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    Jayavarman VII

    So I was playing CIV 6 and I started thinking about the character Jayavarman VII, so I looked him up on Wikipedia and this other history website. From what I was able to make out from the facts, he wasn't chosen to be king, he basically "took the position back" from a usurper after a foreign...
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    Debate of WW1 British historians: Britain Should Not Have Fought in the WW1 (video)

    Discussion of the most famous British WW1 historians. Britain Should Not Have Fought in the First World War BqO5CnnKLtA The anti-war group defeated the pro-war group with rational brilliant logic, while the pro-war historian group tried to save their cause with traditional sentimental...
  3. Godan

    When worlds collide: a discussion of syncretic culture

    The main inspiration for this post was from reading about the Kabukimono, who were groups of thugs, ronin and unemployed samurai that grew larger as Oda Nobunaga and Toyatomi Hideyoshi consolidated their power over Japan. They were known for for having outlandish hairstyles and named after their...
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    The French in North America

    Greetings all, as a history buff of Native-American heritage one topic that's interested me a lot is the history of North-American interaction with the Euro powers during the 18th-19th century. In particular I'm interested in the French. I just thought I'd throw out a few points of discussion...
  5. Futurist

    Plausibility Check: A German Purchase of Either Luxembourg or Suwalki Governorate?

    Would it have been realistic for Germany--had the political will to do this actually existed in Germany, that is--to successfully purchase Luxembourg and/or the Suwalki Governorate in the late 19th century? For the record, the logic behind such of these purchases would be this: -Luxembourg is...
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    The most influential inventions discussion [Video Discussion]

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=achTwpswiK8 Hi, I made a video about the most influential inventions, and I would like to know your guys' opinion on what the most influential inventions are. EDIT: For those of you who don't want to watch a video here's a short summary: 1 - Penicillin...
  7. civfanatic

    Pre-Modern "National" Identities: Discussion on the History of Nationalism

    In this thread, we can discuss examples of proto-nationalism in pre-modern times, and the history of nationalism and ethno-national identity in general. It is often claimed by the likes of Marxists, anarchists, and internationalists of all stripes that the "nation" is an artificial construct of...
  8. VHS

    A general Ming Dynasty discussion

    As the last indigenous dynasty of China, Ming Dynasty could be romanticized or demonized. Some claimed about late Ming Renaissance of commerce and culture, as well as the development of the cabinet system. Some claimed that the fact that China is still a developing country was due to Ming...
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    1964 Presidential Election Discussion: Johnson vs. Goldwater

    Numerous moderate and liberal Republicans wanted to find an alternative to Goldwater, who had the staunch right lane to himself. His main opponent, Rockefeller, late in the primaries, received attention for his extramartial affairs and that hurt his chances. Whoever the Republican nominee was...
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    1948 Presidential Election Discussion: Dewey vs. Truman

    This is the famous upset election in which Dewey was predicted by every poll and analyst to defeat Truman with ease. This dynamic resulted in the challenger being complacent and the incumbent being hungry. Dewey stuck to vague stump speeches and offered little policy specifics. He also didn't...
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    1984 Presidential Election Discussion: Reagan vs. Mondale

    To repeat two axioms I've stated before, "Timing is everything" and "Don't run against an incumbent". Central to Reagan's economic policy was wringing out inflation with deflationary policies. He instructed the Federal Reserve to do so, so quickly, he effectively did eliminate the inflation...
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    1972 Presidential Election Discussion: Nixon vs. McGovern

    Nixon won this election by a landslide. Not too long after, the Watergate scandal destroyed his reputation and resulted in his resignation. Nixon used Watergate to try to give him an advantage in the election, but ironically, he didn't even need it. Many pin McGovern's loss on factors that...
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    1932 Presidential Election Discussion: Roosevelt vs. Hoover

    There's a lot of things that were strange about this election. The obvious part is that the incumbent in a large depression was bound to lose no matter what. But the strange part was Roosevelt's campaign. Hoover defended his administrations jobs programs. FDR, in his campaign, had bashed...
  14. VHS

    Collapse of Qin Dynasty discussion

    Qin Dynasty (or Qin Empire) was the most ephemeral dynasty that ruled most of what is known to be "China proper" today. In spite of the known military might, it might have been considerably smaller than Northern Song Dynasty. The rapid collapse of the Qin Dynasty has always been an...
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    Codes and Ciphers: Discussion and Information Source Recommendations

    I recently read the following book by Fred B. Wrixon: Codes, Ciphers and Other Cryptic and Clandestine Communication: 400 Ways to Send Secret Messages from Hieroglyphs to the Internet: Fred B. Wrixon: 0768821204075: Amazon.com...
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    discussion question help

    Help! I need a good discussion question to ask the class about Ferdinand Foch, a French soldier and military theorist during WW1. Something that will spark a discussion after my presentation
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    Discussion on Early Medieval 'Barbarian' Culture

    Many of the books I read on European medieval history, right now early medieval history, casually mention 'barbarian' peoples across that geographic expanse as an after-thought who were acted on by civilized society over time. I'm yet to come across (or seek out) any work, however, that...
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    Religious Studies Dictionary (Esp Abrahamic) Discussion

    Unexpected love for Religious Studies Dictionaries. Back up! beep beep My dive into Religious Studies has narrowed down to History of Christianity (1st) and History of Other Abrahamic Religions (2nd). I have found a lot of fun comes of looking up words and names in a specialized Religious...
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    Unbiased Discussion - Hindi vs Urdu

    Hindi and Urdu are descended from the the Indic language family which also includes languages such as Marathi, Punjabi, Nepali, Assamese, etc. All these languages share a common ancestor language. Hindi and Urdu are nearly entirely mutually intelligible. The difference in the two languages lie...
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    Help with my first essay

    Hello! Ill just quickly introduce myself. I just started studying history (5 weeks ago) because it has always been interesting to me ( a lot of aspects of it) and the possibility of doing research really appealed to me. I do have some trouble getting started though. For one of the classes I...