>>568644 I haven't really looked much into it, but I doubt I'd be particularly biased if I did. I totally don't care about them, I've never had any relationships with jews, nor have I been particularly muddled in any sort of propaganda one way or another.
I'm somewhat the reverse. I tend to distrust anyone that shows an extreme passion for a particular era, in my experience it usually means the person in question is either a religious fanatic or a very strange sort of racist.
Then again, maybe I've just had rather shit luck thus far.
>>570109 Yeah, I'm a romeboo but I try to stay as unbiased as possible about it, although I do find myself more than once being an apologist for the Romans. Also both my names have their origin in Roman emperors, so there's that too.
>>568625 >Do you have a historical people, period, nation or culture that you like so much that you can't stay unbiased when discussing or learning about them? Mainly France, Prussia, Romanov Russia and pre WW2 Japan.
All badasses in their own regards. Each did shitty things though, like Napoleon III sending troops to protect the Ottomans and Prussians fighting France. Russia did some stupid things, and Japan had some genocides lol.
I'd say Caesar, but it's hard to call it bias, because how can you be biased when the guy really IS the best person to ever live in every regard? I can't unfairly praise him because all accurate praise is already the highest of praises.
Scientists vs religious institutions/leaders vs general population. It's hard to stay unbiased on behalf of people of science and general population in discussions of religious institutions destroying scientific progress and exploiting the esoteric and spiritual as well as unintelligent nature of man by replacing the inexplicable with a creator, whilst defending themselves by saying science has done as much and more damage to man and humanity as science has by examples like damage caused by nuclear bombs and modernized warfare which would not have occurred if religious institutions continued to kill off scientific progress. I believe that the true freedom and humanity lie on the path of scientific and technological enlightenment free of religious and political oppression.
definitely a mongoloboo, just like the fact how their an entire culture that does not give a fuck about anything they dont care about your thousand year old temples or how many innocent civilians are living in your city, there going to burn them down and rape everyone to death because they are strong enough to do so.
>>574439 true enough i suppose, what i was trying to get across though (poorly) was that most other cultures started wars for reasons, cassus belli and whatnot, whereas the mongols just straight up annihilated entire civilisations because 'lol why not'
>tfw my brother is an islamaboo >despite being gay He's not even rational about it, he took a global Islam class and now is convinced that Islam literally created all good things on the earth and could never do any wrong
Not really, I'm so fucking apathetic about everything that people that aren't alive just seem like characters in stories that can be analyzed without hurting anyone. I think I might actually have autism.
I'm an East Asia-boo in general, I love stuff about my home country Vietnam, China, and Japan. I don't know too much about Korea though, aside from Yi Sun-shin and the Korean War.
I have a huge hard-on for Mongols though. I always feel that I'm somehow descended from the Khan himself.
>My last name is Truong >Truong is Vietnamese version of Chinese surname Zhang >My ancestors were possibly Chinese/mix >Chinese ancestors probably had contact with Mongols >One of my ancestors could've been one of the Genghis Khan's many bitches >I could be a descendant/have the blood of Genghis
I'm a big fan of Alexander. I genuinly believe that at the end of his life, had he not died, he would have conquered the entire Mediteranean. He had the means and the army, fielding the strongest army the Mediteranean world would see until the times of gunpowder.
I've read maybe 6-7 books on him. A few of them make him out to be almost oblivious to his own successes and relying mostly on luck - These I do not like. This is where my bias shines through.
I certainly have a favorite period, which would be the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic War era. But I wouldn't say I'm particularly biased -- or perhaps equally biased for both sides in different areas -- because I love the British Royal Navy of that era while simultaneously mostly preferring Napoleon and his ground armies.
Denmark-Norway was also on the French side, which is cool... though the Spanish can fuck off. And the only coalition states I really like are Britain (for naval stuff), Prussia, Sweden (they switched sides too much) and the Dutch, but they became a client state to the French Empire anyway.
So I'm pretty impartial. I like the era and some nations more than others, but they don't necessarily line up with the French Empire and various coalitions dichotomy.
I suppose I have some biases in other eras that aren't my favorites though. I'm pro-England in the Hundred Years' War, Pro-Yorkist in the War of the Roses, pro-Dutch Republic in the Dutch Revolt against the filthy Spaniards and pro-Byzantine Empire in almost every war they fought. And lean heavily towards the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth in their wars because the winged hussars were badass. In fact, I guess anything involving the winged hussars or the Byzantine Empire are my strongest biases, though my favorite era is the French Revolutionary War-Napoleonic era.
The Republic of China. I'm so autistic about it I literally get mad when I think about Truman's betrayal and dream I could go back in time and nuke Yan'an or give the ROC an AK-47 to copy in the 1920s, anything to stop what happened. I felt so sad at the election results in Taiwan, although I understand that it had to happen as Taiwanese shouldn't live under commie bandit scum in any circumstance. I feel a grandfatherly love for Chiang Kai Shek. I went to his memorial hall in Taipei and bowed before his image, and literally cried. I'm not even Chinese at all, I'm a Latino from South America.
When Alexander died, he had already begun the construction of a fleet at Babylon, with which they would sail down and conquer Arabia.
He was also marshalling and concentrating his army at Babylon with this intention.
After Arabia, it's anyone's guess. It's quite likely Syracuse and Magna Graecia would be next, as that would have forced almost all greek city states into the Hellenic league with some exceptions (Massilia and the Bosphoran kingdoms).
>>577701 I'm the opposite. I don't know, it's one of the few things about myself that genuinely completely mystify me, but whenever historical china is the subject I have an intense, supernatural disinterest. the most uninteresting thing in the world. Things I would usually find interesting just seem like the greatest snooze when it's done in the three kingdoms or the republic of china, my eyes become blank and my brain shuts off and I feel disappointed that anyone would even wants to bring it up.
>>577721 It's interesting for sure, but I tend to get pretty sad reading about it since it's the century when everything started going to shit with the rise of crackpot ideologies like socialism and nationalism.
Even when i look at the Boer War I'm like "yeah it was necessary to subdue South Africa" and when I look at the potato famine I'm all "well it was a famine after all" and even the one where we starved all the pooloo's I still try to defend the British policy.
I really wish the British had never lost America and that they would have colonized way more than they did. They deserve to own all land outside of Europe desu.
Definitely Germany, I'm a total Germanboo when it comes to the Imperial German Army and Wehrmacht. There hasn't been any military force on the level of those two armies both tactical and strategically, although the Red Army comes close strategically and at times vastly surpassed the capabiliies of German staff officers.
I'm also a Napoleonboo, dude was an amazing leader. People forget that democratic republicanism was born out of the barrel of many muskets.
>>577867 I'll also add that I'm Chinese, but East Asian military history bores me to tears outside of maybe the Russo-Japanese and Second Sino-Japanese wars. However, the culture is magnificent. Makes me sad that basically all East Asian nations have lost their traditional culture. I would've loved to see in-person what Tang or Song era China was like.
>>577917 Yeah, based in the sense they tend to either overplay their victories or get blown the fuck out and invoke what noble Christlike sufferers they are. I don't know any other nation with persecution complex this severe, other than perhaps Jews.
In any force in military history, context is important. How would you characterize the Vikings? They were a Germanic tribe in an era defined by the rise, fall and settlement of Germanic tribes.
But they had something unique for the period: Amphibious warfare and access to rivers that were only navigable to their extremely shallow draft boats.
Now there are some retards in this thread who talk about this as a negative. These people are as retarded as the norseaboos who think that they could do know wrong and were like Germanic Sparta. What they were, were people who had their moment in time. They could pick where they wanted to fight and so they chose to fight where their enemy was weak. That's not cowardice, that's using your advantage.
So, they could move freely. However, due to their status as marines, they couldn't take cavalry with them. When Europe was marked by its infantry based armies, this wasn't an issue. When chivalric, mounted warfare developed, they were completely outclassed and their prominence faded everywhere but Britain and Ireland and even that wasn't to last. So, they were potent for a time but that was based on their ability to outmaneuver their opponents. In the case of their war for control of England. They were able to fight the armies of the petty kingdoms of England to a standstill and hold large swaths of land for centuries and a Dane sat upon the English throne.
Look into it earlier. The Spread of Buddhism into China has so many parallels with the spread of Christianity into Europe, it's mind blowing.
I'm taking a class on High imperial China right now and I just sit there and let the professor face-fuck knowledge into my eye-sockets and it's so similar that it just blasts grey matter out of my ears.
>>577701 I know that feel, and I'm also South American, wtf?
I hate those journalists and intellectuals who convinced the American public that the Nationalists were corrupt and the commies were just "agrarian reformers". Edgar Snow, Brooks Atkinson, Agnes Smedley, Owen Lattimore, these traitors should have been lined up and show.
Look, I know it was shit, poor and violent. I know it was less advanced that the classical antiquity that went before and the Renaissance that came after. I know the art was shit, the literature sub-par, the political system dysfunctional and people were ignorant, superstitious savages.
But I love it nonetheless, and when I see someone saying the Crusades were unjust, that the Middle Ages were the "Dark Ages" or repeating anticlerical cliches from the conflict thesis, I come to the defense of the Middle Ages.
>>568625 >Do you have a historical people, period, nation or culture that you like so much that you can't stay unbiased when discussing or learning about them?
Call me a slavaboo but I never cease to amaze at everything that Russians have been through, from surviving wars which threatened to kill off the entire population/ethnicity, to leading the world in space exploration and social equality (USSR). Don't get me wrong though, it's not that I can't take criticism or hate towards my heritage, or that I worship all of the evil done by Russian leaders, but I simply have a boner for the shit we've been through and achieved.
>>579960 They brought it upon themselves tho. 74 years, basically a lifetime of a single man, ruled by a brutal mafia, most of the time also slaughtering other countries and keeping them under their boot. Not like today is much better despite different labels. I don't even know the last Russian leader that was acceptable. Alexander II perhaps.
>>569772 Me too. Then again I have only one friend who really cares about history. We may disagree on some interpretations of events or the quality of some of Romes leaders, but we both know in our heart of hearts Rome is best.
Sadly I moved recently, and now rarely talk to him because I have no job, no phone, and a nasty case of the sad's. Oh well, my own fault.
>>580112 strategy was probably the one single greatest strength of the red army in ww2 - exactly to make up for its lack of quality troop training and not stellar to put it mildly lower ranking officer corps
>>574849 The only badass was Genghis Khan. They were savage barbarians for the entirety of their life and look at them now. Not even relevant. Genghis Khan did more harm to the world than good. And Mongol blood is tainted blood. Northern Chinese and Koreans are not even regarded as people with Han Chinese blood from Southern China and Japan. Genghis Khan is the reason why the world is the way it is today. There no pride in having Mongol blood, only shame.
>But the real scum were the commies in the US State Department who made it all happen.
Indeed, there is so many evidence of treason from within, the whole Amerasia affair, for example, that's ridiculous how some people still treat the charge that the loss of China happened thanks to communist spies as "conspiracy theory".
>>568625 >Do you have a historical people, period, nation or culture that you like so much that you can't stay unbiased when discussing or learning about them? No. Even though I love ancient Egypt and Sumer, I can understand why their flaws. Sumerians wasted their resources and destroyed their land needlessly and were unable to centralize their power in a lasting way. Egyptians were able to succed where sumerians failed, but their culture was flawed, as they were inflexible and more than corrupt and elitist, wich led them to multiple internal conflicts, either between city dwellers and feudal lords or between the king and his lords, not to mention unpalatable stuff for modern sensibilities like genital mutilation.
>>576944 It's hard to overrate Alexander. His father was an overachiever too, he was born at a time when Macedonia had fully recovered from a rather rough period and the Greek military machine he inherited was at the top of Western Eurasia in many ways so he had everything going for him yet he still comes across as a completely brilliant commander.
But I mean, majority of the mathematics and science principles still used today were made during the Enlightenment Era and Renaissance in the era of Christendom, like France and Italy because during that time, education and the arts became extremely popular and thus most citizens started to learn how to read and thus the pursuit of knowledge.
And all of this happened because a few guys decided to start rewriting the bible in mass print so the masses could read it, instead of having to believe everything a priest says.
I'm as anti-religious as they come, but religion itself has benefitted mankind and will continue to do so.
There is no thing such as being biased towards the United States of America. By default, the United States is based. It is a fact that we are an awesome country and if you disagree you probaly are a dumb commie. God bless America.
>>571803 >hanibal did nothing wrong Oh I didn't realize that carthago vivus est. oh, wait, what's that? delanda est carthago? Well, it seems that hanibal must have done something wrong. Back to back punic war champs, Roma Fortis
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