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Jul
30
comment Curious office hours of Topographical Bureau where Napoleon served in 1795?
That (also) makes intuitive sense. Do you have further concrete evidence (e.g. of other topographic bureaus which worked at night)?
Jul
29
comment Curious office hours of Topographical Bureau where Napoleon served in 1795?
Can you point to a decree for the creation of a similar bureaucratic institution that mentions office hours? I doubt this this kind of detail usually goes into those kind of documents.
Jul
29
comment Curious office hours of Topographical Bureau where Napoleon served in 1795?
@GilOliveira That seems to make sense. Thx.
Jul
29
comment Curious office hours of Topographical Bureau where Napoleon served in 1795?
@GilOliveira So you are saying Roberts did not provide his exact source for his statements about the Bureau's (perhaps) unusual office hours. You found one source about the Bureau, but it does not mention anything about office hours. So its office hours must not be unusual: Is that the suggested logic?
Jul
29
comment Curious office hours of Topographical Bureau where Napoleon served in 1795?
@GilOliveira Please indicate your alternative sources.
Jul
28
comment Curious office hours of Topographical Bureau where Napoleon served in 1795?
@GilOliveira +1 Sounds promising. (Collecting dictionaries, perhaps maps, etc., could well be a military support function. Roberts agrees that Napoleon was there only for a very short time.)
Jun
11
comment Estimating gross domestic product in ancient times
I'd say Rome's agricultural-ness was perhaps 42 percent ...
Jun
11
comment When did the last Terra Nullius vanish from the earth?
I was using the past tense ("I once thought") partly because it was a romantic notion (and I was a kid) at the time. In terms of an answer the 2nd part of your last paragraph is promising.
Jun
11
comment When did the last Terra Nullius vanish from the earth?
+1 for the concept of terra nullius.
Jun
11
comment When did the last Terra Nullius vanish from the earth?
@WS2 Do you have any references on claims vs. possessions in this context?
Jun
11
comment When did the last Terra Nullius vanish from the earth?
@MarkC.Wallace Please notice that I was referring to "legal" (i.e. in quotes).
Jun
11
comment When did the last Terra Nullius vanish from the earth?
@SJuan76 I'd be interested to know whether Indian chiefs claimed all of the known territory (as kings as their first successors did).
Jun
11
comment Absolute rulers who voluntarily resigned their power
"Franz Josef Karl of Hapsburg"? -- evidence please.
Jun
11
comment Which of the participant states was benefited in the long run by the Congress of Vienna?
Short answer: Britain and Prussia, I would say.
Jun
9
comment How popular was Mozart in France before WWII and after it?
@Greg There was no single Germany at Mozart's time.
May
7
comment What is the oldest musical composition that can still be listened to today?
@Rohit Thanks. (When applied to music that old, IMO a formal distinction between folk and classical music makes little practical sense.)
May
6
comment What is the oldest musical composition that can still be listened to today?
@Rohit If it's a faithful reproduction then yes. I'd like to get a sense e.g. what kind of music was experienced by ancient Romans. I have some impressions from movies and the like, but there is presumably little faithfulness in such sources. Back to the say 16th century I generally find European music the older the more beautiful and I am also interested in whether this may (in parts) extent even further back into (global) history.
May
6
comment What is the oldest musical composition that can still be listened to today?
Without disrespect: I cannot discern whether this is indeed very old or the soundtrack of an upcoming Bollywood movie. So please add some more evidence.
Mar
28
comment What was the average height in Classical Greece?
Perhaps time to accept the (+1) answer?
Mar
25
comment When and why did marriage become about love?
When and why and if ...