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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
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answered Madness in the early modern era (pre-enlightenment, Habsburg monarchy)
Sep
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revised Is there an Arnold J Toynbee student to say about the state and fate of Western Civilization?
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answered Is there an Arnold J Toynbee student to say about 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
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comment What would be the problem if Turkey admits Armenian Massacre?
This seems rather more a political question than historical...
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Jul
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revised Which historical figures are remembered for actions contradictory to their intentions?
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answered Which historical figures are remembered for actions contradictory to their intentions?
Jul
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comment What made Alexander great?
This theory argues it was something intrinsic in Alexander that enabled the conquest to occur.
Jul
16
comment What made Alexander great?
This makes a good presentation of the theory that Alexander's success was due to having a superior weapon (the pike) against a opponent (the Persians) lacking that technical development. This would argue that the Persians were basically doomed at this point and that anyone could have knocked them over; Macedonia just happened to be the one state with the ability to do it. If there was another sufficiently militaristic nation on Persia's borders, they could have achieved the same.
Jul
16
comment What made Alexander great?
I like it. This theory argues that the Greek armies were superior to Persia's armies, but it required the political alignment and unification of Philip's Macedonia to enable the conquest. So Alexander in this view was simply the right man in the right situation, if Philip had another son he could have done as well as Alexander.
Jul
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comment What made Alexander great?
That's a very interesting comparison of Alexander to Rome. The Roman army certainly was a force to be reckoned with, although at times it was better than others. For instance, they were repeatedly defeated by Hannibal, which makes me wonder how Hannibal and Alexander would compare...