Everything Changes; Empires Come and Empires Go

Man’s quest for power stretches back to the first human settlements. Control of territory and consequently the resources therein, allow a modicum of stability. Once man embraced an agrarian lifestyle, the desire to retain the literal fruits of his labor became important. In the last few posts, we’ve been looking at what led to the … More Everything Changes; Empires Come and Empires Go

Ancient Greece’s Legacy

Ancient Greece, a mythical era of humanity, recognized as the birthplace of Western Civilization. What separates the Greeks from their Eastern neighbors? Civilizations like the Sumerians who established the first large cities and the Egyptians with their elaborate religious culture. Why are the Greeks considered the fundamental basis of the Western world? The truly astounding … More Ancient Greece’s Legacy

World Conquest Eve: Philip the II of Macedonia

At a time when the world was still a much larger place. As nation states were emerging from the time of clans, consolidating power and establishing themselves, Philip the II would rise to power. He would revolutionize major structures of his military that would remain mainstays of armies for centuries. Philip the II was a … More World Conquest Eve: Philip the II of Macedonia

Food the Last Thing to Evolve on the Battlefield

I think we can all agree that the role of war has played a major part in the human story. As technology evolves, advances in weapon technology, tactics and transportation increasingly become more sophisticated. One often overlooked factor that determines the effectiveness of an army is the ability to provide its soldiers with adequate nutrition. … More Food the Last Thing to Evolve on the Battlefield

What is it to be a Bohemian? The Where & When of Bohemian Culture

Counter-culture trends seem to repeat themselves throughout history. The cycle of the up and coming generation of youth latching onto a small established sub-sect of society is a familiar one. Trying to make their own place in the world, they identify with ideals that are in direct contradiction to the standards held by their parents. … More What is it to be a Bohemian? The Where & When of Bohemian Culture

Prussia’s Conclusion; Centralizing and Dissolution

The Prussian story is a great example of the way the borders of our world melt into one another. Their history is that of one conquest or rise to power after another. In its last three hundred years, Prussia will move slowly toward a larger unified territory. The one that is probably most recognizable from … More Prussia’s Conclusion; Centralizing and Dissolution