Was racism a thing back in Roman times or is it a relatively new concept? I mean sure they called everyone barbarians but that's because they weren't Romans not because of their nationality.
They were right about germaniggers though.
How come after SEVEN coalitions Europe didn't just say fuck it and balkanize france forever?
They showed way more restraint than I'd expect, is it due to war being much smaller and 'professional' in scale then?
After all that shit, the rest of Europe just wanted the French to calm down
Enraging the French people once again wasnt seen as very clever given what they pulled during the Revolution
Also, French royal family was still very powerful in Europe
Not to mention that putting back monarchy was meant to send a message to the pleb of all Europe: "Don't try to rebel, in the end you'll lose anyway".
>Not to mention that putting back monarchy was meant to send a message to the pleb of all Europe: "Don't try to rebel, in the end you'll lose anyway".
Does this take the cake for the most hilarious backfire of all time?
did samurai even fought against any non japanese and won? What's the reason behind them being so dickrided?
Not really samurai just yet, but close enough. I feel the main reason why samurai are adored is an appreciation of the warrior-monk spirit. Mastery of both pen and sword and such. Plus interesting aesthetics mixed with a fair bunch of Japanophilia which arose in the mid 19th century.
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Is Social Democracy a sustainable system?
First the link:
Enochian is an interesting though incredibly complex system of angel magic developed through the late 1500's by John Dee and Edward Kelley. To make matters worse it appears we're missing key documents, and some of what we have was used as a wrap to bake a meatpie. The subject is so unwieldy that it would probably take the entire thread for an introduction, so I'll just touch on some main points and source references:
True and Faith Relation, key source narrative:
The Great Table, an online resource for navigating the central cipher of the system:
There are a goodly number of texts in the library which break down the actual system of magic, transmitted to Dee and Kelley through complex ciphers, and backwards at that. There's circumstantial evidence that Kelley was introducing material from Lurianic Kabbalah. The material was used to spy on other nations for the British crown on the approval of Elizabeth herself. They were also alchemical explorers and contributed to the development of the failed attempt at an alchemical kingdom of Frederick V the Elector Palatine. The following McKenna documentary covers much of this period in terms of alchemy, though it's a McKenna doc. so be prepared to take aspects with a grain of salt:
Others have used this material, including the Golden Dawn and later Crowley. We know that Dee was standardizing his notes via Agrippa's Three Books of Occult Philosophy, which segues into the other topic for the thread: Asterism.
Agrippa relied heavily on planetary and stellar magic. Some of my favorite material from this is Agrippa's elaborations on the Behenian Fixed Stars. Budge (who first translated Coming Forth by Day for a wide audience) asserts these have a Sumerian origin:
A new list of important stars appears with some ominous implications in Crowley's working of the Enochian material in Algeria:
>And the tablet blazeth ever brighter till it filleth the whole Aire. And behold! there is is one God therein, and the letters of the stars in his crown, Orion, and the Pleiades, and Aldebaran, and Alpha Centauri, and Cor Leonis, and Cor Scorpionis, and Spica, and the pole-star, and Hercules, and Regulus, and Aquila, and the Ram's Eye.
>And upon a map of the stars shalt thou draw the sigil of that name; and because also some of the letters are alike, thou shalt know that the stars also have tribes and nations
Cultus Sabbati is a modern synchretic system working out of Draco, which the Arabs reckoned as hyenas attacking a family of camels.
There are tons of great star myths of incredible importance through India. One of my favorites is that of the Matrika, or the star goddesses of the Pleiades, sometimes reckoned to be the wives of the Seven Saptarishi, or wise saints which appear to function as living vessels of stellar transition and are associated with Ursa Major. The Matrika on the other hand round out a list of entities in some tantrik traditions which may be invoked into a properly trained aspirant. Matrikabheda Tantra touches on some of this material and may be accessed via the library. There's a huge amount of material on these subjects, my paragraph is just a springboard.
Anyway, what interesting, obscure, or wild stellar myths do YOU know? Or have info about. I'd love to know more about traditional Chinese astrology and/or what the Norse were doing with the stars. Any info, particularly with [citations] is appreciated, though the traditions and systems mentioned above aren't set in stone.
What is the finest military tactic used throughout history?
My vote goes for the blitzkrieg, its just unstoppable
Who were the most based Germanic peoples, and why was it the Saxons?
Post the most evil human beings throughout history and existence, explain why their so bad/evil.
What do you think is the saddest historical event?
Why did Islamic civilization fall so far behind just about everyone else (save Africa)? They used to be pretty competitive
Even now they are so resistant to any sort of renaissance or change in behavior. It's stifling them, and for what purpose?
Were peasants in medieval Europe really as dirty and stupid as most fiction depicts them?
Does god command the good because it is good, or is it good because it is commanded by god?
A bit of both isn't really an answer to the question.
I should phrase it better.
Is there an absolute morality that god enforces because he is moral, or is something moral because it is commanded by god?
Why were blacks made the slave race?
Could some other race have been enslaved en masse? Like native Americans, Asians, Arabs? And how would American society turn out different if that was the case?