“Man, despite his artistic pretensions, his sophistication and many accomplishments, owes the fact of his existence to a six-inch layer of topsoil and the fact that it rains.”

-Anonymous, often attributed to John Jeavons

 

The Great Depression, in and of itself, was terri...

Conventional wisdom (or the opinions and beliefs that are generally accepted by most people in a population) is a powerful force in society.  Even if you are someone who scrupulously avoids popular culture, you will still absorb conventional wisdom over time.  As a res...

You’ve made it all the way to the last part of the World War I series.  Well done, you! We’re going to finish up with an examination of U-Boats and airplanes, and then pull together everything we’ve learned into a single hypothesis.

 

U-boats

 

The history of submersible d...

I ended the most recent blog post by stating that World War I was a 19th century war fought with 20th century technology, and that is where we must start this week.  In regards to the first half of that statement: we’ve already discussed a bit about the rules of warfar...

It may sound like a cliché, but going forward, it is vitally important that you understand the following: the world was a very different place in 1914.  All of Africa, save Ethiopia, was owned by colonial powers, Russia was still a monarchy, the United States was in th...

I’m going to start today’s blog post with a somewhat bold statement: our society tends to ignore World War I in favor of World War II.  This premise would honestly be better served by a full-length academic paper with heaps of evidence cited than by a blog post, but I...

There are topics and questions in life that have correct answers.  If you multiply seven by eight, for example, you should get fifty-six every time; if someone asks you what you get when you combine two hydrogen atoms with a single oxygen atom, the answer will always b...

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