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Sep
20
revised Is the “Katyusha” scene from Deer Hunter historically accurate?
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Sep
20
answered Is the “Katyusha” scene from Deer Hunter historically accurate?
Sep
19
comment Why was Africa colonized last of the continents in the Age of Discovery?
@Guy F-W, that's an interesting point, although my understanding of the conquistadors is that they were drawn from a range of nationalities, and were essentially private mercenary enterprises, and would have signed on with whomever was paying. Had Columbus somehow won over King John II, I could easily imagine Portuguese Conquistadors (still comprised of a mix of nationalities) as the ones taking on the Incas and Aztecs.
Sep
19
revised Why was Africa colonized last of the continents in the Age of Discovery?
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Sep
16
answered Did Native Americans ever fight the indigenous people living in Mexico before Europeans arrived?
Sep
16
comment Did Native Americans ever fight the indigenous people living in Mexico before Europeans arrived?
I should add there is reasonable information about the history of the Aztecs because the Spanish recorded their oral records after conquest and we have pictogram written data as well, but the data from the pre-Columbus period of North American tribes is a lot more sketchy and mainly just archaeological. So, while we can say what the Aztecs did and didn't do with some level of certainty, we have a lot less clue what might have been happening at the Mexico/USA border in pre-historical times.
Sep
16
comment Did Native Americans ever fight the indigenous people living in Mexico before Europeans arrived?
Not quite. All of the pre-Columbian peoples in North, Central, and South America could be called Native Americans. The Indigenous people of Mexico certainly did fight one another, so "Native Americans" did definitely fight with the "Indigenous people of Mexico". But I would say that the Aztecs almost certainly did not fight any of the North American tribes (north of the current Mexican border), because the logistics were beyond their capabilities.
Sep
15
answered Did Native Americans ever fight the indigenous people living in Mexico before Europeans arrived?
Sep
15
comment When and how did the idea of a “class-less” society originate in the United States?
Upvoted. John's point that segregation (and slavery before it) is certainly a legitimate class structure.
Sep
15
comment What role did the space race play in reducing the nuclear threat during the 1960s?
Also, the statement that the effort put into the Moon race was useless for our civilization is arguable. Satellite communications was an offshoot of the space program which has had undeniable effects on civilization the past 50 years.
Sep
15
comment What role did the space race play in reducing the nuclear threat during the 1960s?
You need to supply a citation supporting the statement that the purpose of manned exploration of the moon was colonization; to my knowledge there was no such stated purpose, although certainly many visionaries wished it were so.
Sep
15
comment Madness in the early modern era (pre-enlightenment, Habsburg monarchy)
A huge amount of study has been done on the topic of causes of schizophrenia. Jaynes references a number of studies, and the Wikipedia page has tons more, and head trauma or extreme stress has been correlated to the cause in many instances. Intriguingly, psychologists have also found a very strong correlation between urban living, but don't understand why. It seems to lends weight to Jaynes theory; maybe as people started gathering into urban groups, they just started making each other crazy. Like rats packed too closely. ;-)
Sep
14
answered Madness in the early modern era (pre-enlightenment, Habsburg monarchy)
Sep
13
revised Is there a student of Arnold J Toynbee with an opinion aabout the state and fate of Western Civilization?
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Sep
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answered Is there a student of Arnold J Toynbee with an opinion aabout the state and fate of Western Civilization?
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revised Why was Africa colonized last of the continents in the Age of Discovery?
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reviewed Approve suggested edit on What made Alexander great?
Jul
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answered Castaways rescued by a message in a bottle?
Jul
25
comment What would be the problem if Turkey admits Armenian Massacre?
This seems rather more a political question than historical...