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mieudiary:

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thecrazygirlwhodraws:

Quote from ‘The Dark Knight Rises’

I should be doing my homework instead of this. It relates to askalfredthejusticebreaker so- :’3c

hindre:

Ohhh no 2Spooky~

stirringwind:

Our Father art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Your kingdom come, thy will be done. 

In 1572, the Spanish finally successfully put down remaining resistance to complete their conquest of the Inca Empire, now modern-day Peru. Even by the poor standards of colonisation, in my opinion Spanish conquest and subsequent colonial rule was exceedingly brutal. The Spanish sought to execute the last Inca emperor, Atahualpa, by burning- which was especially cruel because the Inca believed a person whose body was burned could not move on to the afterlife. They gave him the choice to die by a different means if he agreed to convert. He did, and was garrotted.

The spreading of Catholicism was a major part of the conquest- they were not content to seize Inca gold. In many places, it was literally conversion at the point of the sword.The irony is really grotesque- thousands of Inca women were raped or forced to marry Spanish men- technically, becoming vassals was ‘voluntary’- but if you didn’t, you’d likely be killed. Many Inca died also because of the diseases the Spanish introduced, for which they had no immunity. I’m not surprised if the conquistadors felt their victories were divinely ordained. Ultimately, the way emperor Atahualpa died to me seems a perfect metaphor for what the Spanish did- they destroyed an entire culture and civilisation, not just through killing, but through a kind of cultural genocide. Also, I eventually want to draw the personification of the Mesoamerican cultures, but this piece was intended to focus on Antonio.

yukiharus:

hey, if you’re a mutual don’t ignore this

stop reblogging reposts of artist’s works. stop reblogging reprints from pixiv, drawr, twitter, etc. regardless of whether there is a source or not. not all artists want their artwork to be shared in public without their knowledge. it can range from many different reasons: they may be anxious that you can be making fun of them, anxious that you may be making a profit out of their art. it may be because it is just plain disrespectful or they may be shy about it.

if you asked permission to post, put that in the description with proof. if they stated on their pixiv or other site that it is okay to repost then put that in the description. heck, even try to find the artist’s tumblr if they have one!

stop reposting, stop reblogging reposts and start reblogging from the artist’s tumblr instead to show respect. ask permission to repost to show respect. artists have deleted their pixivs, drawrs, specific pieces of their artwork because of reposts. don’t let this continue happening.

stirringwind:

Spoils 

More conquistador!Spain- and if this picture looks, similar, it’s because it was actually one of my sketch plans for 1572. But I really liked this pose with the battle axe, so I decided to add on to it and post it. (I really, really want to draw the Mesoamerican civilisations themselves, but I need to research their designs a bit more.)

Antonio is wearing plundered Aztec gold, and the cloak draped over his shoulder is very loosely based off what the last Aztec emperor, Moctezuma II, was portrayed wearing in a painting. You know how it’s disrespectful when people casually wear ceremonial Native American headdresses to Halloween parties when they are actually full of weighty symbolism and meaning to Native Americans? The act of seizing and wearing something of one culture, or of one’s foes, can essentially be an act of power and domination. Similarly, the way Antonio has loosely draped all that exquisite gold jewellery all over himself is supposed to be distasteful- he’s wearing them as trophies of an entire culture and civilisation he has vanquished. 

stirringwind:

of beginnings and ends

1572- Completion of Spanish conquest of the Inca Empire

1773- The Boston Tea Party, growing ties with British North America and Imperial Russia

1861- The American Civil War

1940- Signing of the Tripartite Pact between the Axis Powers

1941- Operation Barbarossa- Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union

1950- The beginnings of the Cold War- the fossilisation of the divide between East and West Germany

1991- The collapse of the Soviet Union

I was just messing around with gifs (i wanted to see how the super-saturated colours looked?) and so I decided to do a compilation of the historical hetalia series I’ve made in the past ^^ I don’t mean for it to be too US or Euro-centric- it’s just the main stuff from the series I’ve drawn so far where I coloured the pages in more detail.

chevalierviolet:

" For Japan, the battle of Midway was indeed a tragic defeat. The Japanese Combined Fleet, placing its faith in ‘quality rather than quantity had long trained and prepared to defeat a numerically superior enemy. Yet at Midway, a stronger Japanese force went down to defeat before a weaker enemy.

… With Midway as the turning point, the fortunes of war appeared definitely to shift from our own to the Allied side. The defeat taught us many lessons and impelled our navy, for the first time since the outbreak of war, to indulge in critical self-examination.”

- Mitsuo Fuchida (led the air strike against Pearl Harbor, was aboard the aircraft carrier Akagi during the battle of Midway)

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" They had no right to win. And yet they did, and in doing so, they changed the course of a war."

- Walter Lord, Author 

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The Battle of Midway in the Pacific Theater of Operations was one of the most important naval battles of World War II. Between 4 and 7 June 1942, only six months after Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor, and one month after the Battle of the Coral Sea, the United States Navy (USN), under Admirals Chester W. Nimitz, Frank Jack Fletcher, and Raymond A. Spruance decisively defeated an attack by the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN), under Admirals Isoroku Yamamoto, Chuichi Nagumo, and Nobutake Kondo on Midway Atoll, inflicting irreparable damage on the Japanese fleet. Military historian John Keegan called it “the most stunning and decisive blow in the history of naval warfare.” It was Japan’s first naval defeat since the Battle of Shimonoseki Straits in 1863.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Midway

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