How did the German government curb unemployment after the fall of the DDR? Was it a big problem? Were there big government projects, or did the new, huge East German market just very quickly generate a ton of jobs? How many DDR industries became privatized after the fall?
Why is it considered so bad? Sometimes we brush it off such as when telling others not to make the mistakes we did, but in general, why do many find hypocrisy so abhorrent?
What are some interesting but relatively unknown mythologies?
>inb4 already know Basque Mythology
Were medieval European Christians’ attitudes towards non-Christians consistently negative?
Why were unions in general so incapable of making a lasting impact on policy?
As far as I can tell, it literally seems that business was able to simply sling vast amounts of cash, speaking louder and further than the unions.
Also, does anyone here know much about labor laws in American history? What were they, how did they develop, and where are we now?
For fun, here's links to a 35 minute film circa 1946 by the CIO labor union; interesting watch:
What are good books I could read over this coming summer to learn more about the ancient Rome?
They're novels, but extremely well done: I Claudius and Claudius the God by Graves. Fucking great reads.
What are some his approved podcasts?
History of Rome and Revolutions by Mike Duncan are pretty good. The history of Byzantium is alright though I find it even drier than Mike's stuff. I've also been listening to the History of England, which is fun but David has a lot of issues with the early podcasts, and tends to stutter on occasion, but it's fun to listen to the history of England from someone so unabashedly English.
Yeah I'm 12 episodes inyo the history of Byzantium after listening to the history of Rome over a period of 3 months. It's really not of the same standard so far, I find myself losing focus fairly often.
I might just get started on Revolutions to get my Mike Duncan fix.
Why did Stalin have him shot? I mean, I get Stalin was real paranoid and had a ton of people shot but it seems the decisions of who to shoot most the time was completely arbitrary. Same thing with Tuchachevesky, or Bukharin. They never were, nor were they likely to be, any challenge to Stalins power. Did Uncle Joe just shoot everyone based on a coin flip or what.
Weirdest country history thread?
Personally I gotta say Liberia. A bunch of freed slaves sail over to a random spot in Africa and say "yep, this is home, now let's make Africa great again." Then they copy-pasted American values onto their land (which they ended up fighting tribes for) to hilarious effect. Then of course it fell into the usual African state of discord.
Actually the former slaves managed to build a decent country, at least for themselves, since they acted like snobby aristocratic lords over the savage native Africans in the area. The ex-slave elite also had great ties to the US and pretty much all of them were educated at American universities.
Then in the middle of 20th century one of those savage retards started a revolution and the US inexplicably backed him against the Americo-Liberian aristocracy, ever since then the country is basically Haiti level of shit.
speaking of weird, wacky histories
It's probably not real but I love the story of a voodoo ceremony before the slaves revolted where they sacrificed a black pig
I support Voltaire for this board's mascot, why choose that boring Herodotus while this based man is pretty much the sum up of /his/ ?
What do you think of him? Was he a man or a meme?
Why did formal male fashion just become suits and really nothing else?
For like 200 years.
>Black, grey, brown suit
The major difference is these days people sometimes don't wear a tie, people don't wear wastecoats and only neckbeards wear fedoras.
In the same time, formal female fashion has changed radically and now even females can wear suits along with all sorts of dresses and clothing items that come in all shapes and sizes.
Don't worry OP, Jaden Smith's gonna change all that.
Here he is at the wedding of Kanye and Kim, probably the classiest most formal event of the millenium. That's Jaden on the far right.
>Have to wear a fucking suit to work
>Too hot for warm weather
>Too cold for cool weather.
>Outdated as fuck so I feel like cosplaying while in one.
>Uncomfortable as fuck (yes it's tailored)
>No colour allowed.
>FUCK TIES FUUUUUUCK TIES REEEEEEEEEE
On this question:
> formal female fashion has changed radically and now even females can wear suits along with all sorts of dresses and clothing items that come in all shapes and sizes.
Male fashion has to project power and professionalism, female fashion is designed for sex appeal for men so women can basically wear anything that is "sexy" and "elegant", also women are allowed to "dress up" to the better sex which is why they can wear pants, while men can't "lower themselves" to the weaker sex so that's why we can't wear dresses, togas etc.
Where were dating and romance created?
What happened to asking the girl across the street to marry you? Or having your parents arrange your marriage? Even in the esteemed Romeo and Juliet they consummated their marriage after only 2 encounters.
An illusory freedom. When you search for ideals, there is always the desire, no necessity to trade up. But there is always someone better as well as someone worse. We become prisoners of greed, we refuse to "settle," forgetting the whole point of it, that it is better than being alone.
Does anyone know of some good places to learn about eastern mythology? Particularly in the China/Japan/Korea/Mongolian area? I've been interested in it for some time, and wanting to learn about it, but considering the huge popularity of some eastern countries, I've been a little wary of the credibility of some sources. Also, eastern mythology general thread I guess.
>mfw reading about the Iran-Iraq War
What the fuck I thought that those kinds of wars were over after WWII.