1. Futurist

    France doesn't fall in 1940; Stalin makes a move on Subcarpathian Ruthenia

    Here is the scenario: Due to the French Seventh Army not being sent to the Low Countries and instead being kept at either Rheims or the Ardennes sector, France is able to stop the Manstein Plan (the Sickle-Cut) in its tracks--thus preventing the Fall of France in 1940 and causing World War II to...
  2. Tokugawa Ieyasu

    Was Takeda Katsuyori (武田勝賴) really responsible for the fall of Takeda ?

    Was Takeda Katsuyori (武田勝賴) really responsible for the fall of Takeda ? Was Takeda Katsuyori really responsible for the fall of the Takeda clan of Kai ? Please vote your answer and state your explanation. Guideline The main factors that were generally regarded as...
  3. Futurist

    The largest post-WWII Soviet bloc if France doesn't fall in 1940?

    What is the largest post-WWII Soviet bloc that can be formed if France doesn't fall in 1940? As for my own thoughts on this, I think that, if France doesn't fall in 1940 and a long war subsequently occurs--with enough time for the Soviet Union to enter the war on the Anglo-French side--then the...
  4. I

    Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

    Here's the series that first got me into Opencourseware. Yale professor Freedman begins by talking about the greatness of the Roman Empire. The free college course ends at 1000 A.D with the Vikings. This course was offered for college credit. However, watching the lectures on Youtube saves...
  5. artistauthor

    The Rise And Fall Of La Cosa Nostra in America

    Last week I bought two books dealing with the same topic- the Mafia in America- the first was the late Frederic Sondern's "Brotherhood Of Evil: The Mafia" (Panther Books, 1965) and Joseph Pistone's "Donnie Brasco: My Undercover Life in The Mafia"(signet Books, 1989)- the first dealt with La Cosa...
  6. Imperia

    The Rise of West and the Fall of Rome

    When rome fell western europe divided into smaller powers (england, france, spain, portugal and holland and later germany), these nations competed with each other leading to the creation of colonial empires and imperialism; and the conquest of the world by the West. Meanwhile the east remained...
  7. gordopolis

    The Gothic War 376-382

    A short outline of events after the Goths' entry into the ERE in 376 AD: Timeline of the Gothic War - Gordon Doherty - Writer Some say this struggle was the catalyst for the Western Empire's fall. There is a plausible chain reaction theory to back that up (autonomous Goths living in empire...
  8. B

    Cardinal Wolsey: An Unprecedented Fall From Grace

  9. Tokugawa Ieyasu

    The British planning for the Japanese invasion of Malaya

    Let's discuss and criticize about the British strategic plan for the defense of Malaya-Singapore before the Japanese invasion began on 8th December 1941. What is the most ideal strategic plan for the British army in your viewpoint ? Do you think Arthur Percival make a proper move for his...
  10. B

    Gibbon’s Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

    In the first chapter, where Gibbons describes the conquest of Britain, he describes the Emperors as stupid, dissolute, and timid. It looks like he is referring to Domitian. Why does Gibbon not mention: Galba, Otho, Vitellius, Vespasian, and Titus? Is he really only referring to Domitian? All...
  11. frogsofwar

    Fall of the American Republic

    A short essay I penned the other day, intended more as an experiment in the prose of historical writing as opposed to being prophetic. It is written from the perspective of a historian about 300 years in the future living in a Robert Heinlein-like society: space travel is assumed, as well as an...
  12. A

    Is this quote about fall of Rome true?

    https://biblebased.wordpress.com/2015/04/02/the-five-reasons-for-the-collapse-of-the-roman-empire-by-edward-gibbon/ In this link the author of the blog says that according to Gibbon, one of the reasons for the fall of Rome was: The rapid increase of divorce, with the undermining of the...
  13. irishcrusader95

    Was the Roman Republic "doomed" to fall?

    Having just finished, for the third time, 'Rubicon' by Tom Holland I am left with a bitter sense that maybe the fall of the republic was inevitable. So much of what happened in the last century of the republic, from the march of Sulla to the proclamation of Augustus as "First Citizen" could...
  14. F

    Books about Rise and fall of European lead modern world

    Right now I am reading "Why did Europe Conquer the World" by Philip T.Hoffman. So far I found some good observations, not least about the role of military competition between European powers. On the other hand probably a tendency to not only try to find "the explanation", by excluding more than...
  15. johnincornwall

    The Fall of Visigothic Hispania

    Sources are largely the books of Garcia Moreno, Javier Arce, Alvarez jimenez plus earlier historians. Little time is actually devoted to discussion of this, despite it actually being one of the greatest mysteries in all history. One reason for this is a lack of contemporary evidence, coupled...
  16. cachibatches

    Agesilaus: Sparta's greatest king or the man who presided over her fall from grace?

    Greetings all, Just finished Xenophon's essay on King Agesilaus, and it is quite a contrast to Plutarch's, and even to some extent Xenophon's more realistic portrayal in the Hellenica. Both agree that the man was of exemplary courage, intelligence, and moral character. Both attest to the...
  17. Aristodemus

    Troy: Fall of a City

    This BBC show aired its first episode on Saturday. Anyone in the UK see it? Thoughts? It's going to be released on Netflix, but no date yet. Curious to find out if it's worth it, or if like the Brad Pitt 'Troy' movie, they butcher The Iliad. Trailer:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QTBOi1PAMmw
  18. artistauthor

    The rise and fall of HUAC

    (author's note; contrary to popular belief, the late Republican Senator from Wisconsin, Joseph "Tailgunner Joe " McCarthy never had anything to with HUAC- the House Un American Activities Committee, belonged to the Peermanent Committee on Investigations of the US Senate NOT the House) The House...
  19. A

    leadership after the fall

    Some believe the US will never fall as Rome did but what if did? If we there were no establishment above us controlling us with laws and policies we would need leaders to organize us for our survival. What qualities of leadership do we want?
  20. R

    Why did Rome fall?

    What are the main reasons for the Romes fall? What is the most important reason, and why do you think that is the most important reason?