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 Important Events in History. (23)

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Important Events in History.

This is really just an opinion poll of which events people think are important in the shaping of the world we have today.

1) If you are introducing an event please set it out with the name of the event and a small paragraph on why you think it changed the course of history

2) if you agree that an event which someone has suggested was important please upvote it, you may choose to support the argument and add more evidence to it.

3) if you disagree with someone's event and you think it wasn't that crucial to reult of civilization we have today, you may wish to downvote it. If you do downvote an arguemnt, please dispute it as well so that the person who originally wrote it has a chance to redeem themselves. 

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The Destruction of the Library of Alexandria.

The library of Alexandria was the largest written collection of human knowledge anywhere during antiquity. It's destruction set back the western world several hundred years and largely contributed to the Dark Ages.

Im quite envious i didn't think of this first, its an excellent example, and one i couldn't agree more with.

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I recently learned, that the event would be the equivalent of the U.S president ordering the destruction of the Washington Archives, the U.S National Gallery and the entire Smithsonian institute.

This also lead me to think tat if the Library of Alexandria remained, when Egypt became a colony of the British Empire, the geographical maps of key resources all around the Mediteranean and North Africa would have given the British a huge monopoly on trade.

The invention of the Internet...., especially Google.

The world hasn't been the same since. I mean, think about how hard it used to get just looking for porn. I'm almost willing to bet that the Library of Alexandria didn't have that great of a collection of porn and that's why they torched it to the ground ;)

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The dropping of the atomic bomb. It made war impersonal and everything after that impersonal as well. Businesses set out to make huge profits without the taking into account people and environment. People became expendable at work, home, etc. Asbestos, lead, etc. dumped on the public and the world. Profit at any price. The turning point of the USA's business and personal ethics.

The Internet is about as impersonal as one can get. Compassion lost to greed.

Side: Atomic bomb
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The atomic bomb dropping also showed us how destructive mankind had got, to the level that we could waste whole cities at the push of a button. This also has forced us to realise that war shouldn't be used to solve problems in the modern day.

Side: Atomic bomb
3 points

Invention of the plow.

The invention of the plow made large scale agriculture possible. It marked the transition from nomadic hunter-gatherer societies to settled agrarian societies which allowed civilization to flourish and prosper. It is arguably one of the most important inventions of all time.

Side: Atomic bomb
1 point

I knew I should have chimed in earlier. You beat me to the punch, but I'm quite okay with that.

Side: Atomic bomb
2 points

End of the Roman Empire.

If this had not happened all of Europe would have remained in the control of 1 city, chances are the colonial boom of European countries that resulted in huge dominating empires, might not have happened at all. Thus many of the developing nations that benifited by the advanced technology brought be explorers and settlers, might have not had the advanced science they have today.

Side: End of the Roman Empire

Gun powder.

There are just a few types of problems that you cannot solve with a little gun powder. Sometimes it requires a lot of gun powder, but still. ;)

Side: End of the Roman Empire

The most important event in history was obviously the birth of the greatest economist, Ludwig von Mises, who was born September 29th 1881. The second greatest event was the publication of his book, Human Action in 1949. Well, he had books before that, but this is his best.

Side: Ludwig von Mises
2 points

I would have to say it's a toss up between the discovery of the "New World", British colonization and subsequent secession from Britain and the great republican experiment.

Prior to the colonist's secession from Britain we didn't really have our eyes set on westward expansion as Britain had no interest in the New World other than the exploitation of its natural resources. Our secession allowed for us to create our own form of government which ultimately lead to western expansion and a completion of mapping the earth.

Side: Discovery of the New World

End of the Roman Empire

Had the Roman Empire succeeded in fending back the tribes then a great deal would have changed. literature we have present day would not exist due to what was needed for its inspiration not existing. Architectural achievements may or may not have come about. Hear of the man made island in Dubai? More likely than not architecture would not have advanced and such things would not have been made at least not in that way. Technology...anyone who so desperately holds onto their tech would not have said items. Anything American made technology wise would probably not exist. I say this because I do not believe America would exist if the Roman Empire never fell, you should be able to discern why yourself.

Side: End of the Roman Empire
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I like the idea of this debate Ax.

Side: End of the Roman Empire
1 point

Your welcome, I got the idea from Robert Ingpen's and Philip Wilkinson's "Encyclopedia of World Events: 80 turning points in history" after reading this I felt that I disagreed with some of these events and thought that the effect they had on the world was exaggerated. So I created this debate to see which event people think is most important.

I'ld also like to thank you for your contribution to this debate.

Side: End of the Roman Empire

The day I came back from CD retirement.

If I hadn't come back this site may have actually gotten better ;)

Side: End of the Roman Empire
1 point

With the irreverence of your posts, I may have to agree with you.

Side: End of the Roman Empire
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Invention of the Telephone

First signs of instant communication.

Side: End of the Roman Empire

The day Joe Cavalry went head to head with Bouncing Betty in the cyber battle of the century.

http://www.createdebate.com/debate/show/Hey_joe_so_you_re_the_big_man_on_campus_ here_Do_you_measure_up_for_some_cyber

;)

Side: End of the Roman Empire
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The emergence of symbolic or image based language arts. History as we know it wouldn't exist without them. Knowledge couldn't be passed on from generation to generation anywhere near as effectively until we figured out ways to keep extrinsic records.

The list of important developments that hinge on our ability to keep records is staggering to say the least. And probably includes everything listed so far.

Side: use of symbols
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The American Revolutionary War.

It effectively ended Great Britain's time as a great empire and created the nation that has had a huge influence (whether bad or good) on the world since.

Side: use of symbols
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But do you believe it is a greater event than the Fall of Rome or The Atomic Bomb? Is the creation of America as it is today greater than a unified nation that could have effectively stopped many nations that have sprung up today from existing.

I am only asking as I would like to hear a bit more of your reasoning than the short sentence you posted.

Side: End of the Roman Empire
Axmeister(4317) Disputed
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The American Revolutionary war did very little too end the British Empire, the British still managed to maintain their empire nearly 200 years after the U.S rebelled. The real sign of Britain's colonial strength wavering was the Indian rebellion.

Side: End of the Roman Empire