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The history of history

Updated on February 4, 2011

Author: W. K. Hayes

The History of History

Well, I just learned a new lesson today. I was posting articles about the, Middle Ages in regards to the militaries and civilizations about those time periods. Ultimately, the articles came from, my research on the subjects since, I love learning new things about ancient weapons technology and military tactics.

I think the speed of light would have been slower in comparison as to how fast my articles were listed as being material already posted. I am happy that I am not the only one that takes a huge interest in this subject material but I am bummed out that my research results cannot be shared on Hubpages. Oh well, I guess it does not matter who the information came from so long as it is there for others to make use out of.

Ancient weapons technology is an incredible thing. For example, the Romans had built a Repeating Ballista that was capable of firing spears for as long as spears were, fed into the contraption. Even more so, they would make spears from thin copper shafts so that, when the spear hit the enemy, the shaft would bend, and in turn, would keep the enemy from throwing the shafts back at them.

Ultimately, weapons design originated from the necessity to hunt food versus war. It was only in the event of war, that these hunting tools would come into play. As war became more and more commonplace, more and more focuses was, put into the designing weapons.

Did you know that during the Dark Ages, enemies would tunnel beneath the castle walls and induce poison into the water supply? For them, it was easier to defeat their enemy with poison than in actual battle.

Another tactic that was, used, and is still used, to this day, was siege operations. Today, we call them sanctions but the principal is the same. Attackers would cut off all food and water supplies to a fortified castle or city and simply wait until the enemy surrendered from hunger and thirst.

The reason I enjoy learning about the military of the past is simple, war mocks human evolution. Humans have been on this planet for at least six or seven thousand years and we have not improved as species in any way. Technology is not evolution. A way of thinking is. Seven thousand years and people still fight and kill one sad and pathetic is that?

Maybe, one day people will realize that the existance of the human race is very fragile and will focus more on our survival as a species and less on finding new ways to kill each other.


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    • W. K. Hayes profile imageAUTHOR

      Warren Keith Hayes 

      7 years ago from Bryson City, North Carolina

      The History of History is a metaphor for the things we have learned in life. When I wrote this, I wanted to capture the very moment the article was written as a reminder of the frustrations that go with writing while, logging my own personal history.

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      7 years ago from San Diego

      What an Awesome Title to this! It really drew me in!


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