>overpopulation (this is the big one) >failed socialist government "five-year plans" >too much bureaucracy and red tape >they were prevented from industrializing under the British >adoption of democracy in areas where the locals were not ready
We all shit in the street before industrialization. Most of the world shat in the street seventy years ago. I regularly piss on the street, because I live in a small rural community. So?
I've been to India. I saw no one shitting on the street. I did see people shitting near the railway though, but nowhere near as many people walk on the railway. It's poverty, stupid. They were virtually enslaved by their own caste system, national divisions and European imperialism invited in for the purpose of sheer greed -- self interest at the expense of another here being... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
ITT: Favorite historical figures and why they interest you.
He was admired by Allied generals but Axis generals hated him because of his nontraditional tactics. I think he is one of the last true strategic masterminds and honorable military figures. Plus it's always interesting how people react when they find out not all "Nazis" were bloodthirsty jew-haters
This picture being the face of the board is going to cause strife and anger until it is removed. My feelings on him aside, I think we should choose a more universally accepted face for the board. A poet, a philosopher, an archaeologist, a musician, or many other options would cause less controversy than a general who lead a particularly death/rape filled march.
>>24705 According to the American media, the opinions and feelings of Southerners can be safely disregarded. Anyway, most of them are spineless. Look how easily they took their flags down. They deserve to be spat on.
I would believe you, but I'm going to need written sources here. Oral history is great, but only when it is backed up by written sources. North Africa is different, of course, and isolated from Africa-proper.
>>24690 corruption, tribal mentality, lack of educaion, low morals, plus a whole tonne of geographical shit - like crops not growing, or the seeds not actually being there (i.e. it's hard to feed a stable population when weat wont grow in a desert
I'd say it's a mix of africans being (on average) genetically/biologically shit (including intelligence) and the actual area not having ports, etc
I mean yeah there are resorces but it's no good when you live in some desert 234567590432km away
plus there isn't much water in a lot of it
also a lot of tribal religion, and colonialism didn't really do that much good
>>24606 >Allies not backing the Nationalist Chinese forces in China was a mistake.
That sort of backing meant treating Chinese as expendable hordes of cannon fodder to soak up 30+ divisions of the IJA. You can understand when people realized that either being canon fodder or starving to death was a bum deal.
>>24565 Standing up to the commies? Hell yea he was... he's probably dead tho. If you need to use tanks against your people, you're doing something wrong... interestingly enough, a similar thing happened in the usa during the 20s or 30s... I can't quite remember it's been a while since I read about it... but a bunch of ww1 vets weren't paid for their service and they protested in Washington, and they got tanks turned on them.
Starting this again because the moderators need to learn their place. This is a perfectly valid historical subject.
Was the French Revolution the beginning of the end for noble European culture?
It seems that almost every destructive trend in recent Western history had its roots in the French Revolution.
Consider this passage by Nietzsche:
>Which of them has been provisionally victorious. Rome or Judaea? but there is not a shadow of doubt; just consider to whom in Rome itself nowadays you bow down, as though before the quintessence of all the highest values —and not only in Rome, but almost over half the world, everywhere where man has been tamed or is about to be tamed—to three Jews, as we know, and one Jewess (to Jesus of Nazareth, to Peter the fisher, to Paul the tent-maker, and to the mother of the aforesaid Jesus, named Mary). This is very remarkable: Rome is undoubtedly defeated. At any rate there took place in the Renaissance a brilliantly sinister revival of the classical ideal, of the aristocratic valuation of all things: Rome herself, like a man waking up from a trance, stirred beneath the burden of the new Judaised Rome that had been built over her, which presented the appearance of an oecumenical synagogue and was called the "Church": but immediately Judaea triumphed again, thanks to that fundamentally popular (German and English) movement of revenge, which is called the Reformation, and taking also into account its inevitable corollary, the restoration of the Church—the restoration also of the ancient graveyard peace of classical Rome.
>Judaea proved yet once more victorious over the classical ideal in the French Revolution, and in a sense which was even more crucial and even more profound: the last political aristocracy that existed in Europe, that of the French seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, broke into pieces beneath the instincts of a resentful populace—never had the world heard a greater jubilation, a more uproarious enthusiasm: indeed, there took place in the midst of it the most monstrous and unexpected phenomenon; the ancient ideal itself swept before the... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
>Was the French Revolution the beginning of the end for noble European culture? No, it was the begining of a new and better era.
>It seems that almost every destructive trend in recent Western history had its roots in the French Revolution. There is no such thing as a destructive trend in history. Stop being a faggot and romanticizing the feudal past. There has never been a better time to be alive.
>almost destroyed entire planet in his crazed lust to see Castro dead >worked with mob to gain power and used political sway to protect them >lied about USSR military capabilities to beat Eisenhower in election >ramped up Military Industrial Complex >lost his ship in WWII, influential father (who happened to be Hitler supporter) saw to it that John would become "war hero" Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
Because their environment made a stable source of wealth impossible. You can't really have large-scale agriculture to consistently sustain a large population on the steppes. Most wealth is tied to sheep and goat-herding, as well as horses but in smaller amounts, which need to be constantly on the move for fresh grazing grounds, which is vulnerable to the whims of weather. As a result, their economy was usually dependent on getting necessary and luxury goods by force or by trade with sedentary civilizations. The fact that familiarity with the horse and the bow gave them such a military edge and their harsh environments raising tough men fit for warriors compared to the sedentary farmer, made war a natural option even when trade was possible, and they were quite good at it.
The mongolian khanates declined due to disputes over succession, overextension which meant that the number of actual mongols in an army was increasingly small so they eventually just got integrated by the people they conquered, and as time went on warfare changed and due to the structure of their societies they were unable to adapt to it.
The South secession was hugely motivated by slavery, but the North was largely motivated by the need to keep the South for revenue purposes. At the time, the South was paying well over half of the tax, and there were also concerns of the Mississippi River being closed to Midwest shipping.
An interesting thing to me is the South's formation in the context of the age of Nationalism- the South was beginning to think of itself as an independent section with its own culture and traditions around the same time Germany and Italy were pursuing unification. The war accelerated... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
It's fairly accurate, but remember its simply an attempt to explain how and why Europeans had several significant advantages over the rest of the world. I am sure that there are some parts of it that might contain some factual inaccuracies however I think that the majority of objections to this book are ideological and are mostly espoused by /pol/tards.
One of the most fascinating theories I've heard about ancient Egyptian civilization is that they got their knowledge from a civilization that's even older. The way the Great Pyramid of Giza was built, it's mathematical accuracy and construction, is likely way more advanced than what Egypt was capable of at the time. It's possible that there was another civilization, more advanced, and lost to time. What does /his/ think? Is there some truth to it, or is is bullshit? Was Egypt really one of the first civilizations capable of undertaking such massive building... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
honestly no one really knows who constructed the pyramids. they were just copied and copied over again and again but with horrible results. people all want to lay claim that they are the progeny of the builders.
>>24039 No i am pretty sure they built them. Their mathematics included the idea of a slope, kind of like y=kx. The slope of a pyramid is the same slope a pile of sand has, for example, the sand in an hourglass.
Why is the Middle East as fucked up as it is today? Is it all because how the British and the French messed with their national borders after WW1 or did something already go terribly wrong long before that?
>>23993 When hasn't shit been going wrong over there? You can hardly say its anything as recent as the British. Being the intersection point between three continents its always been pretty screwy. The birthplace of civilization, but still screwy.
>>24122 You're speaking pretty relatively there. It was a time period of stability and growth but I hesitate to call that anything more than the result of an empire keeping its foothold strong. And that didn't last long.
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