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The battle of Gallipoli, 1915 (x-post r/battlegifs) [R]4 years, 11 months agopicklesandvodka posted submission on MilitaryGfys.
Oct. 28, 2014
Oct. 28, 2014
And one of T.E. Lawrence's regrets as well. He had argued that Gallipoli was a destined failure -- instead suggesting Alexandretta.
Intelligence indicated that Alexandretta locals and military were sympathetic to Entente (later shown that they were), meaning the beachhead could be made easily.
Unfortunately for the soldiers, the Alexandretta plan was scrapped due to diplomatic pressures from France. See Alexandretta is right near Syria, a region in which the French had staked a claim earlier in the War (see Sykes-Picot Agreement).
When pressured to land in Syria, the French insisted that any invading force be, by majority, French. However, the French could not spare the troops to perform the invasion... thus Alexandretta was abandoned and Gallipoli was chosen (note how there's only 1 French unit in the GIF).
What's crazy is that the British Intelligence and T.E. Lawrence attempted to sell this plan THREE times... and the French shot it down every time. It is insane to think how the tide of the war would have turned if the Triple Entente had invaded near Alexandretta. It's possible that the invasion could have saved at least some of the Armenians being killed by the Ottoman's.
T.E. Lawrence's (Lawrence of Arabia's) proposed division of the Middle East from 1918 [1120x1076] [R]5 years, 1 month agoBarrilete_Cosmico posted submission on MapPorn.
Sept. 13, 2014
New photo from Gaza today looks like actual hell on earth [R]5 years, 2 months agothomasGK posted submission on pics.
July 29, 2014
July 29, 2014
There are plenty of books about the subject. I'm reading this one now: Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East
[Request] Books about Western and European influence in the Middle-East. [R]5 years, 6 months agovote_for_peter posted submission on booksuggestions.
April 13, 2014
Looking for a politically balanced viewpoint if that's even possible.
(Edit) Looking for the last 50-100 years specifically
Academic Article on Global Politics in strategy games [R]5 years, 6 months agomrmackdaddy posted submission on truegaming.
April 12, 2014
Found this article while I was searching for posts on the eurocentrism of Europa Universalis 4. Thought people might be interested in reading it edit: http://www.academia.edu/6068604/Are_We_What_We_Play_Global_Politics_in_Historical_Strategy_Computer_Games?login=&email_was_taken=true&login=&email_was_taken=true
EDIT (Added summary): As mrmackdaddy said, this article is more about justifying research into video games than anything else, probably also because the writer seems to only be a postgrad at the moment. I imagine he might go on to write more later. The article focuses on some assumptions that strategy video games make that have usually been a concern in the field of IR and related fields: Perfect Information , Perfect Control, Assumption of Otherness, Perpetual Conflict and Environmental Stasis. It justifies its research by saying that games can be used to "better perceive social realities around us" and to reflect on what we believe are common sense political principles.
Of course, when it comes to video games, limitations of resources probably play a stronger role than in other media. For instance, Environmental stasis is more likely as a limitation of resources rather than any conscious game design. Also, some of those principles could simply be an extension of the strategy game genre. For e.g. the fact that we have perfect control over our armies is derived from the board games from where the strategy genre arose (such as Risk), where we could move pieces around the board.
But it could paradoxically mean that this makes the game design more valid as a source of inquiry, because the game designers never thought to question it in the first place. Some ideas might be so ingrained in us that we never take a step back and thing about the assumptions they are based upon. It would be interesting to read more about the intersections of the assumptions made in games and game design, and what that implies about what we think.
April 13, 2014
While I said that war is normally a part of my strategy, I usually don't end up going for Conquest or Domination victories if I can help it. Normally I'll go for one of the peaceful victories because conquering the world can get kind of tedious. The reason I go to war is just to make my empire more powerful/secure. Like conquering my entire continent or an enemy "wonder city". I play Civ with friends occasionally and when I say that I am usually a peaceful player, they always point out that I am the most warlike player of our group. Maybe there are some real world parallels there.
The book is called Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East by Scott Anderson. It follows Lawrence of Arabia and a few other lesser known individuals and how they affected the war in the middle east in WW1. It doesn't really read like history and it's pretty easy to follow.
Mindless Monday, 2/17 [R]5 years, 8 months ago[deleted] posted submission on badhistory.
Feb. 17, 2014
Century of Violence: What World War I Did to the Middle East - World War I may have ended in 1918, but the violence it triggered in the Middle East still hasn't come to an end. Arbitrary borders drawn by self-interested imperial powers have left a legacy that the region has not been able to overcome [R]5 years, 8 months agoHannasouri posted submission on history.
Feb. 1, 2014
Feb. 1, 2014
Lawrence in Arabia is a well written book that attempts to cover WWI in the middle east and everything that went into forming the modern problems there now.
Pope Francis makes move to weaken the ultraconservative arm of the Vatican's Congregation for Bishops by removing two American's, including Raymond Burke, known for denying communion to abortion rights politicians. [R]5 years, 10 months agoCambrianExplosives posted submission on worldnews.
Dec. 17, 2013
Dec. 18, 2013
I'm currently reading Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East which, despite the name, focuses on multiple westerners, and not just T.E. Lawrence, who had a hand in shaping what happened in the Ottoman Empire during the war to make it what it is today. It's a little over-detailed in certain aspects, but its a fun read if you are interested in knowing more about that time period (albeit from a very western point of view). If you have a kindle it's only $9.
Personally I've always found the middle east and the Ottoman Empire to be a really interesting place historically. They were a huge part of western history, especially medieval history, that I feel is largely ignored. My fiance and I plan on going to Istanbul for our honeymoon.