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Old January 12th, 2017, 01:50 AM   #281

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I have that boardgame as well! Though none of my friends want to play it with me haha. Maybe because I always want to play France and thrash Wellingtons forces .
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Old January 12th, 2017, 01:53 AM   #282

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I can speak fluent standard Hindi and many of the regional dialects, Punjabi and a bit of Gujarati and Marathi. I tried learning Persian on my own a few months ago, but did not get anywhere with it. I can read Sanskrit. I also know English but I'm not very fluent at it.
We are getting quite off topic, but I need to know. Someone ones told me that ones you know Sanskrit, nearly any indo-European language becomes quite easy to learn. Is this true?
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Old January 12th, 2017, 02:05 AM   #283
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We are getting quite off topic, but I need to know. Someone ones told me that ones you know Sanskrit, nearly any indo-European language becomes quite easy to learn. Is this true?
It is not true at all. Sanskrit is very different even from modern Indo-Aryan languages, let alone other families of Indo-European.

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Old January 12th, 2017, 02:06 AM   #284

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Are you of non-Indian origin?
Nope.

I got hooked onto history when I was 6ish while browsing my school's library. Unfortunately, I only got interested in Napoleon much later. From those children's biographies of American Presidents to F.N. Maude's book on the Ulm Campaign. Quite a ride, I must say.


Besides Napoleonic history, I like European history (mainly from 1688 onward), American history,late medieval and modern Indian history, and modern world history.
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Nope.
I see; I was curious because you mentioned you cannot read Indian languages well.
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Old January 12th, 2017, 02:55 AM   #286

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I see; I was curious because you mentioned you cannot read Indian languages well.
I'd lived in the US for most of my life and came back recently.
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Old January 12th, 2017, 03:01 PM   #287

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And some people still claim that he wasn't a warmonger!
Dear @paranoid, you forget a little bit that european powers sustained by Great briatain weren't exactly virtuous doves of the peace .
Let's not forget which country broke the peace treaty in 1803
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Old January 12th, 2017, 09:11 PM   #288

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Dear @paranoid, you forget a little bit that european powers sustained by Great briatain weren't exactly virtuous doves of the peace .
Let's not forget which country broke the peace treaty in 1803
To an extent, both sides did. Britain refused to evacuate Malta, and France refused to evacuate Holland, and each side had agreed to those at Amiens. It was, however, the British who set off the keg first by seizing french ships in the Channel.
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I never understood Britain's fixation with the French evacuating the Netherlands seeing as the Netherlands were always going to be a French puppet state.
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Old January 12th, 2017, 09:30 PM   #290

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Anyone really comes close to this guy in terms of pitched battles fought ?He seems to have fought around 60 which is astonishing because the people coming immediately next seem to have fought at most 20 or a bit more.
Some generals who fought/won a similar or greater number of Battles:

- Nadir Shah: Napoleon's almost-contemporary - somehow turned Persia into a world power briefly due to sheer administrative and military genius, despite it having been occupied almost totally by the Afghans just 2 years earlier. Defeated by ENVELOPMENT a force 6 times larger than his own, his own Austerlitz on steroids.
- Suvorov: fought 60+ battles, never lost a single one
- Timur the Lame: The victor of over 100 battles. Probably the only man to successfully invade and conquer Russia in the winter.
- Bajirao Peshwa: Fought in over 30 campaigns, though fixed battles are hard to count due to the rapid, cavalry-only nature of his very unique style of war.
- Bayezid "the Thunderbolt": Ultimately bested by Timur, but nonetheless conquered over 12 countries during his reign and fought in over 60 battles.
- Oda Nobunaga: Again hard to say how many actual "battles" he fought since a lot of them were drawn out sieges, but he conquered over 20 major fiefdoms in his reign.
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