What causes wars? Why has it been opted for as a solution for disputes so often?
What defines the number of nations involved, the duration, the winner, and the consequences? Are there any general ideas that can be applied to all wars, or are wars essentially unique?
Let's talk about ships.
Galleys, tall ships, steamers, WWII destroyers, those silly hide-and-wood bowl things some Native Americans made, it doesn't matter.
What's your favorite ship?
I think I'd have to go with Baltimore clippers. All the beauty of a tall ship with all the speed the technology and size can allow.
Why did Rome fall?
How come the Turks always easily beat the crusades?
How come the Russian always easily beat the Turks?
I hear a lot about how /his/ won't ever be the same philosophical powerhouse that /lit/ is, and i'm wondering whether we even have people on this board who read philosophy. I'd like to ask /his/ what books pertaining to philosophy they've read.
a few recent ones for me:
The Metaphysics - Aristotle
Plato's five dialogues
Discourse on Method - Descartes
Meditations on First Philosophy - Descartes
An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding - Hume
A Treatise of Human Nature - Hume (current read)
What actually happened was i read the first book out of the treatise then went and read the enquiry. now i'm working forward on the treatise again.
The metaphysics is just great. Aristotle starts by looking at the philosophies of his time, discarding all of them and moving forward on his own. The entire system of the metaphysics is amazing for the time of Aristotle and is well worth the read in my opinion. More than that it is also nice to have a solid conception of since it practically becomes dogma for 1800...
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I'm glad there is finally a philosophy board. I will be here to talk about the nature of consciousness with you other smartfags soon.
Were the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki really nessesary measure? Or it was a crime against humanity?
To be honest, the incendiary bombings of Tokyo were far more lethal to the Japanese spirit, but because of Imperial propaganda didn't have as much impact on the population at the time.
Also, not trying to justify 'muricans or anything, but these were designed to be specifically deployed on areas with low population density. It was more of a display of Western power to the Soviets than anything else.
This topic has been beaten to death. It's pointless to give answers because every war is a tragedy. Every violent death inflicted upon innocents is a disgrace.
>inb4 edgelords come in here and start whining
Everyone has bloodlust, everyone wants to feel like a big man by pushing the button or shooting a gun. But it's futile. We'll never find happiness except in the arms of our family and loved ones. Everything else is a waste of time and breath.
Karl Marx appreciation thread
Anyone remember this show?
Here's some episodes and a channel with a few uploaded
Do you think it was an accurate replication of battles between warriors thoughout history?
Is this show going to be the closest we'll come to being able to examine different cultures battle stategy, and how it would hold up against others?
I thought they did well in examining and testing the weaponry of each group.
I saw one episode a few years ago where they claimed an ojibwe warrior would beat a gladiator. It looked pretty stupid desu. The natives they had in it were really angry and insecure the whole time, too.
The show has been criticized for misrepresentation of the warriors behavior in a number of episodes, along with biased results.
Despite this, I often find it to be alright. It's never going to be 100% in what-if testing.
Can we agree that European colonialism was the most peaceful and progressive era sub Saharan Africa has ever seen?
Finally a board suitable to discuss Western and Eastern esoteric traditions on, through the secular lenses of history and anthropology! Thank you based Hiro!
I would like to kick off with a book recommendation. I just finished "The Book of Black Magic" by A.E. Waite and I love it. Waite offers a detailed but skeptical look at several influential grimoires of Renaissance era occultism. He reproduces many significant parts of these curious and rare books in English and provides lots of insightful commentary. I will doubtless return to it for reference again and again.
Witchcraft and Magic in the Nordic Middle Ages
Witchcraft in the Middle Ages
Witchcraft and Magic in Europe, Vol 1-6
The Complete Grimoire of Pope Honorius by David Rankine and Paul Henry Barron is also an excellent read if you are into grimoires. Joseph H. Peterson's Lemegeton is another one of my favorites.
Could anyone recommend a book similar to The Secret Teachings of All Ages by Manly P. Hall? It's an excellent read but Hall was himself a devoted Christian mystic, so I'd like a book covering the entire general history of Western esotericism but less biased.
>For a brief period his Macedonian Empire was the most powerful in the world
What went wrong? Especially when you compare it to today
AS IF /POL/'S EDGINESS WASN'T ENOUGH, NOW THERE'S /B/ WITH THEIR TRAP THREADS
MODS, PLEASE SAVE THIS BOARD
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> whines about /pol/
You're letting them win.
I'm just here to watch the board burn at this point.
Alright so before you start calling me a /pol/tard. How about we have a discussion about Germany under Hitler or the Wehrmacht in general?
Who are some quality historians to learn some real history?