Monday, November 29, 2010 4:57:34 AM
@Angilion Yes, but your getting mixed up. Military success does not necessarily mean a large empire. Of course, it does have an effect, but I assume that the British invested more time and resources into exploring and discovering new lands. If France had attempted to take all of the land off the Brits had claimed, and lost, then they probably would not be the most successful. The point is, I'm going by the numbers. By the losses and the wins in the battle, and by the NUMBER of battles, France comes out in top. According to Historian Niall Ferguson, out of the 125 major European wars, the French have participated in 50, more than Austria (47) and England (43). They have a nice average too, out of 168 battles fought (since 387B.C.), they have won 109, lost 49, drawn ten. But no, the Mongols don`t technically enter the period of history historians define as European history, as their empire spanned the 13th and 14th centuries, while the wars counted in European history
Monday, November 29, 2010 4:26:01 AM
@Vanadil Well, we all have to get our facts from somewhere, is QI not a reliable source? I'm not claiming this is my own research. I`ve also read Niall Ferguson`s work, if that helps.
Either way QI book of Ignorance volume 2, Best book I`ve ever owned.
Monday, November 29, 2010 3:39:58 AM
"Sunday, November 28, 2010 5:37:06 AM @Angilion Fool me once, shame on me, fool me twice, shame on you. France has the best military record in Europe. The French have fought twice as many military campaigns than any other European nation, and won twice as many battles as they have lost. Us Brits (I'm british FYI), Liked to pride ourselves as the superior power at sea, but only because we knew we couldn`t win a war on the European continent. The French army has, for most of history, been the largest, best equipped and the most strategically innovative in Europe. I see now how important the `in EUROPEAN history` part was. My bad."