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A Forgotten Colonial War
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Sashadroogie



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 08, 2012 7:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Qaaolchoura wrote:
Sashadroogie wrote:
Qaaolchoura wrote:

Maybe because you live in the remnants of a pitiful rump of a great empire that was destroyed twice in part by imperial hubris, and a country that seems to be striving to make it an even three?

~Q


Ah, steady! This latest edit is even more 'disinformed' than the original post.

But more accurate, though in keeping with the subject I did leave out mention the inept policies and autocratic tendencies of all three Muscovite entities. Foreign wars were merely the catalyst. Someday Putin or one of his successors will test his "the near abroad" theory in the wrong country and make it a trifecta.

And for the record, if you look at my timestamps you'll note that I made that edit right after posting it, and hit "submit" the same minute you responded. Damn your un-communist efficiency!

~Q


Tsk tsk, again. You seem to have been reading Philip Longworth's Russia's Empires. If you haven't, then you should, as it contains the same pernicious ideas about Russia's many rises and falls. He's a very naughty writer who has made it onto the list...

http://www.amazon.com/Russias-Empires-Their-Prehistory-Putin/dp/0719565839
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Sashadroogie



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 08, 2012 8:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

On the subject of popular history books about colonialism, Peter Hopkirk's The Great Game is a swashbuckling read.

http://www.amazon.com/Great-Game-Struggle-Central-Kodansha/dp/1568360223
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 08, 2012 3:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sashadroogie wrote:
Look!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j606QqqRIEc


Only 42 viewings of that video?

Warm regards,
fat_chris
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Sashadroogie



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 08, 2012 5:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, I think the number is fixed. Been 42 for ages.

Uploader must be a Douglas Adams fan.
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Qaaolchoura



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 08, 2012 6:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sashadroogie wrote:

Tsk tsk, again. You seem to have been reading Philip Longworth's Russia's Empires. If you haven't, then you should, as it contains the same pernicious ideas about Russia's many rises and falls. He's a very naughty writer who has made it onto the list...

http://www.amazon.com/Russias-Empires-Their-Prehistory-Putin/dp/0719565839

I read it well over two years ago, just before my first ESL stint. It briefly interested me in attempting to obtain ESL work in Russia.

Sashadroogie wrote:
On the subject of popular history books about colonialism, Peter Hopkirk's The Great Game is a swashbuckling read.

http://www.amazon.com/Great-Game-Struggle-Central-Kodansha/dp/1568360223


And that one I read back in high school, must've been the mid aughts. That said, I wholeheartedly concur.

~Q
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Sashadroogie



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 08, 2012 8:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ah... you see?! My secret network knows all about your reading habits and can inform me quite accurately about the source of your misinformation. You could say that they can read you like a book...
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Sashadroogie



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 08, 2012 8:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My operatives are telling me that there is a high likelihood that Robert Conquest features on your reading list about Russia too. Oh, dear.. I hope not.
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Qaaolchoura



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PostPosted: Sat Dec 08, 2012 8:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sashadroogie wrote:
My operatives are telling me that there is a high likelihood that Robert Conquest features on your reading list about Russia too. Oh, dear.. I hope not.

Up until now, no.
Thanks for the rec.

~Q
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Sashadroogie



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 09, 2012 11:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You'll love him! Full of all sorts of untruths (not slanders in this case, being published books : ) and plenty of invective heaped upon Russia. The whole country. Not just the leadership. Pity about there being no truth whatsoever, sniff sniff. But it didn't seem to bother the writer...
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