice-lords of the North
And now the end is near
So I face the final curtain
My friend, I'll say it clear
I'll state my case of which I'm certain
I've lived a life that's full
I've traveled each and every highway
And more, much more than this
I did it my way
Regrets, I've had a few
But then again, too few to mention
I did what I had to do
And saw it through without exception
I planned each charted course
Each careful step along the byway
Oh, and more, much more than this
I did it my way
Yes, there were times, I'm sure you knew
When I bit off more than I could chew
But through it all when there was doubt
I ate it up and spit it out
I faced it all and I stood tall
And did it my way
I've loved, I've laughed and cried
I've had my fails, my share of losing
And now as tears subside
I find it all so amusing
To think I did all that
And may I say, not in a shy way
Oh, no, no not me
I did it my way
For what is a man, what has he got
If not himself, then he has not
To say the things he truly feels
And not the words he would reveal
The record shows I took the blows
And did it my way
Somebody once told me the world is gonna roll me
I ain't the sharpest tool in the shed
She was looking kind of dumb with her finger and her thumb
In the shape of an "L" on her forehead
What is the oldest learnable language?
Was he the most well-spoken figure of the past 50 years?
This sounds like you have a problem with his debating method, you call it slimey, I'd call it appealing to the audience.
He was one of my favourite journalists, and I liked listening to him, maybe not the most well=spoken, but one of my favourites.
He could remain impressively coherent even after 15 drinks of Johnny Black. I've moved on from him as a serious atheist thinker and journalist, but he had a way of illustrating the most salient objections.
I have a question
Why is hitler regarded as the most evil dictator and the prime example of how bad humanity can get, when people in his own time period and before him were even worse?
Mussolini and Stalin both surpass him in their kill counts, Mao killed 40 million chinese, there's even that one british guy that managed the african genocide and enslaved everyone he didn't kill, and I was never even taught his name.
So, why? Was it because of his methods?
How did you start getting into History? What led you to pursue this in spite of all good sense far deeper than anyone else would ever bother?
It can be as stupid and vain as you want.
I'll start with silly
I got into History through the Civilization games and Total War
I always thought Babylon was rad so I read up as much as I could. Then eventually bled into Japanese history through Shogun II
Game of Thrones (inb4 pleb). I got interested in the books, which led me to grand strategy games (CKII-EU4) which got me into actual history.
I didn't realize I was horny for history until I read about Scipio and Hannibal and no one knew what the fuck I was talking about. Thank you based generals. Now studying history in college and enjoying it.
What's your favorite ancient civilization?
So my girlfriend sent me a Latin textbook as a Christmas gift. This happened after mentioning in a conversation I would like to learn it. She already did it in middle school, so I can't bullshit my way through this and now must learn Latin.
I'm already doing stuff on memrise, and the book in question is Lingua Latina Per Se Illustrata by Hans H Orberg. While language learning normally falls under /int/ or /lit/ I gather, Latin seems to be more /his/ than anything and I hope some anons can help me out. I want to get to the level where I can at least read some...
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Read the vulgate cover to cover along with Seneca and Cicero. Also, read online Catholic encyclials in Latin.
And she's probably a good one. Godspeed, OP.
you're missing a great opportunity here OP
imagine all the things that could happen if you let her help you learn, assuming she's willing to teach you
me and my gf had fun learning linear algebra together before she moved away
So what exactly is time?
That depends on your metaphysics my friend. Either it's relational or substantial, depending on how one views the ontological status of spacetime. Relativity demonstrated that absolute time does not exist outside of an individual's reference frame, but it did not probe its structural nature. Presentism, Eternalism, or the block universe are all viable options.
>mongols couldnt expand into south east asia
why is this?
Who's from amond the Norman theory supporters, first belongs the conclusion that the Byzantine sources suggest the existence of not one but several tribes with the name "Rus".
Can someone name a single good thing that has emerged from this godforsaken place in its entire miserable history?
Tell me all about the 30 Years War? What happened in the 30 Years War? What was it all about and who was on what side?
what was life on the frontier like?