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Nov
18
comment Why do people (governments) hang on to the idea of East and West?
I don't fully agree with the Christian concept as being that which ties the West together, although I don't have a better definition and I think you are far closer to the answer than Tom is. In some ways I think of this as part of the Byzantine split to East and West but I believe the thinking was in place before then, but I have no sources to back me up.
Nov
16
comment Why do people (governments) hang on to the idea of East and West?
I've heard the same from my wife's family (who are Chinese) and they may alternately refer to us as either direction but in general America they considered a Western nation. From the people who have come from China, when I have talked about this, is they look at Europe as the West and America as an extension of it. Chinese media, although it's hard to tell from translation, often refers to America as the West. It always confused me since we could be East as well, but it's just not used much.
Nov
16
comment Why do people (governments) hang on to the idea of East and West?
I think it's simpler than you are presenting, and basically that many of these terms are EuroCentric. So Asia is the Far East while Europe, and by extension America, is the West.
Nov
16
comment What was “Greek fire”?
@Noldorin: MythBusters did do something on this, as well as on Archimedes Death Ray, but they did little more than prove Greek Fire worked. Been awhile since I even saw it, and I am not sure I remember all of what they did or talked about.
Nov
16
comment What Were the Main Causes of World War One?
The assassination of Duke Ferdinand was the matchstick that lit the powderkeg, but it was NOT THE powderkeg. The issues that resulted in WWI were brewing for awhile. I think the title and the question are way too subjective for an actual answer.
Nov
15
revised What cultures have had a lasting effect on Sicilian culture?
Adding more linear history to the question and formulating the influences I am looking for
Nov
15
comment What cultures have had a lasting effect on Sicilian culture?
Already finding out more about who ruled, thanks guys. Were they all influences or are there some who are major influences? Question updated to reflect this.
Nov
15
asked What cultures have had a lasting effect on Sicilian culture?
Nov
14
comment How beneficial were war bonds to the US during WWII
I'd always seen the cartoons for this and the notes on buying bonds, but never gave consideration for what would happen after. The idea of one years wages of savings would definitely be an impact at the time, very nice.
Nov
14
comment How was the literacy rate of Americans impacted by the establishment of public schools?
Ok...after some time with this question I am downvoting until you can edit the question to note where you came up with this. "I've heard" what? From whom? I'd like a basis for this.
Nov
13
comment How was the literacy rate of Americans impacted by the establishment of public schools?
@Noldorin since he is mentioning American literacy he has to mean the American public educational system, which we just consider as public schools. State Schools generally means State Colleges in the US
Nov
12
comment How was the literacy rate of Americans impacted by the establishment of public schools?
Considering the stratification of the society up to the point where Public Education started the literacy rate was pretty low. Education was only for those who could afford it at that time. Potentially why they established public education in the first place, and even then it wasn't very comprehensive overall. The Federalization was more to generate standards, but I don't have sources available to go over that.
Nov
10
comment From where does the superstition about Friday the thirteenth originate?
Noted in the post...
Nov
10
revised From where does the superstition about Friday the thirteenth originate?
Noting why Friday's are bad
Nov
10
comment Were the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki necessary?
Very good explanation on a topic that could easily have devolved into lots of "theories". Nice job
Nov
9
comment What cultures did, or do, perform human sacrifice on a regular basis?
Exactly, but Sati is not really a ritual killing it's more of a fit with suicide. That's all I am saying. Sati was one I originally thought about in response to the question but there is no religious authority figure doing the killing in Sati so I didn't consider it as an answer. I did upvote you though for the notations around it and the link, it's not something I had thought to look for.
Nov
8
comment What cultures did, or do, perform human sacrifice on a regular basis?
I'd heard about this and thought about it in this question but the widow isn't really sacrificed though, it seems more like a sort of culturally imposed suicide. It is an interesting practice though, from a cultural perspective that is.
Nov
8
comment What were the reasons that the British colonies in North America rebelled but not others?
Tom you might want to check your math there...the numbers are a bit off.
Nov
8
revised From where does the superstition about Friday the thirteenth originate?
Fixing thirteens to thirteenth
Nov
8
suggested approved edit on From where does the superstition about Friday the thirteenth originate?