Why is the Thirty Years War Relevant Today?

The Thirty Years War most often thought to be just a war between the Protestants and Catholics, was in actuality a devastation for a large part of Central Europe. It was composed of a series of smaller wars between the Holy Roman Empire and neighboring Sweden, France and Spain. It lead to an unimaginable devastation to German people( The Holy Roman Empire). I’ll put the devastation in comprehensible terms, According to Historytoday.com the average rural area lost 40% of its inhabitants, while the average city lost a third of its population. Their of course are some outlying cases such as Magdeburg, where a reported population of 35,000 in the 1618 census was reduced to a population of 2,464 in the 1644 census. For Germany this is one of the most devastating wars in their history, but why is that relevant to us the average american whom doesn’t really put much value of which wars another country finds the most devastating, ours will most likely always be the American Civil War, but that’s besides the point.  One of the real way in which it continues to affect our everyday life, was created in the Treaty of Westphalia, the peace making process in the Thirty Years War. 
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    The peace conference from which the treaty was made was composed of delegates representing no less than 194 states. It was the birth place of Westphalian Diplomacy which was heavily used post WW1 and WW2. It continued the soldiers transition from the once mythic pursuit of kleos to the lust for victory culminating in the modern hope for a favorable peace. The Thirty Years War therefore changed the face of warfare, therefore changing our lives for the foreseeable warring future. 
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Broke ass college students

Modern culture loves to publicize just how broke it means to be a college student. However society seems to contradict it’s self, claiming that most students skate through college by the goodwill of their parents back pockets, so their paradox begs the question why do students receive such a reputation?

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According to The Huffington Post only twenty-two percent of the tuition paid is done so by the parents, they claim “the only expense that parents are more likely to cover is student’s monthly cellphone bills.” Now that doesn’t mean that the other seventy eight percent is covered by the students, as the majority of the remaining tuition is covered through some form of gift aid be it through a need based financial aid or through scholarships. According to City Data eighty percent of students received some form of aid, but that statistic includes those whom only qualify for work study or just menial figures when compared to the seeming incomprehensible cost of college student.  Where does that leave the rest of the financial burden, it is dropped on the students. I know at least for my case that I expect to pay for the entirety of my schooling tuition and expenses included, however I do so with the help of financial aid. I am glad to do so, as it is shown in the New York Times study that those students whom contribute to their college expenses have more motivation for schooling and often have a higher GPA as a result of this investment. However, in the efforts to pay their way through college not only will these students be highly motivated as it is their money at risk they’ll also be, let’s just says ‘short on cash’. You might be asking yourself how this relates to war and fighting. War can be seen as the life or death choices that must be made in the light of one’s own mortality, so how doesn’t poverty relate. It all comes down to choices: do I eat or pay the rent? Ultimately  it all comes down to the reality that your choice is completely up to you. I wish you to never have to take part in the battle of poverty.

But if you do…

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Humanities…? is it really how I think it is?

    It has only been about two weeks and I find myself in an unfamiliar situation, and no I don’t mean the huge campus of UCI. I don’t mean the fact that I like all the other freshman occasionally still walk around with my phone out letting zotfinder lead me to the safety of my next class. It is unnerving, not knowing exactly where to go, but that’s not what I mean by different. On a much smaller scale I was just as lost navigating my high school the first few days, but there I had concrete assumptions on what life was. I was not always right but I knew facts and details that supported my view of how the world worked. Here was different, it was here that I was introduced to the humanities.                                                                                                                       I had always thought down on those who go to college for a liberal arts degree. I enjoyed making such comments as that “the best possible job one can get from a liberal arts degree is a barista at your local Starbucks.” I would then sarcastically add that “I hope they had fun in college because the rest of their life is going to be shit.” Maybe it was because they were artistically talented, and I was always told my writing was sub-par and all my attempts at the visual arts lead to awkward images and intense frustration.                                                                                                                 I didn’t realize how efficient they’re way of viewing the world was, instead of taking facts and creating new evidence to support those facts like the approach so many take to life, myself included. However those who study and research the humaniimages (1)ties aren’t bound to prove ‘universal truths,’ they are free to raise questions that cause society to question their assumptions leading to an expansion on what it means to be a human in this day and age. So why can they learn and such an abstract way, where the rest of the world works like a far more linear function. This is the point where I know for certain I cannot answer the question, maybe it’s because human life is complex and undefinable, which means no one approach can work and no one solution is applicable. Their is always the possibility that the questions that arise in the study of the humanities are not meant to be answered. This leads to my new found respect for the study of humanities, and my excitement on getting to get more than just a taste of what it means to be human.