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  1. Feb 2023
    1. This Vast Southern Empire explores the international vision and strategic operations of these southerners at the commanding heights of American politics.

      How does this book speak with respect to Immerwahr's How to Hide an Empire?

  2. Aug 2022
  3. Mar 2022
    1. rses often have some health issues, like arthritis, and can’t spend hours on the trip and keep up with speed. It is the same with re


      An average horse in good condition can travel roughly 25-35 miles in a day with appropriate food, water, and ideal conditions.

      Galloping at top speed (25-30 miles per hour) an average horse will only last about two miles. At a trot (8 to 12 miles) a horse will last for 20 miles before it tires out and needs rest.

      These numbers can give an idea about travel, sending messages, and governing large empires in ancient times.

    1. In treating each empire, it asks three questions fundamental to understanding any empire in any era: First, how and why did this empire come into being? Was it the creation of one man’s genius and leadership, or did it arise out of broader forces? What is the story of its emergence? What opposition did it face, and how did it overcome that opposition? Second, how was this empire governed and defended? What was the relationship between its rulers and their subjects? How was it taxed? How was its army organized, equipped, and commanded? What threats did it face, and how did it confront them? And third, how and why did this empire fall? Was its decline sudden or prolonged? What factors led to its decline and fall? Did it fall due to internal decay, outside attack, or both? And how did the story of its collapse unfold?



  4. Feb 2020
    1. Government bodies also tend to be more limited in their capacity to expand if successful, and are usually protected from failure if they perform poorly.

      They can expand in different ways however. Think about the expansion of empires of Egypt, Rome, and the Mongols in the 12th Century. What caused them to cease growing and decrease? What allowed them to keep increasing?