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history Warfare

Did the USSR Defeat Germany Because of or In Spite of Stalin?

Stalin’s purges of officers in the Soviet military destroyed its experienced leadership, a failing which became all too clear in the war with Finland.  Worse Stalin ignored numerous warnings that Germany was about to attack.  To cap it off, Stalin had a mental breakdown when the Nazi attack finally came, leaving the nation without sure leadership for days at the most critical time.
On the other hand:
Could the Soviet Union have pulled together the single minded ability and organization to fight back without an autocrat like Stalin in power?

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gaming history philosophy

Wasn’t Hegel A Nazi?

Yes, I know that’s a dumb question since he lived long before the Nazis. Yet the fact that it’s listed in this Hegel FAQ site tells us how greatly Hegel has been vilified and perhaps misunderstood.
The FAQ breaks down Hegel’s actual beliefs so we can decide for ourselves whether his influence was for good or ill.

Certainly Sid Meier’s Civilization games, the Age of Empires series, all manner of computer strategy games make heavy use of Hegelian concepts in describing the progression of history.

Hegel