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comment What motivated Germanic tribes to accept Christianity?
Are you aware of the fact that he actually converted only on his deathbed? :)
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comment What motivated Germanic tribes to accept Christianity?
This is a bold conjecture but I doubt whether it really passes muster; can you point out specific instances where conversion has demonstrably increased a king's power? If not, then this is a theoretical construct and as such it is also suspect for I doubt that unruly barbarians really were impressed by bishops' sanctions. Their descendants - yes, but that is a different kettle of fish, and can hardly have figured in the original decisions to convert.
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comment What motivated Germanic tribes to accept Christianity?
Good points, +1. One question, though: why do you think Constantine was crazy?
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comment Did Engels and Welles ever call for the extermination of Basques and Serbs?
Anyway, +1 for bringing a source and welcome to the site!
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comment Did Engels and Welles ever call for the extermination of Basques and Serbs?
The movie appears to refer to the same passage that @Comintern has provided in his answer. In my opinion (and I am no fan of Marx-Engels, btw) it's one that grates on modern ears but is not an incitement to genocide. I think it is descriptive rather than prescriptive - as in, "see, that's how the laws of history operate and that's how things are bound to turn out" rather than as in "that's what I propose to do". If you wish to argue the opposite, perhaps more evidence is required.
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comment What motivated Germanic tribes to accept Christianity?
The second paragraph seems to be a bit off - what local pope? Apart from that, good answer and I'd love to upvote once the clear up the local pope part.
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comment What motivated Germanic tribes to accept Christianity?
@Oldcat Actually the Crusades bit is right on the spot, except they weren't called that there and then - Charlemgane's recurring attacks on the pagan Saxons are a case in point.
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comment Bastard children who became Kings
@SteveJessop Ah, I get you comment now. 10x
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comment Bastard children who became Kings
@SteveJessop Er... what?
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comment Bastard children who became Kings
-1 What @Ronan said.
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answered Bastard children who became Kings
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comment US Congress in WW2 Compared with other legislative bodies
This is really a loaded question - why do you think that "political sniping and showboating" is only peculiar to the US? And are you aware for example of the fact that in 1942 Churchill was almost replaced by Cripps as PM in a political crisis? Is that also "political sniping and showboating"?
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comment How did the Roman army go from constantly losing battles in the middle of the 3rd century to winning almost everything?
Excellent answer!
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comment Where were the western legions when the Roman empire fell?
@user1095108 The percentages are easy - take a list of names and analyze how many of them are Barbarian (like Stilicho or Gainas) versus Roman (like Aetius or Bonifacius).
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accepted Did Engels and Welles ever call for the extermination of Basques and Serbs?
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comment Where were the western legions when the Roman empire fell?
Basically it's the other way around: no payment for the legionaries-> collapse of the empire :) Read my answer below for details.
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answered Where were the western legions when the Roman empire fell?
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comment Where were the western legions when the Roman empire fell?
What does it mean that they were there? That the depopulation theory is wrong - if so, I agree.
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comment Where were the western legions when the Roman empire fell?
for the later catastrophic collapse of the West. And the difference between him and Alaric is not as big as Gibbon would have us think. Finally, I am no expert but the figure of 30,000 feels quite exaggerated to me - perhaps you could look up Gibbon's notes to see where he got if from. P.S. Stilicho was a Christian too :)
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comment Where were the western legions when the Roman empire fell?
In fact, I think you are really reading too much into this single episode - or, rather, your source - Gibbon - is. The thing is, the old master had a big axe to grind: in the passage you've quoted he uses his considerable literary talent to construe the case in a way that supports his overarching thesis that Christianity sapped the strength of Rome. This thesis has been by now found wanting and rejected by modern scholarship. In fact, already in 1923 Bury completely demolished it in his own magnum opus. To be more specific, Stilicho, who gets lionized here was actually largely responsible