>Look on these two pictures — the life of the masses, one long, dull record of struggle and effort entirely devoted to the petty interests of personal welfare, to misery in all its forms, a life beset by intolerable boredom as soon as ever those aims are satisfied and the man is thrown back upon himself, whence he can be roused again to some sort of movement only by the wild fire of passion. On the other side you have a man endowed with a high degree of mental power, leading an existence rich in thought and full of life and meaning, occupied by worthy... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
Let's pretend I'm a White landowner in America during the Presidency of John Adams. What would happen if I read the Koran and decided to convert to Islam? Would people respect my right to free religion, shun me, or both? Would anyone (maybe the Quakers) be chill with me?
You reminded me of that one Muslim slave trader that got captured by some rivals and put into the trans Atlantic slave trade, got sent to the thirteen colonies, somehow met a guy that knew what islam was, managed to get back home, and went back to trading slaves.
Why did no European nation ever grab land in China during the civil war? I mean, it started when the scramble for Africa was still going on, so it seems logical that they would have and they all had their own footholds in the nation which makes it that much easier to do. Also, it was extremely destabilized, especially during the warlord period, which never really ended until complete communist rule. It could have been the largest colonial land grab of all time. Not even Russia took any land and Japan didn't take any until the 30s, decades after the civil war began. You'd... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
The British tried to take Tibet and the qing intervened. The Russians tried too but the qing held them at bay. Japs and Russians also fought over China too. Other countries didn't have enough logistics to keep an area.
>>668162 >the qing >the qing Yes, that's why I mentioned the civil war and the warlord period. I understand that a stable government would never allow a foreign power within it's borders. I'm talking about the decades-long period of civil strife that followed it's collapse. Also: >russo-japanese war >fucking qing again did you read my post? >taiwan, hk the enclaves i mentioned, yes.
Great job. You barely read the first sentence before replying. May as well have said "FURST" while you were at it.
>>668144 Wasn't worth the hassle considering most of the warlords still continued trade with the European powers from before, even with the chaos in the country, more countries just ended up with spheres of economic influence, Britain in the Guangxi and Guandong cliques, and tibet for example, the Russians in Mongolia, and of course the closest to a proper land grab being the Japanese packing of the Fentigen Clique, before their eventual invasion of it in 1931, and replacement of it with their own puppet state
It's more that it was a waste of time and effort, the Swiss were neutral, and totally surrounded by them, there really wasn't much of a point to an invasion.
Unlike Yugoslavia which began to lean too the allies after the Coup, The Netherlands, Luxembourg and Belgium to take down France, and Denmark and Norway to seize the sound strait, and Norway's resources, invading Switzerland didn't offer anything
the sun sets to the west when european traders would meet chinese caravanas in the silk road, because they were heading west, the sun would be seen just behind the chinese. this optical phenomenon made the chinese look yellow.
I have heard that art and architecture in the Eastern Roman Empire somewhat stagnated, turning into >Rectangle >Arches >Rectangle >Arches >Golden rectangle >Maybe a dome
And that when the Ottomans came and conquered it, combined with their own, Persian, and Moorish designers, engineers and architects, really breathed in new life... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
namefagging for duration of the thread for practical purposes >>667637 Now I don;t know much about the ins and outs of Islam, but I noticed a decrease in quality, focus on aesthetics, and workmanship in their designs since 1700.
Shooting out some speculations here, feel free to shoot down which is wrong
>1. Cohesion As Islam was relatively new, it still has novel peoples, lands, and styles to conquer and incorporate as their own, from Persia, to North Africa, to Asia Minor to... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
>>667662 I can't exactly go to the KSA today and start painting colorful murals, build modernist buildings, and go half-naked.
>3. Practicality Much like how classical sculpture was funded through long-term patronage of the rich elite, and popes and rulers could commission great buildings and works of art through a very controlled means of gaining revenue on one end, and a geyser of spending for pet projects on the other, that wouldn't fly today, as people would riot against their... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
>Medieval-Torture-Instruments >includes the fucking iron maiden I can see why people on /his/ like to shit on the Renaissance and Early Modern period so much, because it has such a better reputation than the Medieval period yet a lot of the shit that gets dumped in the 'myth-that-Medieval-Europe-was-horrible' pile deserves to be dumped in the Renaissance/Early Modern pile, even though I love both periods.
Possibly the most cruelest period of European history apart from the 20th century would have... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
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