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The Globe- The Theater of Awesome!As I continue looking into the politics of modern day, it has been striking me that the West is losing touch with its history. Indeed we are told that any pride in where we come from is almost forbidden and most certainly racist, sexist or some other form of “ist”. Any examination of European history has to be peppered these days with people droning on and on about it's flaws, as if it's some grand revelation that civilizations where people literally pooped in the hallways of their own homes, were flawed.
It's obvious this is a bad direction for any culture to go in, always looking on its own history with disdain, but what to do? Well, discover history for yourself of course. Put a more positive spin on things- this is where you come from and these people who lived before you did not have lives absent of joy and happiness.
I'm going to start my journey into Western history with a look at something the brought joy to many and continues to do so to this day, the theater. One
World War 2: Germany Enters Africa
Into the Balkans
With the Italian forces annihilated by the British the Germans were now put into a tough position. Adolf Hitler would now have to decide to either abandon Benito Mussolini and his ambitions for Italy even if it was his most powerful ally or he could help them in the Balkans and Africa. He decided to help and now prepared a campaign into the Balkans. The five Balkan nations were Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, and Greece. Hungary, Romania, and Bulgaria were already allied with Hitler and were in the Axis. However, a revolution had turned the pro-German government in Yugoslavia into a pro-British one. Its neighbor Greece was also pro-British so in April 1941 500,000 German troops invaded Yugoslavia and Greece. This would be the beginning of Germany getting stuck into Mussolini's ambitious dreams of recreating the Roman Empire and would force them to send forces that could have been used in Operation Barbarossa to other places instead.
Nevertheless, the Balkans Ca
World War 2: Pearl Harbor
The Invasion of French Indochina
By August 1940 Japan was now ready for war. While it was still locked in a war against the Chinese, the Japanese were still confident for success. Japan's first aggression was against the French in their colony of Indochina. They thought it would be an easy target since they capitalized against France's defeat in Europe. The Japanese first seized control of the colony's airbases in the north. The Japanese saw a campaign against the French as a quick and easy expansion of its empire. A year later the Japanese invited the French commanders to a meeting and they wanted to negotiate an agreement that if they could use all the airbases in Indochina, they would not attack or hurt any French troops and citizens in the colony. When the French hesitated the Japanese invaded the entire colony and ruled over Indochina.
Japan felt the consequences of the invasion almost immediately. While conquering the colony and defeating the French troops was easy, the United St
HMS New Zealand - BattlecruiserAccording to a recent poll New Zealand is the second most peaceful country in the world. I’m not sure why we came in behind Iceland but I am prepared to accept the result. During the 20th Century things were different. New Zealand participated in both World Wars and several other wars that resulted from them, such as Korea and Viet Nam.
At the beginning of the century we even participated in a naval arms race, despite not having a navy. These are very expensive races to join and looking back it seems illogical that we wanted to pay for a ship that in time of war would serve on the other side of the globe. The New Zealand Government was not forced to do so. It just seemed like a good idea at the time. Looking back, it is very difficult to see why. There is more chance of the Pope converting to Islam, than of New Zealand doing the modern equivalent. Pay for a nuclear-powered submarine to be built for the Royal Navy.
The group is currently undergoing some changes and a restructuration.
Parts of those changes mean that the folders structure will soon be changed. The Grographical (continental) designation will be substituted by a chronological organization with the following 4 folders:
- Pre-History, Ancient and Classic History
(from the first hominids to circa 500 AD);
- Medieval History
(circa 500 to circa 1500 AD);
- Modern History
(circa. 1500 to circa 1800 AD);
- Contemporary history
(circa 1800 AD to nowadays);
These folders are still closed for now, they will be opened as soon as possible, so for now the new submissions should still be directional to the “continental folders”, or, if more adequate to the existing thematic folders.
* The folder “featured” is being emptied from “older works”. The folder had more than 100 pages, now has some 50, but the objective is that this folder has permanently 1 or 2 pages with good featured works, changing from 1 to 4 times a month. We can have here some new good works or some old works that deserve to be underlined.
* The folders with the designation Archives are closed and will sooner or later be emptied. There are there many quality works that I hope soon they will be given some more importance and relevance.
* The works for the Middle East should be direction either to the Asian or African folders, according to the respective region. The works already there will be moved for the new chronological folders;
* September submissions to the continental folders will be quickly moved to the Chronological folders as soon as they are fully operational.
For now we don’t have group rules, but I expect to have some simple ones quite soon. For several motifs, so if for instance a work is rejected the author knows and understands why that happened. We are a history group and we should focus on history works, either images or texts. Also because the group will avoid current politics themes. Our focus will be the past, not the present or the future. So that means that any work with political/ideological objectives agendas can be refused, or works that can be confused with political/ideological agendas. This is not new in the group. It was a principle already expressed by our first founder, a principle that I fully agree. So: Political History, yes. Current politics, no. Sometimes the line can be difficult to trace, but we will surely have to manage a way.
Basically we are a WIP.
Thank you to all the contributors and members… the group is waiting for your good works about history or history related themes.
To the new members and visitors... welcome to our group...