Was there ever a more glorious/romantic style of combat?
It's crazy how this shit started
>As Dickson had predicted, initially air combat was extremely rare, and definitely subordinate to reconnaissance. There are even stories of the crew of rival reconnaissance aircraft exchanging nothing more belligerent than smiles and waves.
>This soon progressed to throwing grenades, and other objects - even grappling hooks. The first aircraft brought down by another was an Austrian reconnaissance aircraft rammed on 8 September 1914 by Russian pilot Pyotr Nesterov...
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Which city has the best collection of art?
no. all of its art was basically looted by france. the uffizi has some great stuff admittedly, but it is small relative to the british museum or the louvre. its the architecture is influential no doubt, but a lot of it makes no sense with all of its churches stripped of all of its fine art and most of medieval florence demolished after risorgimento baka. and a lot of its buildings can be seen in three days or so, very provincial imo
Would you have fought for your country in WW2 if there was a choice in doing so and you wouldn't have been just forced to do it anyway?
What non-English language has the best and most original thinking taking place with it?
Is it Hebrew or Chinese or something else?
I disagree that Chinese is one of the best, it's actually pretty bad because its structure lends itself to a lot of misunderstandings.
Anyone who speaks a little mandarin thinks right away "hey, won't this structure cause people to be correcting themselves to others all the fucking time?".
And you know what? It does.
When will the myths surrounding the middle ages die off?
People always seem to assume everybody was bathing in their own shit, as well as that the church prosecuted scientists for shits and giggles.
Technology also developed throughout the middle ages, in contrast with common belief.
it will continue so long as people keep perpetuating the myths. the only way to exterminate it is to educate people. so just keep educating people on /his/ senpai. The problem, however, is that by extinguishing the myth, you risk people jumping to the opposite conclusion, that the middle ages was an era of progress and enlightenment a la John Green. So at the end of the day, as long as the public doesn't read, which it never will, it's going to trade one myth for another.
The breakup of the Roman state into petty feudal kingdoms ment europe would survive; but with no taxation to support the sciences and education,no unwashed barbarian tribe was going to create the steam engine
What was Jesus' endgame? Did he sincerely wish to create a more just society or was he trying to rid Israel of Roman rule? Was his nonviolence a way to criticize belligerent Roman policy?
Also, do scholars believed be called himself the Son of God, or was this an embellishment by his early followers?
Trinity didn't exist, nor did people believe Jesus was the son of God, for around 3 centuries after Christ. Eventually people decided they wanted to deify and worship him and built a whole doctrine around it because thats what humans are naturally inclined to do.
Which is more important: the individual or the collective?
In an ethnically homogeneous community, the collective is valued more than the individual.
In an ethnically/racially diverse community, the individual is worshiped while the collective is ignored.
What kinds of dogs did ancient people have? and what did they do with them?
How was life in Tibet before the chinese took over?
Just been reading up on the Kaaba in Mecca. I'm a little confused- it was a site for polytheistic pagan idols and rituals, and yet it's simultaneously the holiest site in Islam? That'd be like making the Pantheon in Rome the holiest site in Christianity, surely. I don't get it.
Not even a bait thread.
It's not difficult
>Abraham builds the first shrine to God
>eventually Pagans take over
>turn it into a shrine for their Idols
>Muhammad clears it out and turns it back into the main shrine for God
Try reading the Quran instead of interpretations, it's the original source on the theology.
>[22:26] We appointed Abraham to establish the Shrine:...
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I can't speak about that directly but often times customs and places of older religions get folded into newer religions to convert populaces.
It's easier to hang up an under new management sign outside then it is to go the conquest route. Or just explain that what the locals were worshipping was merely the same religion only looked at without certain understanding and its all actually the same thing.
Happened a lot.
Ah, thanks, that makes it a lot clearer. Still, it's interesting that they didn't consider it permanently tainted (but I'm not really clear on if Islam can ever consider something to be 'corrupted').
Can we at least agree that Rhodesia was the best country that's existed in Africa in the last 2000 years?
If Biafra would have survived it would probably beat Rhodesia. But thanks to the Eternal Anglo suporting Nigeria that didn't happen.
Apartheid South Africa was significantly better, and would've been much more sustainable, had the sanctions not been put in place. Botswana's getting up there, and if we count North Africa, Gaddafi-era Libya was even better.
Do you follow any religions at all, /his/?
Why did Africans never domesticate Zebra's, or any animal for that matter?
Imagine how terrifying an army of Africans riding zebras and giraffes would be. They would have had a huge advantage had they put in the effort to domesticate certain African wildlife.
Is this worth reading?
did this guy rip off from the gnostics?