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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 ...
Mar
19
comment Ratio of population to military size throughout European history?
To continue with this line of approximates/guestimates into medieval times: 3 classes, one of them "soldiers" ... 33% ... problem solved ... :)
Mar
19
comment Ratio of population to military size throughout European history?
You may find existing answers to your overall question in relation to the Napoleonic wars. Revolutionary France raised armies in very great numbers and was able to defeat other European armies (for some time).
Mar
19
comment Given Hitler's Austrian ancestry, why did he develop German nationalism rather than Austrian nationalism?
"He tried enlisting in the Austrian army but they wouldn't let him" or "Historians believe he left Vienna to evade conscription into the Austrian army"? What are your sources?
Mar
19
comment Given Hitler's Austrian ancestry, why did he develop German nationalism rather than Austrian nationalism?
@user5001 Here is the short version: Hitler did not develop Austrian nationalism because he believed in national unity with Germany.
Mar
18
comment Visit of Greek philosophers to Rome in 155 BCE
@TylerDurden Why is there a tag "sources" in your opinion?
Mar
18
comment Why was Poland spared from the Black Death?
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