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At the risk of answering yet another let's-bash-the-nazis type question... Whatever public claims he made, Hitler was always very big into destruction and, in fact, he "suggested" to the high command that Warsaw be bombed relatively early in the campaign which only lasted about three weeks. The high command refused to do this, having no military need to do ...


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Before asking this question, you could consult Wikipedia, which says: From the start, the Luftwaffe attacked civilian targets and columns of refugees along the roads to wreak havoc, disrupt communications, and target Polish morale. Apart from the victims of battles, the German forces (both SS and the regular Wehrmacht) murdered several thousand Polish ...


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I decided to read the book anyway, after waiting for someone to answer the question. I understand this is not a place to review books, but here are my two cents. The narrative is, in my opinion, as unbiased as it can get. While talking about unclear parts of Indian history like Aryan invasion / migration / indigenous Aryans, he explains pros and cons of ...


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Zinn's book is not so much a history as a collection of essays in chronological order. His book projects a modern left-wing view of events which often veers into distorted depictions that the original participants would have found barely recognizable. His facts are excellent and correct, but he omits key information and ends up portraying things in a false ...


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I would highly recommend this podcast for more information: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00txj8d Around the 24 minute mark, Pythia is discussed. The historian on the program says that some of the women who served as Pythia likely did speak gibberish, which provided a chance for "translation" into a well-composed answer (Plutarch's theory). However, she ...


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This subject is covered in detail in the Wikipedia on the Pythia. I have not read any ancient account that describes the Oracle as speaking "gibberish". They commonly speak of the Oracle giving hints and riddles, or saying mysterious or ambiguous things, not gibberish. The account of Strabo circa 10 B.C. reads as follows: They say that the seat of the ...


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Probably not. Wikipedia's claim that the Pythia goes into a vapor frenzy and spoke gibberish is not so much a usual theory as it is a common misconception. According to Pierre Amandry, the idea of an ecstatic and unintelligible priestess was sparked by Plato in his Phaedrus, section 244. Amandry argued that early Christian writers adopted this image of ...


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Short Answer In no particular order, some reasons given by classical Chinese writers include: Infighting: the Six States failed to unite against Qin Human resources: the Six States threw away their great politicians and generals Fate: Qin's rise was divinely ordained, i.e. Mandate of Heaven Geography: Qin was advantaged by its defensive terrain Reforms: ...


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Caveat: I'm not a trained Historian, just someone who's read a lot of history books over the years, and has learned this the hard way. First off, every writer has bias. Know that going in. So if you want to find your writer's bias, you have to learn a bit about them. Where did they grow up and go to school? Are they from an ethnic minority in their ...



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