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  • C++ software engineer.
    • Medieval combat instructor (steel combat).
    • Sword and shield tournament fighter (SCA).
    • RPG fan (mainly horror games).
    • I also like training (try to get in two training sessions every weekday).

Also, most importantly, father of two!


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awarded  Autobiographer
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awarded  Yearling
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comment What factors enabled Europe to conquer almost the whole world?
So why did the industrial revolution happen in western Europe and not somewhere else?
Sep
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comment What factors enabled Europe to conquer almost the whole world?
The technology was available to them but why wasn't it available to everyone else? What were the Europeans doing differently
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revised What factors enabled Europe to conquer almost the whole world?
Clarified a couple of points and provided an example
Sep
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comment What factors enabled Europe to conquer almost the whole world?
But then that pushes the question back to why had no one in south america invented cannons? Why were they so far behind? There are lots of natural resources in America. Was it the lack of domesticateable large animals which was not an issue in Europe which allowed Europe the massive advantages of moving from hunter gathers to farmers?
Sep
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comment What factors enabled Europe to conquer almost the whole world?
Fair enough, I would be interested in learning why you think that. We could move this to chat if you have time and inclination? Although I have to leave soon and pick up my children so I will not be able to reply until later!
Sep
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comment What factors enabled Europe to conquer almost the whole world?
@LennartRegebro, I feel that there is more to it. If a devout theocracy had captured all of the gold and just made temples out of it then they are unlikely to have ruled the world. So there must be a combination of values and a type of culture which allowed the Western European countries to so dramatically exploit this gold, do you not agree? I will leave the +1 as your answer is helpful and interesting though.
Sep
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comment What factors enabled Europe to conquer almost the whole world?
@LennartRegebro, my answer is not purely based on his writings and the majority of the information you have linked to is not relevant to my answer, neither was your example. Hence I asked whether you could provide specifics or cite sources (I am always keen to learn more). Surely you cannot be unfamiliar with this approach?
Sep
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comment What factors enabled Europe to conquer almost the whole world?
If Europe was a poor under developed backwater until it conquered the Americas, why is it that Europe conquered the Americas and not vice versa? They already had the gold, why didn't they trade with it and build huge fleets before the Europeans got there? Why wasn't there an industrial revolution in South America before Britain?
Sep
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comment What factors enabled Europe to conquer almost the whole world?
@LennartRegebro, sorry I am not sure what you mean? To which of the criticism are you referring? Assuming he made that claim (although, I make no reference to it in my answer) what difference does it make whether it was observed post fact? Or are you saying that there are more domesticable animals in regions other than Europe? If so, could you cite your sources?
Sep
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comment What factors enabled Europe to conquer almost the whole world?
@LennartRegebro, could you be more specific? Several of the criticisms on that page are of aspects I have not mentioned. Others seem to be contested and one is about a different books (Collapse). Wiki editors state that the section you highlight has issues and you appear to have ignored the rest of the page where they specify how well the book was received and the awards it has won. Are you sure that you are giving this due consideration? Especially as I explicitly state that my answers is not without it's exceptions
Sep
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comment What factors enabled Europe to conquer almost the whole world?
Okay, I can post comments again!! Do you have any examples of single combat being used to resolve a real battle? The wiki page seemed to have lots of stories but not many actual examples.
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revised What was the reason for inflation in Britain after the Black Death?
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revised What was the reason for inflation in Britain after the Black Death?
Corrected a maths clang and it's associated impact.
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comment What was the reason for inflation in Britain after the Black Death?
DOH!!!!!!!!!! Updated it accordingly. Sorry, was typing the example as I was thinking it up!
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answered What was the reason for inflation in Britain after the Black Death?
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answered What factors enabled Europe to conquer almost the whole world?