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Jul
23
comment What made Alexander great?
I'm marking this the accepted answer because it analyzes Alexander himself and that much of the success he had was due to the specific leadership role he filled, at a time when a strong autocratic leader with a good army could take advantage of a lot of weakness. He was partly constrained by the resources/army/tactics on hand, but showed resourcefulness to be adaptable.
Apr
22
comment How did Americans' hatred of taxes shape the country up through the Gilded Age?
Give me a chance to write, sheesh.
Apr
22
comment How did Americans' hatred of taxes shape the country up through the Gilded Age?
Admittedly I didn't review the entire article before linking the subsection, and you're right that the larger section seems to be an essay pushing the premise that economics including tariffs did not cause the civil war. But I think the fact they have to make that argument demonstrates my point that tariffs were indeed a primary issue of the time.
Apr
21
comment Did Mountbatten favour India in partition of India-Pakistan?
Hi Mallikarjun, welcome to the site! Some linked references to support your answer could help make it better. A quote from Mountbatten would be even better.
Feb
18
comment What buildings could be found in the inner ward of a castle?
The second picture is a reconstruction of Carisbrooke Castle on the Isle of Wight that I found on Wikipedia. The motte and bailey castle was built in the 11th century; this reconstruction depicts the 14th. The fields may merely be artistic license; I can find no references indicating they farmed inside the walls. The area is a garden today, see gardenvisit.com/garden/princess_beatrice_garden
Jan
6
comment Historical use of alcohol as a source of clean water
Yes, this is what I've heard elsewhere; plain water was considered impure as a beverage, with watered down beer and wine being preferred. But that leaves a bit of a question - if the water source was so contaminated, what were they watering the wine and beer down with, that it didn't get contaminated in turn?
Nov
26
comment Is there a student of Arnold J Toynbee with an opinion about the state and fate of Western Civilization?
Of perhaps no relevance, but at least interesting to note is that later in his life, Quigley's research focused more heavily on secret societies, to the degree that he's a heavily used source for various conspiracy theorists.
Nov
26
comment Is there a student of Arnold J Toynbee with an opinion about the state and fate of Western Civilization?
As I alluded to in the post, I've tried to wrap my brain around current events using Quigley's divisions and as you say, it just isn't so simple. Also, there is strong prejudice towards Western Civilization over other cultures and other times, which is almost certainly being overvalued.
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.