1. VHS

    The alleged "upper extensions of empires"

    This concept of 帝国极壁 (the upper extent of empires) means the projection of an empire's military within two months. This should be extended with the advent of railways and highways; then, our current largest country is substantially smaller than the Mongol Empire or the British Empire. Is the...
  2. Fabius Maximus

    English and French North American empires swapped round

    Let's say that France ends up colonising the eastern seaboard of North America whereas Britain colonises the St. Lawrence and Mississippi, rather than the other way round like in real life. How would this affect the development of their respective colonies, the interactions between them, etc.?
  3. M

    The Smallest Empires in History

    3) The Roman Empire was very small by the time it was conquered by the Turks in 1453, consisting of a vassal fiefdom containing most of the Peloponnesus and the capital city Constantinople and a small region around it. The Peloponnesus has an area of 21,5439.6 square kilometers or 8,320.3...
  4. M

    The shortest lasting empires in history.

    The 18 shortest lived empires I could find. It is interesting to compare their numbers on the list with the number of years they lasted: 18) King Stefan Uros IV Dushan of Serbia crowned himself Emperor of the Serbs and the Romans 16 April 1346 and died 20 December 1355. The Serbian empire...
  5. O

    Name of empires

    I'm curious what the people of the following empires called their country. Or if it isn't known, what were they called by their neighbours or later in history? Or did they really call their countries after their dynasties? Empire of the Shatavahana Empire of the Chalukya Empire of the...
  6. Y

    Why were Manchurian Empires so powerful?

    Khitan and Jurchen peoples from modern day Manchuria and the Soviet far east created powerful armies during the medieval and early modern eras from the 900's to the 1600's. All of these conquests were relatively opportunistic, but they still proved extraordinarily successful in battle, leading...
  7. E

    Rank your top 25-50 empires of all time

    Pretty self explanatory, go!! Your list can have as few as 20 empires(or important civilizations in general) and as many as 50. Don't really expect many to throw 50 on a list but I'd like everyone who makes a list to at least get to 20 or 25, so we have more to discuss. People arguing over a...
  8. F

    Colonial empires belonged to Another Age?

    Is it correct to see the european colonial empires as "remote past" now, if not in years, then in effect and in our mind? This year is 70 years since the British-India disappeared with some other colonial possesions (Eastern Meditteranean, Iraq, etcetera) but is that not already as if far-away...
  9. FailWhale

    Rank these Empires at their peak

    Swedish Empire Empire of Japan Timurid Empire Portuguese Empire How would you rank them in a list of all time greatest empires.
  10. M

    Loyalty of subjects in Austro-Hungary and Ottoman Empires

    How were the loyalty of the different ethnic groups in the Austro-Hungarian empire compared to the Ottoman empire in the late 1800s and the early 1900s? I am thinking of ethnic groups such as slovenes,croats, serbs and so on in the A-H empire and groups like bulgarians,romanians,greeks, serbs...
  11. Karl XII

    Most overrated empires?

    While there's been tons of discussion on overrated generals, battle and campaigns I feel that this specific question has not come up. I have always personally thought that while the Mongol, Russian and British empires did many impressive things the sheer size of their empires isnt that amazing...
  12. Azad67

    Spy satellites are revealing Afghanistan’s lost empires

    Spy satellites are revealing Afghanistan?s lost empires | Science | AAAS
  13. E

    "Roman Emperors" and "Roman Empires"

    One thing I've noticed is a very popular topic of discussion on here is the term Roman Empire and emperor and what are and aren't appropriate civilizations and leaders to apply those titles to. Here is a thread to discuss all these wannabee Romans to your hearts content. Basically any leader who...
  14. T

    Indian empires - why were so ephemeral?

    Both Indie and China are densely-populated state with sophisticated culture and ancient origin. Both countries are ethnically and religiously diversified. Despite its resemblances, histories of two states were quite different. China during most of its history has one unified centralized empire...
  15. E

    Need help with this video on muslim empires

    I_To-cV94Bo This is one of those videos by Bill Warner about "Political Islam", "relentless jihad". It maps the battles that caliphate forces fought with Europeans. I have a strong sense this isn't right, showing Islam as a monolithic evil that wants to take over, other stuff that is considered...
  16. C

    What if the Aztec/Inca Empires had become their own modern nations?

    Here’s an interesting idea: The Aztec and Inca Empires surviving long enough in history to have the possibility to modernize and become countries in the modern sense of the world. How? Well, let’s just assume in this alternate timeline that somehow, the Latin American Indians were...
  17. Kvasir

    Rise and Fall of Empires

    Apologies if this has been posted before, although I didn't find anything similar for the last 6 months of posts. I was hoping to get some opinions on a theory on empires. Spesifically what you might call a lifetime or a life cycle of empires. Some of you probably know what this is about, but...
  18. WhatAnArtist

    What was the public opinion on the European colonial empires like?

    This has been fascinating me recently, the fact that the great European colonial empires lasted until so (relatively) recently, in some cases lasting until the 1960's and 1970's (as with France and Portugal), within the same lifespan as my parents. It's somewhat surreal, since the age of...
  19. Oliver Cromwell

    Ancient Empires VS Modern Times

    I've always had an interest in the great empires of old, mainly thanks to my Christian upbringing and the role of different world empires in the Bible. Recently however I am gaining a new interest, and new insight, into such empires. I have recently watched some of a documentary about the...
  20. robto

    Comparison between the European Seaborne Empires in Early modern Asia

    I want to know if any of you can make a comparison to the various European seaborne "empires" present around the in the Indian Ocean between 16th and 18th centuries. There were three main maritime "empires": - The Portuguese. Nominally controlled by the crown with the Estado da Índia serving...