What went wrong?
too isolationist + tried to mend it's deep cultural and religious problems solely with nationalism which is unsustainable
Why are the Alans so obscure compared to the other major tribes of the Migration Period? Were they just not considered cool enough?
People who did nothing wrong.
Hurr he defended his homeland but he was cruel and had Dracula nickname he was such a le villain.
>HURR DURR EATING CEREAL IS NOTHING LIKE DATING A GIRL
fuck off, its an analogy
I've heard a lot of conflicting reports, but I don't actually know the truth.
My elementary school religion teacher said Denmark converted and allied themselves with Germany before waging war on the other Scandis and forcibly converting them, Someone I know told me parts of Norway were the first to convert, after having brought over christian thralls from their raids, and I'm pretty sure I heard somewhere that it was all a slow crawl of peaceful conversion after peaceful conversion, with very little force involved in any of it.
What exactly made...
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ITT: We discuss the history, learning, and everything related to ancient languages. Ask, answer, share, discuss.
Anything Latin, Ancient Greek, Sanskrit, etc. is welcome here.
Does proselytising work on 4chan? Has anybody here ever changed their religious beliefs due to this site?
In a civil law system do the courts have the power to 'read into law' different rights into the constitution or bill of rights?
By that I mean the US supreme court ruled a ban on gay marriage unconstitutional which is what made gay marriage legal; it wasn't government legislation that legalized it.
Whereas in Mexico the supreme court recently ruled the law banning marijuana for personal use violated the constitution because of privacy rights, however the supreme court ruling in Mexico wasn't biding and pot is still illegal whereas the supreme court...
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Name 3 things that aren't spooks
Post extinct peoples/cultures
Starting off with Forest Finns.
Pretty much every indo-iranian tribe living in the steppes of CA and the Caucasus. But mostly wondering what happened to the Scythians.
Considering Herodotus described them to all have red hair and blue/green eyes unlike the other nomads of turkic origin.
The Scythians probably never existed as a distinct culture. Herodotus basically just used the term to describe everyone central Asian group of people, and even made distinctions about different types of them.
Why don't we discuss the 3000+ years of recorded Chinese history?
This thread is dedicated to people who have questions or want to discuss Chinese history. Now of course 3000+ years is a lot and covering it all in just one thread will not do. So lets mainly talk about the rise of Taiping and the Qing Dynasty in its effort to modernize. Though any questions and discussion about other periods in Chinese history are welcomed.
On January 11, 1851,his 38 birthday, Hong Xiuquan formally declared the establishment of the Heavenly Kingdom of Peace (Taiping Tianguo) with himself as absolute ruler, at Jintian village in Guangxi. He ordained that he be called sovereign (chu) and reserved the title shang for God and Jesus.The rebellion was proclaimed to be a native uprising against the Manchu oppressors with a heavenly mandate.
Taiping's goal was not only to overthrow the ruling Manchu, but to modernize. The humiliating defeat China saw at the hand of the Western powers could not stand.
The Opium wars is one of the leading reasons for the Taiping uprising. After the western powers rekt China, their whole world viewed collapsed, considering China had successfully dealt with them before. So of course, the population blamed the Manchu rulers.
What's /his/ opinion of Taoism, in general?
Was Taoism ever "important" in history, like Confucianism was in China?
Or was it always a tradition of / for hermits and mystics?
Also I wonder: has Taoism any merits for modern societies?
I've always liked the basic ideas of Taoism, also practiced a little Qi Gong and T'ai Chi.
My favourite books are Tao Te Ching and Zhuangzi, by the way.
"Daoism" is an artificial category when referred to as a kind of Western-style religion. Daoist mystics existed but the tradition had a major influence on East Asian literature, philosophy, and culture in general that wasn't confined to what we would call 'devotional' or 'religious' phenomena. Daoism as a set of rituals is really just a slight formalization of the Chinese folk religion synthesized with a dank philosophy.
I've never understood why Taoism was never a "thing", only in modern times (in the West, I mean) - it's healthy, it's kinda neutral and anyone can practice it.
I think the answer is in passivity.
And it's too peaceful; history is full of wars and conquests - there is no profit in peace...
Daoism was something the lower class could get into. To be a proper Confucian scholar you needed wealth and prestige sufficient to attract a suitable tutor. Even Kong Zi himself was considered too poor to study, until he got a lucky break.
>"The atom bomb is a paper tiger which the United States reactionaries use to scare people. It looks terrible, but in fact it isn't." - Mao Tse-tung
How do you respond?
Could Germany have won WW2? Starting from the fall of France if the German leadership had made different decisions could they have kept control of Western Europe or at least avoid total defeat?
If they captured Moscow instead of pushing into Crimea that would have helped (would have brought Japan into the war).
declaring war on the United States was a mistake.
Making a better mass produced tank would have helped with their armor shortage.
It really depended on if Hitler could make peace with the West so he could attack Russia unimpeded.
Has there ever been a crazier modern leader?
'The attempt on my crown has left me battered and tired, but I assure you my resolve has never been stronger. Henceforth, the Saxon Kingdoms shall be reorganised into the first unified English Kingdom, for a safe and secure Anglo-Saxon Hegemony.'