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Old August 13th, 2015, 07:33 PM   #1
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Favourite Conflict For Purpose of Academic Study?


Hello all, I am in intrested in hearing which historical conflicts are your favourite to study. In your opinion, which ones give a more diverse field of academic research in the areas of Polotics, Technology, Tactics etc.?

My personal favorites are as follows...

● The Great War (WW1)- For the reason of technological advances and the transition into a new age of warfare

● The Napoleonic Wars- Great field tactics where born here, some brilliant commanders in this era...

● The Second World War- Some very intresting moments on the political side of things during this conflict, one of the greatest examples of radical political movements

I am very intrigued as to what your opinions are, I look forward to hearing them!

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.Congo War because I want to know what the black people in America thought about it.
.Israel vs Arabs Conflict because of the titanic amount of entertainment it gives
.ISIS vs the World Conflict because it's hilarious
.Vietnam War because it's also hilarious
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I have never found anything "hilarious" about war.
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I have never found anything "hilarious" about war.
Why so?
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Why so?
I have been in it. I also did one hitch as a peacekeeper after a civil war in another part of the world. Nothing hilarious about the human toll of war. Even when I did not know the people who died, or those who lost loved ones, I still did not find it funny. When I lost those very close to me, it became even less funny.
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I have been in it. I also did one hitch as a peacekeeper after a civil war in another part of the world. Nothing hilarious about the human toll of war. Even when I did not know the people who died, or those who lost loved ones, I still did not find it funny. When I lost those very close to me, it became even less funny.
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I will agree with you that I have very much enjoyed studying the Vietnam wars of the mid-20th century. That has been fascinating for me. I wish it all could have been avoided, however, right after WWII if the US would have worked with Ho Chi Minh. That could have saved countless lives in Vietnam, as well as many thousands from the US and those fighting for France. Nonetheless, it is still a very interesting period to study. It also causes a lot of controversy in this country.
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In terms of technological developments I'd have to rank WW I as #1 (tanks, aeroplanes, chemical warfare, submarines, radio top a list which also includes changes in uniforms, the machine gun and many other things) though I'd have to mention that it was during WW II that the atomic bomb was developed. Also during WW I tactics began to be developed which would reach their fullness during WW II to go along with more fully developed tanks, planes, etc., and aircraft carriers.

I'd also rank the American Civil War as the first modern war or the precursor of 20th century warfare. Tactically, the defenders acquired a superiority over attackers in battles (it took the mobile artillery of airplanes to reassert attackers' advantages.) Also, the strategic use of railroads was a huge leap into modernity (the Prussians would build German railways with their military use a priority.) An item for speculative history might be the "what if" Napoleon had the use of railways.

I'd also rank the Franco-Prussian War up there in regard to seeing how tactics and weapons worked together.

With the US Vietnam War comes the beginning of the development of small unit OPs which is a major part of US warfare today (especially the use of helicopters.)

Well, that's my two cents. I'm interested to see what others have to think.
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