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and a lot more relevant than Roman history
I think roman history is relevant too
in a general sense
Not in the sense that you can relate to modern politics though
you begin with a state that had the political strength to survive the loss of 200,000 of its strongest, bravest men
and still come out on top
produce leaders like cincinnatus, construct a navy from scratch, produce an innovative system of gov't that worked for 400 years
not as relevant compared to Revolutions
only to degenerate into nigger tier coups, extralegal exceptions, street fighting, and civil wars
like the podcast lol
I think it's very relevant given that Rome was a republic for half of its history
and I think that all republics have to deal with authority, distribution of power, constitutionality, and the rise/decline of the institutions over time
Well for sure, the lessons that Rome taught were incredibly important
Yeah but the details are nowhere near as important
yeah the details are only there to inspire general theory
But you can say the English Civil War was directly influential to America's founding
but I don't think it makes it any less important if you're really trying to understand politics
what do you think inspired Locke to write his two treatises of gov't?
people really underestimate how influential locke was to the American colonists, also how disproportionately influential he was
That's one thing they get right in school
there was all sorts of thinkers at the time, with all sorts of works of varying popularity circulating the colonies, but for such an age of enlightenment, people weren't really as well read as the period is often portrayed
I remember looking at some primary documents about harvard students in the 1700s
a dorm burned down and the school was filing claims to restore property to the students
so you could see what every student claimed as his property, including the books that they had
lots of bible
lots of random textbooks
some john locke
everything else in very small quantities
honestly, it's kind of like today
in a sense
though replace the bible with some random social media bullshit or maybe the hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy lol
people like james madison, benjamin franklin, alexander hamilton, and james madison were one out of a thousand
You have any book recommendations on European history?
Or should I just get a textbook for something like that?
I have a good recommendation of a "textbook"
Patrick O'Brien's World History Atlas
Alright fellas, what should we set this week's topic for?
Whatever you want
Should we follow a podcast or book?