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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!


Sep
26
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
26
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
Sep
17
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
17
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
17
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
17
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
17
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
17
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
17
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
17
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.
Sep
10
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!
Jun
27
comment What would be used to write things in 15c in Europe
Sorry, I should have said that the target date is 1471! Never mind, you nailed it anyway - thanks! :-)
Jun
27
comment What would be used to write things in 15c in Europe
Groovy, thanks (+1). The job I am looking at (at a re-enactment show) is the book keeping and admin for a mercenary company employed by the house of York. Would I be correct in thinking that this level of bureaucrat would have the relevant skills and would write on paper?
Jun
27
comment Organisation of mercenaries
Yeah a lot of the fighting was done by mercenaries, Burgundian gunners, Henry brought back French ones from ... well France etc
Jun
27
comment What would be used to write things in 15c in Europe
I am a re-enactor but am not able to fight at our big shows due to now having children so I was going to give talks to the public on the admin side of things instead.
Jun
27
comment How were medieval guilds formed?
It is likely to be as simply as knowing the area. If there were half a dozen people all selling a product it would not be difficult for them to meet up and organise themselves.
Jun
27
comment What would be used to write things in 15c in Europe
Could the divebomber leave a comment to explain what the issue is?
May
3
comment Could The Soviet Union have continued fighting World War II without Caucasus oil?
For which stated fact would you like a citation? My answer is based upon simulating the chain of thought of the Russian leaders after taking into account the fact that the Germans now had the oil to use as well as the Russian not - this does not seem to have been mentioned by the OP or in other answers.
May
3
comment Could The Soviet Union have continued fighting World War II without Caucasus oil?
Clear cut? No, there are always overlapping factors in pretty much everything. I was coming from the angle of trying to explain why someone might expect the Russians to surrender if they lost 3/4 of their oil supply to their enemy.
Feb
7
comment Homosexuality in ancient Sparta
Yeah, sorry I am struggling. I was told it was one of Lycurgus's laws. However, I cannot find a reference to it anywhere on line ....