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Old December 11th, 2012, 07:46 AM   #31
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I've read the most about Ireland so I'm inclined to go with that.


The country I'm most interested at looking into in the future is Ukraine, though.
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Old December 11th, 2012, 09:27 AM   #32
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Both the revolutions in America, the American Revolution and our Civil War. Neither was absurdly long and they were both characterized more by pitched battles and open war than covert and guerrilla actions; especially in the latter war. These modern revolutionaries who resort to guerrilla tactics just don't get it; you'll never establish the glory of your arms in that manner, you'll never win that great victory where the enemy general formally surrenders his army and, for the first time, you get to set the terms, not only as a sovereign nation but as a victorious military power.

General Lee realized this and knew that if you couldn't win a revolution in pitched battles and open war, the war wasn't worth winning...when given the choice between dispersing his army for guerrilla activity or fighting a last, hopeless, pitched battle, he chose the latter. What good is accomplished by independence if your new country has no honour or glory in her arms?
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Old December 11th, 2012, 09:31 AM   #33

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Turkish War of Independence

majorly fought against Greece & United Kingdom and to a lesser degree:
Armenia
France
French West Africa
India
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Ottoman Empire
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Old December 11th, 2012, 09:35 AM   #34

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"Favourite" seems a word out of place, but recently i've been taking a keen interest in the Chechen people, culture and land plus ofcourse their ongoing struggle for independence from Russia.
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Old December 11th, 2012, 10:41 AM   #35

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How about Belgium's war of independence against their Dutch oppressors? Why, the evil Dutch even resorted to suicide bombing:
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Old December 11th, 2012, 01:14 PM   #36

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While i share the fascination for the rebellion in the Lowlands and the independence and golden age of the Netherlands, from the point of view of the losers, the Belgians, the rebellion wasn't a success. A people got split up in two. The richer, populous, then culturally leading part of the Dutch lands were given up for a retreat to the swamps and the Lowcountries first city, Antwerpen, was blokkaded and economically strangled by the Dutch brothers for another 200 years, long after the war was over, never to regain its status as western Europe's first port. But the Belgians, through direct links to the Habsburg and their Peruvian empire of the Great Inca undoubtedly, did come up with the idea of frying sliced potato chips twice in hot oil. And unlike the Dutch, they never served them in edible packaging. So things did balance out in the end.
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Old December 11th, 2012, 03:31 PM   #37

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Principality of Hutt River.
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A wheat and sheep farm out in Western Australia. In 1970 he had a dispute with the government about quotas of wheat he could sell. So the man who was to become His Royal Highness Prince Leonard (with is wife Princess Shirley) seceded from Australia. He claimed basically that the paperwork to make Western Australia an official colony of Great Britain wasn't filled out right, and so in turn WA wasn't a proper state of Australia.

So he's turned his farm into a Monarchy, with passports, stamps, a bad 1990's era website, and a nice little novelty tourist business. (Why else would you go visit this scrubby dry flat bit of desert?)
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Old December 11th, 2012, 05:12 PM   #38

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The first Roman-Jewish war 66-73 is interesting. A synopsis: The rebellion was sparked by the differences between the Hellenistic and Jewish religions. Taxation was another factor. Attacks on Roman citizens or it interests and traitors occurred. The situation had spiraled out of control by the time the Syrian legion XII Fulminata entered Judea only to be ambushed and defeated at the battle of Beth Horon which shocked the Roman world of the time.

The Roman response led to Vespasian being named general by Nero, and out right invasion to restore order in the rebellious province. In time Nero was replaced by Vespasian as emperor, in which it was only decided through civil war the he was to be the emperor amidst the violence in Judea, Vespasian left it to his son Titus to conclude the conflict. Titus adopted siege warfare as a means in keeping the Roman body count down against battle hardened Zealot forces. Which finally culminated with the last Judean rebel holdouts retreating to Masada with the Romans laying siege to, the mass suicide of trapped Zealot forces and their families and the fall of Masada.
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Maccabean Revolt. It's as interesting as the Jewish Revolt of 66, but with the side of righteousness winning!
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Titus adopted siege warfare as a means in keeping the Roman body count down against battle hardened Zealot forces.
The Siege of Jeruselam was a bloody affair, for sure. Titus showed his martial abilities in being able to overcome the defences.


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Which finally culminated with the last Judean rebel holdouts retreating to Masada with the Romans laying siege to, the mass suicide of trapped Zealot forces and their families and the fall of Masada.
Silva's solution to the problem of reaching Masada was typical Roman ingenuity at its best. I believe there were two survivors though, a mother and her child. She could not bring herself to kill them both.

The Judean wars were brutal affairs, and I remember when I first read the commentaries of the war by Josephus, and thinking how graphic an illustratio of warfare it was.
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