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Jan
19
comment Did the Safavid rulers require all subjects to convert to Shi'a Islam?
Agree with @FelixGoldberg . Statements such as "All Safavids were absolutely righteous" are usually false. Besides, religious requirements such as "Judaism and Christianity should be tolerated" lend themselves to different interpretations (for example, the Moghuls tolerated Hinduism, although it is polytheistic).
Nov
5
comment When and how did people begin to consider slavery immoral?
Good point. The Church prohibited slavery, yet serfs existed. Probably the reason they were not considered "slaves" is that their rights changed over time from land leasers to slaves, or vice versa. E.g., in Russia, there was St. Yuri's day, when a serf could leave his master for another one, but later it was abolished, and thus the serfs were deprived of their last right.
Nov
2
comment When and how did people begin to consider slavery immoral?
Yes, and holy books also say that slaves have certain rights.
Oct
22
comment Why did Canada not join the American Revolution?
These colonies were younger and hadn't had a history of self-rule.
Oct
21
comment Did Stalin want to restore the Russian Empire's borders?
I meant geographically. Editing the question accordingly.
Oct
15
comment What set Checkpoint Charlie apart from the other border checkpoints in Berlin during the Cold War?
The Stand-off between US and Soviet tanks was probably quite famous. But it wouldn't be significant for defectors.
Oct
15
comment What was the reason for inflation in Britain after the Black Death?
I hypothesize that they considered it obvious that all land should be cultivated, even if it didn't pay.
Oct
15
comment Is the “youth bulge” hypothesis an evident explanation for imperialistic/rebellious historic movements and genocides?
Do you mean that this happens when new-born girls are killed, as in China? Otherwise how can there be a surplus of males?
Oct
15
comment What are the origins of the Shinto religion?
All cultures at an early stage had polytheist / shamanist religions. The Japanese had Shinto since ancient times in the same way that the Greek had Zeus, Poseidon etc.
Oct
14
comment What was the reason for inflation in Britain after the Black Death?
Just a guess: Every piece of land belonged to someone. Every landowner wanted every piece of his land to be cultivated. Thus what mattered was the total amount of land, which hadn't changed, not the total amount of its owners.
Oct
14
comment Is the Cold War still going on?
Wasn't ideology just a pretext for gaining power?
Oct
14
comment Is the Cold War still going on?
There has always been antagonism between the powers, e.g., between England and France. But in the Cold War, all of the Western Europe and the US were united against Soviet Russia, and this is still true.
Oct
13
comment What led to the creation of Belgium?
Thanks, but now nationalism is strong. My guess is that Belgium will split.
Oct
12
comment Why did Meiji consider switching from Japanese to English?
Probably it was unsuccessful because not many Japanese knew English or wanted to learn it.