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Jan
24
comment Why were Albanians the only nation in the Balkans who converted to Islam during the Ottoman occupation?
@vsz This is also interesting because for what I known there are also traditional links between Albania and Italy, a (mainly) Catholic country of course.
Jan
24
comment Did Jaques Chirac say “Without Africa, France will slide down into the rank of a third [world] power”?
The footnote points to Le Monde diplomatique which I would guess was no friend (since politically to the left of) Chirac the castle owner, etc.
Jan
24
comment Did Jaques Chirac say “Without Africa, France will slide down into the rank of a third [world] power”?
I don't think this possible quote as such does/would imply that "France is acting like a 19th century colonial power".
Jan
23
comment How long did it take to repair wooden war ships after battle in the 1600's to 1800's?
I guess that would have depended even then on the ship's size and type of damage. What do you have in mind?
Jan
23
comment Before the Land Bridge Theory, how was human presence in the Americas explained?
@T.E.D. Just checked and you are right: I've read the book a long time ago, hence my memory was mistaken.
Jan
23
comment Before the Land Bridge Theory, how was human presence in the Americas explained?
Why not cite the documentary so perhaps somebody else can trace who made it?
Jan
22
comment Before the Land Bridge Theory, how was human presence in the Americas explained?
Perhaps there are alternative theories in relation to Thor Heyerdahl's Kon-Tiki expedition.
Jan
20
comment When did worshiping of ancient Greek gods come to an end?
@andrew That's quite good enough for me. Thx.
Jan
19
comment When did worshiping of ancient Greek gods come to an end?
@andrew I'd be interested in further information about this attempted reestablishment. Can you suggest any source in particular?
Jan
19
comment When did worshiping of ancient Greek gods come to an end?
This is a very good answer: it cites actual sources, not "just" personal opinion. Thx.
Jan
19
comment When did worshiping of ancient Greek gods come to an end?
@jamesqf The fact is I don't know whether it was forced underground. Do you? Such evidence could amount to an interesting answer.
Dec
15
comment In the USSR, did they ever stop 'officially' believing in the future Communist utopia?
Who is "they" ?
Nov
20
comment Clauses against unifications in peace treaties
+1 Do you have a link for the full text (or relevant section) of the treaty of Utrecht?
Nov
20
comment Clauses against unifications in peace treaties
Can you please cite the specific clause in the "scrap of paper" that forbade unification e.g. of Belgium and X.
Nov
7
comment Curious office hours of Topographical Bureau where Napoleon served in 1795?
@LateralFractal +1 Good point. (Good book on the subject BTW: Roger A. Ekirch: At Day's Close: Night In Times Past).
Nov
7
comment Were the Medieval Britons aware of the existence of the Roman Empire?
Relevant source: Thomas Cahill, How the Irish Saved Civilization: The Untold Story of Ireland's Heroic Role From the Fall of Rome to the Rise of Medieval Europe.
Jul
14
comment Was Marie Antoinette considered a fully legitimate bride for the heir apparent to the French throne in 1770?
+1 Thrilling short summary of several centuries of history. Can you recommend any book with a similar scope and argument?
Jul
14
comment Was Marie Antoinette considered a fully legitimate bride for the heir apparent to the French throne in 1770?
@Semaphore Now we are getting somewhere. This is what I am interested in (but was asking in a somewhat oblique way, as I now realize.) Anyway, spending more effort does not seem worthwhile.
Jul
14
comment Was Marie Antoinette considered a fully legitimate bride for the heir apparent to the French throne in 1770?
@MarkC.Wallace The question should now be deleted (see above). (Countess Chotek wasn't "legitimate" by some rules. There may have been such rules in France, which is what I was asking about.)
Jul
14
comment Was Marie Antoinette considered a fully legitimate bride for the heir apparent to the French throne in 1770?
@FelixGoldberg Theoretically. In practice the fact that theirs was also a Catholic royal house was perhaps even more key. But without better evidence I'm still not convinced that the French court would would normally have considered Vienna (first) when choosing a heir's bride in the late 18th century.