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Mar
23
asked Good online sources for historical maps
Mar
20
comment Was Russo-Polish of 1919-1920 a war of independence?
True. But there is a substantial difference between supporting a side in a (perhaps) armed conflict and conventional warfare between two bordering nations.
Mar
20
comment Was Russo-Polish of 1919-1920 a war of independence?
“The Soviet government never made a secret out of its indention to invade Western Europe through Poland, a war seemed inevitable.” While it is true that early Soviet government believed in the idea of spreading the world revolution, it was always very clear that this would be done by supporting communist movements all over the world, not by military aggression.
Feb
28
comment Was the idea behind what would become the Holocaust planned by German elites in that time?
and of course, a solid reference stating that this was not Hitler’s personal idea would help to fight the idea that Hitler alone is to blame for all the mess that happened during the Third Reich, as it is often stated by people in order to avoid having to deal with it. Unfortunately, I cannot think of such a reference right now, but I will try to find one.
Feb
28
comment Was the idea behind what would become the Holocaust planned by German elites in that time?
I believe this is a good, but complex question, that can very well have an answer. It touches the following issues: (1) the widespread of anti-semitism in Germany among the elites, (2) the degree to which the Nazi party acted according to the ideas of the “elites” vs. to which degree it followed an irrational ideology, (3) the (economic) rationale behind the holocaust, i.e. massive use of forced labour, plunder of jewish property, (4) perhaps plans the elites had to shape the post-war German society as they still could (ie. kill future political enemies), (5) the impact on dissent via threat
Feb
28
answered Were there any conquests that Ancient Rome undertook explicitly to gain control of a natural resource?
Feb
24
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Feb
24
revised Are there any records that indicate a submarine vs submarine battle?
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Feb
24
comment Why did the Western Roman Empire collapse but not the Eastern Roman Empire?
So, out of all of Rome’s adversaries, why did especially the Goths manage to conquer Rome and cause this deterioration?
Feb
24
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Feb
24
revised Why did the Western Roman Empire collapse but not the Eastern Roman Empire?
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Feb
24
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Feb
24
comment Why did the Western Roman Empire collapse but not the Eastern Roman Empire?
The decline of the Western Empire as I described it was evident well before the Gothic war. Furthermore, your answer begs the question: What was special about the Goths?
Feb
24
comment Why did the Western Roman Empire collapse but not the Eastern Roman Empire?
While it may be true that no single event marks the “collapse” of the Empire and there are several claims of legal continuity (albeit disputed), there are also strong indicators of societal collapse. I would name a sharp decline in trade, urban culture, central power, law enforcement, economic activity and population size, connected to the fact that de-facto independent germanic kingdoms were established within the territory of the Western Empire. It is hard to see how “nothing special happened in the Western half of the Empire until 800”.
Feb
24
comment Why did the Western Roman Empire collapse but not the Eastern Roman Empire?
How does the military threat caused by the Goths or the Huns differ from the military threat caused by, say, the Persians? I would say that, with the Sassanids and the Parthians, the Eastern Roman Empire faced stronger enemies than the Western Roman Empire. Furthermore, in its glorious old days, the Roman Empire had no problems dealing with equally strong adversaries, such as the Carthagians. I’d say that without inner crisis, it is impossible to say why the Germanic tribes led to the collapse of the Western Empire.
Feb
23
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Feb
23
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Feb
23
asked Why did the Western Roman Empire collapse but not the Eastern Roman Empire?
Feb
22
answered Are there any records that indicate a submarine vs submarine battle?
Feb
22
answered What is the evidence to claim that political order in ancient Rome was sufficiently different under “kingdom”, “republic” and “empire”?