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    Quote Originally Posted by pianoman11686 View Post
    To me, Budapest was much like Vienna, except more dirty, more labyrinthine, more vibrant, and more chaotic.
    Like Florence, it's getting more diverse.

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    Bravo! I really enjoy these posts (first the one on Gothic Colleges and this one on Budapest). Reminds me of a great college professor who would give two hour slide-lectures on a certain subject in history.

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    I'm telling you, Ablarc, these posts need to be published more widely.

    Excellent.

    Really excellent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pianoman11686 View Post
    ^Hidden Paris is probably a good way to put it.
    In more ways than one.

    Ablarc ... when was the last time you visited?
    Last century.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RandySavage View Post
    Bravo! I really enjoy these posts (first the one on Gothic Colleges and this one on Budapest). Reminds me of a great college professor who would give two hour slide-lectures on a certain subject in history.
    I must have missed the one on Gothic Colleges.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pianoman11686 View Post
    I must have missed the one on Gothic Colleges.
    Your Alma Mater appears in it, of course. http://www.wirednewyork.com/forum/sh...t=14869&page=1

    Keep scrolling.

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    A tour-de-force, as usual. You should be at a university.

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    ^ No way! He needs to move here and fix up Coney Island.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ablarc View Post
    Your Alma Mater appears in it, of course.
    Not yet, it isn't. Still have one semester to go.

    Keep scrolling.
    Looks like another incredible thread. As czsz said, par for the course.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pianoman11686 View Post
    Still have one semester to go.
    What then?

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    Quote Originally Posted by czsz View Post
    You should be at a university.
    Been there, done that.

    I know you're a history buff. Is that what you're getting a degree in?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ablarc View Post
    What then?
    As of now, I've tentatively agreed to go to work for a bank. (In New York, of course. )

    One of my roommates and I are also in the process of writing a business plan for a new company that we would be thrilled to start after graduation (but at this point, it's a big "if").

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    I had hoped with this post to provoke a debate about the mechanisms of history. That never materialized.

    So I'll just point out:

    1. All conditions were in place for a communist revolution, yet the only revolution that occurred was against communism.

    2. Instead, on both occasions the communists took over the government, it was by force of arms over an unwilling populace.

    So much for historical inevitability.

    3. The pivotal event that unleashed the latent forces of the Twentieth Century almost didn't take place. It was repeatedly botched and pulled off by accident.

    You could say Twentieth Century and subsequent history was the outcome of chance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ablarc View Post
    history was the outcome of chance.
    Or was it?.....

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    Oh, the interplay between immediate decisions and macrohistorical forces is an endless circular historiographical debate. The first half of the 20th century has been studied in such minute detail that it's almost impossible not to say exactly what decisions led to what outcomes. Yet, a broader perspective makes it seem more inevitable that quite a bit of what happened would have in some form or another. It's difficult to make the latter claim from the perspective of Budapest, which is telling for any analysis of the way people acted on the scene. The concerns of the people who have lived there have always been more provincial than those emanating from London, Berlin, or Moscow.

    So, to answer ablarc's question:

    I know you're a history buff. Is that what you're getting a degree in?
    Yes, I did, and now I'm in law, which is...just not the same. Insufferably tedious by comparison.

    Been there, done that.
    So you taught? What caused you to depart?

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