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Others (and perhaps myself) will no doubt expand, but the general outline was as follows: Replace the nascent hierarchical feudal system of Anglo-Saxon England (and similar to contemporary French and German feudal systems) with an Anglo-Norman flat feudal system where every baron swears an oath of fealty directly to the Monarch, and only knights swear ...


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Your questions seems to be based on a logical fallacy: An identifiable minority under a repressive government that maintained at least respect through force of arms. A repressive government, by definition, will not tolerate an armed, dis-loyal or even hostile minority. The only real world example that comes to mind would be the failed state scenario: Clan ...


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First off, the idea that the First Jewish-Roman war was futile is wrong. The war lasted several years, the Roman armies were defeated a few times. The main reason for failure was Jewish infighting and therefore a lack of cohesion between Jews themselves. "Professional armies" are not magically better than volunteer armies, or even conscript armies, as proven ...


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I can only give part of an answer. However, Josephus, a moderate Jewish leader of the time who changed sides when he decided the Jews could not win, subsequently wrote a 'History of the Jewish War' and other writings about it. He twice puts into the mouths of Moderate Jewish leaders speeches in which the ask how their people can hope to stand against the ...


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Right now? little. The current opressive power of nations as per 2018, even the smallest one, is times bigger than any other nation in the past, for the simple reason that weapons, armament, and technology is what wins wars today. The biggest civilian armed resistance moment we're seeing in our times are both the Syrian opposition coalition, and the ...


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First, there are numerous examples of armed populaces resisting foreign occupation successfully, so I will address those and leave aside the question of what you are counting as repression. The American experience in Vietnam and the Soviet experience in Afghanistan provide at least partially successful examples of resisting occupation/incursions by a ...


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One factor to keep in mind is that the Romans had organized most of their eastern provinces south of Asia Minor only starting in 64 BC. Egypt had been formally annexed only in 30 BC. Before that time frame, the political situation in Palestine and Syria had been incredibly fluid all through the time frame of Alexander's successor states and empires. Judea ...


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Solzhenitsyn has an argument, not about when the people has the resist a government in war or as a guerrilla, and not about winning. It is about not allowing the meat grinding machine to work as easy as it could. It is about making any general persecution, massive arbitrary prisons or oppression, costly and dangerous for the government minions, and more ...


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Let's look at some antifascist resistance movements during WWII: The Resistenza in italy was for a large part young men who deserted the italian army in '43 or joined partisans to avoid draft into the pro-fascist army (all this after italies capitulation and Germanies occupation of northern italy). It appears that the initial armament was what deserting ...


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