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Interested in history both because it's fascinating and because it is rich inspiration for my major hobby, table-top roleplaying games.


Dec
11
awarded  Nice Question
Nov
9
comment How and why did Polish rule over the Ukraine “downwardly deviate” from Lithuanian rule?
@AlexParakhnevich Wouldn't the language used in state documents of the time say more about who wrote them than who was written about?
Jul
25
awarded  Yearling
Mar
11
comment Why Americans like to enroll in military services despite huge risks involved?
@TomAu Exactly. This answer is too simplistic since it's ignores the larger, more complicated context.
Sep
15
comment Mexico has the right to possess firearms?
@E1Suave I think I'm just going to put the [contemporary-history] tag on ignore. That should solve the problem.
Sep
15
comment Mexico has the right to possess firearms?
@E1Suave Sorry, that was bitier than necessary. I'm just tired of seeing wishy-washy responses to questions that are (to me) obviously off-topic. I've already seen a number of betas go through this process—I have 25k across the network—and being soft on off-topic questions never turns out well. So, I have strong opinions. (As for my own Q&As, I came here as a student of history, not an expert, and I'm not currently engaged in research that might generate questions.)
Sep
14
comment Mexico has the right to possess firearms?
@E1Suave Everything has a historical cause. That doesn't mean everything is about history. Or should we just let this become Current Events.SE and get shut down as a failed beta?
Sep
12
comment Mexico has the right to possess firearms?
Not every question has a Stack to call home. I don't see anything about history here either.
Sep
11
comment What factors permitted Buddhism to be successful in Japan but Christianity less so?
@choster There is a difference between adopting and Christianising existing beliefs and co-existing alongside existing belief structures. Historically Chrisitianity hasn't tolerate parallel, equal belief structures, and co-opted their most-practiced beliefs and traditions so as to replace the underlying religion – your example of the Latin American earth-goddess is a good example.
Sep
11
awarded  Scholar
Sep
11
accepted When did European building interiors partitioned into rooms become commonplace?
Sep
11
comment When did European building interiors partitioned into rooms become commonplace?
I've finally had a chance to watch that clip. The sheer size of that first chimney is amazing! I couldn't imagine how a "great hall" could be so thoroughly divided by a "mere" chimney until she walked into that house. Answer accepted!
Sep
8
comment How did corn become the most produced crop in the world?
The 1977 sugar tariff and government subsidies for corn also substantially increased corn production for sweetener use in the United States. Conversely, Europe places limits on how much corn sugar may be produced. How much of an effect that has had on the global acreage of corn isn't obvious without research, but it's an interesting historical footnote.
Sep
7
comment A unitary state split into several smaller ones
I grasp what you mean about their individual claims to be unitary, but I don't see how it follows that China must be federal for them to be two results of a division, or for other nations to recognise the reality of a division they both deny.
Sep
7
comment A unitary state split into several smaller ones
No mention of Taiwan?
Sep
6
comment How did Poland fare under “personal unions?”
Ah. From your edit I think I see the problem: you're confusing efficacy of governance with prosperity of the governed. Those are often related in modern times (though not always), but not historically, due to governance having different purposes throughout history. When the point of governance was personal prosperity, often a very effective government resulted in a very poor country. As a result, you have to specify for whom is the government working well if you want to ask how and how well a government worked for a country.
Sep
6
comment How did Poland fare under “personal unions?”
It's also worth noting that the very definition of "corollary" is "something superfluous, something extra, that is distinct but follows". So, yeah, separate (but related) questions. It's okay to have separate questions be related. :)
Sep
6
comment How did Poland fare under “personal unions?”
How well a country fared seems separate from how (and how well) a governance structure works. You can have a governance structure that works terribly while the country fares well; you can have a governance structure that works wonderfully well and the country can fare terribly. They're not connected.
Sep
6
comment How did Poland fare under “personal unions?”
You seem to have two questions here. 1) How was a personal union governed in practice? 2) How well did Poland fare under the two personal unions in its history? Whichever one isn't the main point of this should really be submitted as a separate question.
Sep
3
awarded  Teacher