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May
13
comment What is this strange uniform?
I meant "custom job" - i.e. bespoke pants with a uniform coat.
May
12
comment What is this strange uniform?
Are you sure it's a "uniform"? Looks like a custom jobbie pants with regular uniform coat to me.
Feb
9
comment Isn't there any positive legacy of the Mongolian occupation in Russia?
+1 for including the reference and translation.
Feb
9
comment Isn't there any positive legacy of the Mongolian occupation in Russia?
-1 due to lack of capitalization and/or linked references.
Sep
28
comment Any notable battles fought with steel vs. bronze weapons?
However, that said, if you'd be willing to expand on your answer, I'd accept it. Particularly in context of Charles' Aug 31 quote.
Sep
28
comment Any notable battles fought with steel vs. bronze weapons?
Maybe; it's certainly an example where one army had iron/steel, the other bronze. But while it was an intensive (though indecisive) battle, it sounds like it was more of a chariot battle and it's unclear what role if any the weapon metals made.
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
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
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. ;-)
Jul
25
comment What would be the problem if Turkey admits Armenian Massacre?
This seems rather more a political question than historical...
Jul
16
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
16
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...
Jul
16
comment What made Alexander great?
Could you clarify the third point? I don't understand what you mean by "like cameo"?
Jul
12
comment Have fair-skinned peoples ever been the lower/oppressed class?
@T.E.D., perhaps ironically, the word "Robot" originated from "rabota" which is Slavic for slave. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robot#Etymology