6 thoughts on “Ivan Aivazovsky, naval painter”

  1. I wonder what would happen if the stories linked to the Battle of Navarino were even loosely known among U.S. voters. How would “dialogue” change with the recognition of the existence of concepts such as dhimi (non-citizen = instantly revocable rights servanthood of all not Muslim), jizya (arbitrary tax rates on all not Muslim), devsumi (1/5 of infant male children of non-Muslims snatched from families to become brain-washed military arm)?

    Ironies abound.

    One military irony: The Muslim siege of Vienna about a century and half before Navarino would have succeeded (and Europe probably become Muslim) had the Muslim military engineers not failed to cope with mud. The Muslim army had cannon which Vienna did not. Wasn’t chivalrous (yet, heh) to use cannon. But the transport of the Muslim cannon faltered because of mud. (Logistics observation common to another thread at Chicagoboyz). Then, ironically, at Navarino the forces joined against the Muslim alliance at Navarino had the better cannon. The Muslim forces not only had not improved their once decisive monopoly, the cannon they had were second-hand gotten from the (at this battle) enemies who had improved their own armament.

  2. Oops. What I had in mind was not the Battle of Vienna (Muslim attack in 1683), but the Siege of Vienna (Muslim attack in 1529). Means not century an half, but three centuries before Navarino.

  3. The Turkish Empire never stagnated fatally. It was attacked by three great powers, fought very hard, and only ended because of external attack. If the Ottomans had cut a deal with the Entente powers, it might still exist.

  4. Thanks for the picture, Michael. I don’t think that the USA has ever been stagnating, when compared to any other country, though.

    Well, the term ‘fatally’ might be inappropriate, Lex. On the other hand, it wasn’t a first-rate power anymore. It was on the defensive and declining in . I think that somebody would ended it sooner or later, if not the Entente, then somebody else.

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