Was the Indian-Pakistan split really the best solution?
aurangzeb should have genocided all the loos, akbar was a faggot.
Tell me about this man
I am also interested in knowing more about Valentino.
Machiavelli seems to portray him as the most ruthless and efficient politician of his day, but I have not read anything specifically about him.
Why did Austronesian speakers never settle in Australia? They settled everywhere else in Oceania, including New Guinea
That's actually a really good question, is there any evidence of Austronesian/Polynesian contact with Australia? or did they somehow miss the massive fucking island while managing to locate New Zealand and Easter island?
They did seasonally, blandaed with native women to the point that the aboriginals started a tradition of carrying a screen to hide women behind when strangers came, introduced words/islam/dugout ships and planted tamarind trees
They didn't settle because Australia was too hard for them to survive and because they made money from the sea cucumbers they sailed their for by selling to Chinese.
"What if?" question.
USA goes full empire mode. Not in a term of "conquering the world", but ends the silly democracy and things like human rights and rules of engagement in wars and follows a simple goal to be the strongest entity in the World and does not tiptoe around important questions but goes in hamfisted.
Example: Mass use of chemical weapon and concentration camps in Afghanistan, capture of Cuba? Maybe?
How does not-nice America act?
I doubt America would ever make its flag look so shitty. If the world doesn't turn into a nuclear wasteland then America would still not win. The death toll would probably reach millions and the entire culture of America would have to change into something similar to nazi Germany before they would allow that. The government would have to tell a really big lie before the average citizen would allow death on such a scale.
My girlfriend says the seeds of Britain's decline were sewn in the Glorious Revolution. She's probably biased because she's Catholic, but I asked her how she could figure that when Britain reached its zenith in the 19th Century, and she just said a fatal wound can take a long time to kill.
Is she full of it? I don't know enough about it comment.
>She's probably biased because she's Catholic
there's your problem. dump that papist trash. youll do yourself a big favor
and yes she is full of shit. its ahistorical to point to one event and then make it out to related to a totally different historical period, namely, the 20th century when the british empire contracted. Also she doesn't know shit because it was the glorious revolution that started the British empire in the first place. before that it was a...
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Is religion inevitable? Along the lines of:
>[bad things happens]
>A: I think a witch did this.
>B: That's stupid, there's no such things.
>A: That's exactly what a witch would say.
Is there any pre-modern (not post-religious) society anywhere that didn't subscribe to the supernatural?
People are born animists.
This is what pisses me off about a lot of atheists-they think literally all religions are "muh skydaddy" for time immemorial. It's not all demigods and prophets and shit.
>Iranian and indians
>existing thousands of years before proto indo Europeans
I hope this is a reference to geography because this makes no sense
It's like saying Protestantism existed before Christianity
English Enlightenment thinkers > French Enlightenment thinkers
The guy that said humans are chaotic evil and we need to an absolute monarch that controls every aspect of our life, despite the fact that the monarch will probably be just as evil as everyone else?
Scottish Enlightenment was superior 2bh
Why do the vast majority of people subscribe to a whiggish, progressive, linear version of history?
Do the people using "IT'S 2015" as an argument even know what they are saying? They're Whigs without even knowing what that means.
In your opinion, what is the most brutal historical torture or execution, i would say either scaphism or that thing where the prisoner was ripped apart with hot pliers in the town square
Is Canada's history (what history is actually has) really all about being the "nice guy" of the world?
Were there ever any violent/racist points in its history?
I'm an American who is genuinely interested in Canada's past because I can't believe that a country has a clean past.
I'm already aware of the residential schools and the shit done to the natives, but that hardly counts.
is there any philosopher more based than hume?
I certainly can't think of one fa.m
>the Self: BTFO
>all scientific paradigms before and since: BTFO
Where were you when the entirety of human intellectual...
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If mankind ever discovered for certain that we were not alone in the universe, what do you think the reaction would be?
Is a "Communist state" an oxymoron? Isn't a state antithetical to pure communism? Also isn't communism an economic system, not a political one?
That's like establishing a "Christian state" even though Jesus never advocated a kingdom on earth but rather promised one in heaven. How did communists justify establishing communist states?
>The state becomes a revolutionary apparatus that 'manages' the transition from capitalism/monarchy/whatever into 'pure communism.'
Amazingly enough, this is right.
>Usually this just means killing people.
Right because the liberal states didn't form from violent revolutions nor maintain themselves by killing people in imperialist conquests :)
Those countries never claimed to be communist
They were officially socialist (and socialist autocracies in practice) as in Marx's stage of development
Hence in domestic propaganda they were always "building towards communism"
and yes, it is an oxymoron because communism = no state
It is economic but you can't have an economy without a corresponding political system, in this case a bunch of soviets/communes or w/e
>asked /his/ what did they know about ancient mayans a while ago.
Still can't believe you guys know nothing about the greatest american pre european civilization. Why don't we start a Maya thread? Post what you know about them, your favorite works of art, architecture and other pics about Mayas.
It's a shame most of their culture, history and achievements are lost.
Pisses me off to no end when people say hurr durr aliums did it, because these ppl r simpule n dum hahaha
Fuck they had a magnificant cultute, and the agricultureal methods they employed made excellent use of their environment
The region in which they occupied was lush but had no source of fresh water. No lakes or rivers. They collected rainwater by channeling rainwater across their cities into cisterns. Their civilization was held together by priests who both "brought the rains" and distributed the stored rain.
The civilization collapsed when a record breaking drought undermined the authority of those priests.
Was there anything historically or culturally significant about this place before Islam? Or was it really just a piece of desert?
Just nomads that were looked down upon by the other semitic civs and would attack caravans making their way to Egypt
There is a reason no empire or nation gave a fuck about that place and it was always left out as conquered territory in different maps showing the outstretch of empires before the arab expansion.