Further about the early, high, late thing, it would be awfully strange to call the height of the middle ages the middle middle ages.
That is high, as in peak or summit. Was the middle of the Middle Ages really its peak?It's a reference to the way the sun appears to move across the sky, same reason we call it 'high' noon.
There are some neat ideas in there! Putting in research without knowing what the research might give you.maybe we could have our own dark ages.... where tech tree disappears and we grope to battle with mystic and religious powers only for whole swathes of cities to be decimated by hordes of mongols... (actually I know a few guilds like that)
This common mis-use of the word 'decimated' often pisses me off. The distortion of language due to illiteracy or the desire to exaggerate everything dismays me....and on that point... why do we use decimated this way... Originally it was a punishment for the Roman Legions - 1 in 10 would be selected for punishment/execution so it originally meant reduce by 10% but now we mean the opposite - to only leave 10%...
11% is an awfully big number. Sounds like a spot of hyperbole.I heard recently that the Mongol empire building reduced the global population by 11%, killing more people than ****** and Stalin combined.
I think it depends on which figure you take. On a quick search, I see estimates ranging from 1.5 million deaths to over 40 million deaths.
I just meant that even at a possibly inflated figure of 60 million killed in ww2 ... it's still only 3% of global population. 11% killed due to Mongol "effects" may well be a little extreme.I think it depends on which figure you take. On a quick search, I see estimates ranging from 1.5 million deaths to over 40 million deaths.
I have even seen figures for WW2 deaths that included those who died of old age while the war was going on: clearly nothing to do with being involved in the global conflict.
I've heard that stated before but I think it is very questionable. American Indian tribes at war with the European casualties had fighters distinct from civilians yet the civilians were heavily involved in the manufacture of weapons and other war supplies and as casualties. The Zulus were similar in arrangement, with mining, smelting, wood-treating and other war productions being a prime concern of the civilian population as they fought for survival. The Zulus, too, were subjected to extinction attempts that involved many civilians as casualties. The Babylonian legal system might well have been formed just to handle the arrangements between its standing army's needs to orotect civilians and the civilians' duty to supply the army with what it needed.WWII was the first war where citizens were both massively involved in production and as casualties.
I can't imagine that WW1 relied any less on huge industrial support than WW2 ... but fewer citizens were caught in the crossfire (the war was more static and aerial bombing was very slight).WW2 was different only in that mass production of relatively complex war machinery was fairly standard, though the same might be said of WW1, by which time countries like Britain, France and Germany had well-developed industrial economies.