Re: look out! long-haired gun loon!

Dwayne (
Sun, 21 Dec 1997 18:27:53 +1100 (EST)


> Dwayne wrote:
> >
> > > It's amazing how the Cold War, the nuclear era, was one of the most
> > > peaceful periods in Europe's entire history. It still is peaceful,
> > > apart from some fringe areas like Yugoslavia that don't have anything
> > > more advanced than primitive artillery, and a bad distribution of guns.
> >
> > I think that phrase should read "was one of the most peaceful periods in
> > Europes entire history *since the Roman Empire*. Peaceful periods in
> > Europe tend to not last a generation, Europe was at peace for quite a bit
> > longer than that in the first couple of centuries AD.
> >
> I don't know if we know enough about martial conditions at that time to
> develop a good opinion.

What makes you think we don't know enough about the martial condition of
the later Roman Empire?

> Of course, I would still think that it is
> entirely possible, as the ROman's combat tactics allowed them to
> overpower the less well developed people's of Europe, and technologies
> like advanced steel, architecture, etc were state and guild secrets.

Most of Europe, well at least the bit around the Mediterranean Basin, was
part of the largest empire between the Atlantic and China. It stands to
reason that -within- said empire it would be rather peaceful, doesn't it?