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Especially between the years 1890 - 1920.
What tactics did they prioritize, what role did they give to artillery, cavalry, and infantry, what were their main objectives in combat, etc.
For context, I've read and immensely enjoyed American Prometheus and Rhodes' books, but I'm curious if these books would be sufficient for gaining a good understanding of him and his life, or if there are gaps to be filled, alternative framings and interpretations, or potential problems in those books that others might rectify.
I just finished watching the movie White Christmas, and it always strikes me is so odd that they make it a point to say multiple times that the older Haynes brother is so unattractive in the movie and then they show a picture of him and he’s a perfectly normal -in fact, fairly good looking- dude. Was that really considered unattractive by 1950 standards or is that an in joke of some kind?
Particularly during the war of the first coalition, the french military strength in 1794 is counted at over a million and yet the size of french standing armies during the war rarely eclipsed a hundred thousand. If not the standing armies, then what is soaking up the vast majority of the military's manpower?
France has sold or tried to sell many military things to Russia, like weapons and subs, and seems to have had a cozy relationship with Russia prior to the invasion of Ukraine. Why?
This just crossed my mind after searching about the Olympic ice-skating competition where the Russian judge gave very low scores, and apparently the French were in on it too. Why?
So much misinformation and propaganda out there regarding the Israeli Palestine war, some say the land was always Palestinian? Others say the land was always Jewish? Some say it was Christian? I’m incredibly confused and can’t seem to find historical knowledge that’s specifically addresses this , it’s scattered and all over the place. I don’t like being biased and don’t like having opinions on things I don’t understand, I would love to understand the history of the levant so historians please share your valuable knowledge with this dummy, some of your articles or papers regarding this too. I intend to delve deep into this after the finals lol
Florentine scribes/illuminators thought they were making books similar to how ancient Romans laid out their scrolls/codexes.
But did Roman codexes or earlier scrolls use these styles of font or decoration? Why were the humanists convinced they had?
I know there have been Roman scrolls retrieved from the dry sands of Egypt, and in carbonized form from the library of Herculaneum.
Have any of these indicated what sort of font was used?
In the World War II footage and documentaries I’ve seen, I realized that I haven’t really seen footage from the Asian theatre of the war? Is there a reason for that? Were cameras not as widespread or something of that nature? Did the Japanese not document their own crimes like the Nazis did in Europe?
Like, lets say you are just a serf and you just want to leave. Could you just go runaway and do that and were there cases of this happening? Obviously, if one did this they probably wouldn't make it that long, even if they knew how to forage or hunt or fish or somehow were able to cultivate some crops for subsistence farming. Still, if I wanted to say, leave my lord's manor and somehow just go out to some remote part of the country, and live in some shack or cave, could I as long as I didn't return since that would probably mean being put to death or whatever?
Referring to purchasing power rather than nominal dollars
2003 three is an arbitrary year due to over zealous enforcement of the 20-year rule of this sub, but hopefully you can read between the lines.
Edit, typo correction: devoid of any semblance of romance*
I might be naive to use the word "fighting" because presumably for most (all?) of these time periods, women were meant to "know their place" as it were, and so I imagine any kind of two-way arguments/disagreements were rare or unheard of, but I wasn't absolutely certain. But at the very least, I'm wondering any importance was placed on compatibility just an attempt to somewhat be able to live together and do what was needed to survive without either person being in a constant state of unhappiness or annoyance or frustration. Or am I naive to even apply modern day dating struggles with these earlier time periods (presumably because just the act of trying to stay fed and raise children was enough work that these other things just were not really a factor).
Follow up to the second part of the question: Excluding arranged marriages, have there been times where choosing a spouse was not even a little bit about romance or compatibility, and living together and raising children was almost done as "roommates" for lack of a better term, obviously with adjusted dynamics for sex?
I'm not even positive that I'm asking this in the right way, but I think I'm getting the point across well enough. I'm just curious if there have been times that are the polar opposite of modern date dating/courtship, just in the way that choosing a partner and cohabitation involving (or not involving) romance is concerned, and if there are parts of history that fall somewhere in the middle of that spectrum, or if it's mostly been kind of one extreme or the other.
Edit: As I've typed all this, I now realize I might even be naive in thinking that there was much choice at all, at least on the woman's part. I might be making the wrong assumption about how much of history has allowed a woman to freely choose her partner at all.
I have recently digitized an interview my GrandFather did regarding his time as a POW in WW2. The interview is about 50 years after the war. My friend, who is in the military, has encouraged me to do something with this information. But what? And who would be interested in just one POW account?
He was a POW for around three years.
I'm not talking aiming towards present day. Although, the tiktok trend of "what is your ancient rome?," the Roman/ grecian inspired buildings, and a variety of other culturally inspired artifacts from ancient Rome show that's it currently a major concept in the U.S.
I just find it very odd. Especially since, from my understanding, "Ancient Rome" isn't really a proper historical category.
I know it was hugely impactful for world history. But it seems like a vast majority of events could have been considered that such as the founding of Indus Valley civilizations. It's also not the direct predecessor. It fell long before anyone set sail on the Mayflower. It's not part of Native American civilization and it's not geographically close. But we don't have a ton of buildings and discussion around those.
I'm just wondering where this came from and why. I know it has existed for a long time, but I can't seem to find any information about where it started or why. Except the reason of it being impactful for world history. The agricultural revolution was probably equally impactful, but I know much more from cultural osmosis abiut Ancient Rome than that.
I would like to understand if there was a religious aspect to what the Nazis did in World War II. All I know right now is that there were little indications about the relationship between the Nazis’ religious beliefs (for example, the belt buckles of the SS said “God is on our side”) but I’m wondering if there are more details or history about how the Nazis manipulated religion or co-opted it to accomplish their goals.
I've heard a little about the day laborers that would have supplied the actual work that went into big building projects like bridges and buildings during these time periods, but I'm curious about the more educated people who were directing and designing these projects. What social class were they considered? Where were they educated? Who was paying them for their work, and how did the amount compare to other jobs? Did they typically live and work in the same area, or travel around to project sites? Any area of Europe, any time period post classical and pre industrial revolution.
I know that during the civil war the soldiers mostly voted republican but I was shocked when I found theres nothing saying how they voted in any other election? I wanted to specifically ask how soldiers voted durcing wartime elections, specifically 1952, 1944, 1968, and 1972?
My understanding is bullfighting comes from ancient roman gladiators fighting animals, but does rodeo, as in riders chasing cows, has any linkage with the roman circus?
In 1988 there was a plane hijack in Brazil. The hijacker planned to collide the plane with the Brazilian National Congress Palace, which is made of two towers. Is it possible that the 9/11 attacks were inspired by the hijacker method? If not, why did the 9/11 terrorists choose to use planes for it?
I am really curious about this, I know that in most of the animal kingdom creatures have some sort of sexual dimorphism, and while I’m supposed to be working I’m instead pondering why that even happens in the first place, and why it could have potentially lead humans to favor cultural and governmental patriarchy in their societies. Is this even the cause of it? I don’t know, but I’m begging for answers and google isn’t helping much. Thanks!
I'm talking about this one. Also, why do we associate it with being empty-headed?