lets go history nerds
>Historians have also begun to consider the word "Renaissance" as an unnecessarily loaded word that implies an unambiguously positive "rebirth" from the supposedly more primitive Middle Ages.
>Some historians have asked the question "a renaissance for whom?," pointing out, for example, that the status of women in society arguably declined during the Renaissance.
When can I get off Mr Bones' Wild Ride?
He's right, though. Renaissance? What 'Reinassance'? This rebirth was mostly focused on the Italian city-states, and it does not imply some kind of sudden revolution in art or philosophy or the sciences that everyone thinks occurred. I'd argue the 'Renaissance' was actually even more bleak, violent, and terrible than the Middle Ages
Been a while since I've done one of these threads.
Ask any questions you might have, and I'll answer to the best if my abilities.
General question: What impact did Zoroastrianism have on religions of the time? I know there's something about the good/evil dichotomy in Christianity that was related and I've heard Hinduism had devas as good and asuras as bad while Zoroastrianism had it reversed.
Which period are you talking about?
In its early periods, the main relgions were Paganism, Egyptian, Vedic, and Greek.
Zoroastrianism had roots in original Indo-European traditions and rites. That's why Vedism or Hinduism share some similarities. They're primarily cultural and linguistic. However, I believe Zoroaster set to establish differences between the two. That's why there are contradictions (as you mentioned)
I was just interested in what Devas and Asuras represented in Zoroastrianism. I've seen some websites that say Devas were elemental/war gods while Asuras were gods of higher human qualities, but then again those websites seemed pretty suspect.
Gods like Mitra being present all the way from India to the Romans makes me think there was some proto-iranic religion that eventually gave birth to Vedism and Zoroastrianism.
Tell me about the Polish-Soviet war, /his/.
How did the Poles do it?
Breaking the Soviet codes. That played a huge part in winning the war.
And the Poles were fighting for their nationhood after centuries of foreign domination, they were totally united and hellbent on thwarting the Soviets.
What /his/ opinion on the Ottoman Turks?
Judaism doesn't explicitly ban sex outside of marriage. So why are Orthodox Jews so puritanical?
What does /his/ think of the French resistance and De Gaulle?
The US beating Japan in WW2 is a common myth
here is a different perspective: The soviets were the reason Japan surrendered
Japan surrendered not because of dropped nukes but because they were terrified of Soviet invasion over Hokkaido after Manchuria fell.
Is it true that he said that Hitler didn't kill enough Jews during the war?
Wouldn't it be better for Greeks to submit under Persian rule in 480BC?
> Internal peace
> Defense form external threats
> Access to huge Eastern markets
> No one gives a fuck about you as long as you pay the taxes
> You have to pay some reasonable taxes.
The taxes would be less than Athenians would demand from you in case you're unfortunate enough to be their ally.
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>Wouldn't it be better for Greeks to submit under Persian rule in 480BC?
Why of course
>paying taxes to get protection = being a slave
Besides, most of Greek cities payed such taxes to Athens or Sparta, it would be no difference from them, well, except for elimitanting the risk of raiding or pillaging by the other power block.
I mean, in the long run, Athens caused a lot more damage to Greece and Greeks than Persians ever did.
So, I was playing some CoD: World at War when I wondered how often it was that soldiers would pick up a dead enemy's weapon after running out of ammo. Was it rare? Did it ever really happen at all on a level worth documenting? I'm thinking WW2 here but if there's interesting data on other wars then I'd be okay with that too.
Outside of battles that occurred in areas where one side was incapable of resupply, not really. You saw it semi-often during parachute jumps during WWII and on the Eastern Front on occasion, but that's about it.
I'd imagine the sounds from the different firearms allows your side to more easily distinguish friend from foe.
Kind of like how you wouldn't pick up an enemy shield on the battlefield unless you really had to.
I need to build a map collection, faggotboys. Help me.
Memes aside,serious discussion. Was he the Übermensch? Why/why not?
the red army was more /fa/ than the wehrmacht desu
What factors led to China being so far behind the western powers militarily, that they were curb stomped in the opium wars?
Being isolationists. They went from one of the strongest most prosperous countries to that because of isolation. When all the unclaimed lands with only primitive natives are accounted for, the next lowest hanging fruit is backwards despotic isolationist nations.
You do realize merchants aren't craftsman, they don't invent things, they deal with logistics. Merchants are the equivalent of retailers or wholesalers, not producers.