TheNightIsLost t1_j2ceuis wrote

Those were not his accomplishments, those were just some of the tools he used to set up his accomplishments.

I can't argue that if not for daddy dearest, Alex wouldn't have been able to start to become a great conqueror until he was in his 40s.


TheNightIsLost t1_j2c8hrj wrote

Frederick was a warmongering lunatic though, and only survived because of sheer luck.

Prussia then proceeded to follow his example of having basically no strategy asides from "ATTACK!!!", and ignoring anything beyond tactics.


TheNightIsLost t1_j2a7dow wrote

Song Dynasty. Idiots literally funded the Mongols after Genghis Khan died, which should have led to the empire collapsing, and then got attacked once the Jin had been destroyed by the Mongols.

Their own military also sucked, because the entire court was basically working for the enemies, and the generals constantly had to relay each battle's strategy to the court even when the battles were days away, which mean they almost always lacked any initiative.

If it had been literally ANY other dynasty, they could have finished the Mongols off. It's not like Genghis Khan was the first steppe conqueror China had faced. But the Song constantly kept snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, and ensured all of China got conquered by foreigners for the first time in history.


TheNightIsLost t1_j29rjlf wrote

The Mongols had a LOT of conquerors though. There was only one Alexander, but there were dozens of great Mongol generals.

And to make things better, the Mongol Empire coalesced at precisely the time when the Number 1 breaker of steppe empires, China, was in no position to fight them thanks to a horrible civil war and the dumbest goddamned Dynasty to ever rule the country.

It also helped that the other great horse riding empire, the Muslims, were basically in pieces at the time. So the Mongols could easily defeat them one at a time.

They weren't quite as lucky when fighting empires that were perfectly fine tho. The Indians beat them so easily that they barely even remember fighting them at all. The Vietnamese utterly humiliated them, hilariously so.


TheNightIsLost t1_j29mkp9 wrote

Alexander was the greatest conqueror in history, but he was not really a great king. He was basically his mom's puppet in Macedon and had to try to conquer new lands before he could consider himself sovereign....and then he screwed things up due to his Persophilia and so his generals took over after he died.

In fact, they may well have helped him along by poisoning him, but that's not confirmed.


TheNightIsLost t1_j29kkdy wrote


TheNightIsLost t1_j23fjey wrote

>If anything women have more reason than men to be stressed out given that we live in a, y’know, patriarchy.

Makes no sense. Living under oppression actually makes people LESS stressed, since they know they have no control over their lives and don't worry about it.

It's why atheistic democracies have such high rates of suicide and depression, whereas religious and more authoritarian states have less.