Historum - History Forums  

Go Back   Historum - History Forums > World History Forum > General History
Register Forums Blogs Social Groups Mark Forums Read

General History General History Forum - General history questions and discussions


Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old August 13th, 2014, 01:08 PM   #41
Lecturer
 
Joined: Mar 2012
Posts: 494

Quote:
Originally Posted by gladiatrice View Post
The short Napoleon myth never ceases to annoy me.
Never understood how its proven to be a myth.

It was reported by the french he was 5 6, its very likely he was exaggerating his height, height exaggeration are one of the most common in all of history.
Terranovan is offline  
Remove Ads
Old August 13th, 2014, 01:11 PM   #42

Futurist's Avatar
Historian
 
Joined: May 2014
From: SoCal
Posts: 11,123
Blog Entries: 3

Quote:
Originally Posted by Tairusiano View Post
there were massacres, and certain tribes were exterminated by wars, advise researching the spanish just war and encomienda system, and the Portuguese Bandeirantes, in south america usually a tribe was offered, the conversion or extermination, maybe a great number died by diseases, but there were other factors that made local populations fall, wars and exterminations were two factors.
Thank you very much for this info; I will definitely do some research on this later on.
Futurist is offline  
Old August 13th, 2014, 02:11 PM   #43

gladiatrice's Avatar
#JeSuisLawny
 
Joined: Oct 2013
From: En route to Canada!
Posts: 3,398

Quote:
Originally Posted by Terranovan View Post
Never understood how its proven to be a myth.

It was reported by the french he was 5 6, its very likely he was exaggerating his height, height exaggeration are one of the most common in all of history.
I'm afraid not.

Napoleon only appeared short because his army was mostly all over 6'. The inch differences between post-Revolutionary France (who screwed up not only measurements, but the calender) and England were radically different. The English would obviously use the French inches, because it made him look shorter that way, therefore less grand.
gladiatrice is offline  
Old August 13th, 2014, 02:13 PM   #44

Naomasa298's Avatar
Sho-Ryu-Ken
 
Joined: Apr 2010
From: T'Republic of Yorkshire
Posts: 28,037

Quote:
Originally Posted by Futurist View Post
Please elaborate on this part.
Without looking anything up, tell me what you know about ninjas, and I'll tell you which part of it is false.
Naomasa298 is offline  
Old August 13th, 2014, 02:22 PM   #45

Futurist's Avatar
Historian
 
Joined: May 2014
From: SoCal
Posts: 11,123
Blog Entries: 3

Quote:
Originally Posted by Naomasa298 View Post
Without looking anything up, tell me what you know about ninjas, and I'll tell you which part of it is false.
Ninjas are Japanese warriors/fighters with cool (and probably black/dark-colored) outfits.

That's pretty much all I know about ninjas without any additional research. Yes, I know, ignorant me.
Futurist is offline  
Old August 13th, 2014, 02:38 PM   #46

History Chick's Avatar
Genealogist
 
Joined: Jun 2010
From: Colorado Springs (PA at heart)
Posts: 3,120

I've talked about this one before. "Our family name was changed at Ellis Island by ignorant immigration officers who couldn't spell or pronounce our original foreign name." Don't make me repeat all the reasons why this is a big fat myth. If you want to know more, Google it. And you know, there's a very good chance your ancestors didn't even enter the US via Ellis Island - there were other ports of entry. Family legends are more likely to be at least part myth than reality.
History Chick is offline  
Old August 13th, 2014, 02:44 PM   #47

Naomasa298's Avatar
Sho-Ryu-Ken
 
Joined: Apr 2010
From: T'Republic of Yorkshire
Posts: 28,037

Quote:
Originally Posted by Futurist View Post
Ninjas are Japanese warriors/fighters with cool (and probably black/dark-colored) outfits.

That's pretty much all I know about ninjas without any additional research. Yes, I know, ignorant me.
You got the bit about them being Japanese right, but that's all.
Naomasa298 is offline  
Old August 13th, 2014, 02:45 PM   #48

Son of Athena's Avatar
Historian
 
Joined: Dec 2012
From: U.S.A.
Posts: 1,443

Quote:
Originally Posted by History Chick View Post
I've talked about this one before. "Our family name was changed at Ellis Island by ignorant immigration officers who couldn't spell or pronounce our original foreign name." Don't make me repeat all the reasons why this is a big fat myth. If you want to know more, Google it. And you know, there's a very good chance your ancestors didn't even enter the US via Ellis Island - there were other ports of entry. Family legends are more likely to be at least part myth than reality.
It did happen though.
Son of Athena is offline  
Old August 13th, 2014, 02:58 PM   #49

History Chick's Avatar
Genealogist
 
Joined: Jun 2010
From: Colorado Springs (PA at heart)
Posts: 3,120

Quote:
Originally Posted by gladiatrice View Post
I'm afraid not.

Napoleon only appeared short because his army was mostly all over 6'.
But if he was a soldier and he was short for a solider, could he not still have developed an inferiority complex over it, theoretically? I'm not saying he did have an inferiority complex, I don't know enough about him to know whether he did or not, but I'm just saying that I can see how a soldier's height was judged against other soldiers and how this could be the basis of the whole "Napoleon Complex" idea. Especially when soldiers are no strangers to bullying.
History Chick is offline  
Old August 13th, 2014, 03:01 PM   #50

History Chick's Avatar
Genealogist
 
Joined: Jun 2010
From: Colorado Springs (PA at heart)
Posts: 3,120

Quote:
Originally Posted by Son of Athena View Post
It did happen though.
Not without permission from the individual. Misspellings may have happened but it did not legally change one's name.
History Chick is offline  
Reply

  Historum > World History Forum > General History

Tags
irritating, misconceptions



Thread Tools
Display Modes


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Common Historical Misconceptions/Myths Alex III General History 120 February 25th, 2017 05:46 PM
Historical misconceptions created by the media Naomasa298 Art and Cultural History 35 February 26th, 2015 04:33 PM
your historical misconceptions oshron General History 74 September 30th, 2014 09:35 PM
5 historical misconceptions rundown Emperor Trajan Learning History 6 November 15th, 2013 06:14 PM

Copyright © 2006-2013 Historum. All rights reserved.