How Warfare Shaped History

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Warfare has shaped society from its inception. It may not be something many people are comfortable thinking about, but modern society was created by a series of wars. Impact of warfare on human society could be compared to impact of geography, climate, natural resources, economics and ideas.

Even events that had happened hundreds or thousands of years ago still revebrate to this day. Roman expansion brought the Empire into contact – and conflict – with Persia. Those two empires waged a series of wars, last and greatest of which left them both exhausted and vulnerable to expansion of Islam. And Islam expanded almost exclusively through warfare, especially in its first centuries, conquering wast swathes of territory – from Gibraltar to India, from Kazakhstan to Indonesia. Expansion of Islam brought it into contact with many peoples, including Turks – who would proceed to capture Roman Anatolia. This in turn caused Romans to turn to West for help, and this cry for help prompted the Pope to call for the First Crusade. But the Fourth Crusade would sack Constantinople, causing the Roman Empire to fragment – and while Constantinople would be recaptured, fragmentation of the Empire would endure. Eventually, constant infighting would cause Romans to turn to Ottoman Turks as mercenaries, but the Ottomans soon turned against the Empire, capturing its territories one by one. Eventually, they would set their sights on Constantinople.
 

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How Warfare Shaped History – History and War (wordpress.com)

Warfare has shaped society from its inception. It may not be something many people are comfortable thinking about, but modern society was created by a series of wars. Impact of warfare on human society could be compared to impact of geography, climate, natural resources, economics and ideas.

Even events that had happened hundreds or thousands of years ago still revebrate to this day. Roman expansion brought the Empire into contact – and conflict – with Persia. Those two empires waged a series of wars, last and greatest of which left them both exhausted and vulnerable to expansion of Islam. And Islam expanded almost exclusively through warfare, especially in its first centuries, conquering wast swathes of territory – from Gibraltar to India, from Kazakhstan to Indonesia. Expansion of Islam brought it into contact with many peoples, including Turks – who would proceed to capture Roman Anatolia. This in turn caused Romans to turn to West for help, and this cry for help prompted the Pope to call for the First Crusade. But the Fourth Crusade would sack Constantinople, causing the Roman Empire to fragment – and while Constantinople would be recaptured, fragmentation of the Empire would endure. Eventually, constant infighting would cause Romans to turn to Ottoman Turks as mercenaries, but the Ottomans soon turned against the Empire, capturing its territories one by one. Eventually, they would set their sights on Constantinople.
Human beings are by nature colonist. They will seek safe haven where they can dominate because of there hubris, greed or ego whatever you may call them. That's why Elon musk says very correctly that we are nothing but intelligent monkeys fighting for territory and resources, and jump on a tighter hole for making more copies of us, and the only way to reach a state of intelligence above it all is to look towards the sky and give a good thought to why we are so arrogant of our hubris, aren't we know that we are in the end still alone if go just above Ionosphere?

Knowledge frees every crusades, wars and religions combined. But since warfare goes, we wouldn't have seen technologies to make us think a bit better, bit humble of who we are and go beyond just war fighting.
 

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Human beings are by nature colonist. They will seek safe haven where they can dominate because of there hubris, greed or ego whatever you may call them. That's why Elon musk says very correctly that we are nothing but intelligent monkeys fighting for territory and resources, and jump on a tighter hole for making more copies of us, and the only way to reach a state of intelligence above it all is to look towards the sky and give a good thought to why we are so arrogant of our hubris, aren't we know that we are in the end still alone if go just above Ionosphere?

Knowledge frees every crusades, wars and religions combined. But since warfare goes, we wouldn't have seen technologies to make us think a bit better, bit humble of who we are and go beyond just war fighting.
Looks like Elon musk was inspired by Carl Sagan's pale blue dot.
 

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