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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.
Jul
14
comment Was Marie Antoinette considered a fully legitimate bride for the heir apparent to the French throne in 1770?
@Semaphore Here is an example that involved a later Habsburg and his non-eligible (by some standards) bride.
Jul
14
comment Was Marie Antoinette considered a fully legitimate bride for the heir apparent to the French throne in 1770?
Another strange downvote on this site. I would delete this question but cannot as it already has received an answer. Bye ...
Jul
14
comment Was Marie Antoinette considered a fully legitimate bride for the heir apparent to the French throne in 1770?
Where's the evidence for the Habsburgs being the most prestigious European royal house in the 18th century? +1 for the concrete list of names, as there are some who traveled West to France (i.e. not from Spain), which I was not aware of.
Mar
21
comment Why only in the last few hundred year has science and technology progressed like it has
Imagine a future historian (or shall I say geek :) asking an analogous question on SE.H (still beta? :) say in a millennium from now when a lot of further technological progress may have occurred: would it be any different? If not, the fact that there is growth and progress may be your (and her) sufficient answer.
Mar
20
comment Did the Tamil People discover that the earth was round 2000 years ago?
related: History of scientific regression
Mar
20
comment Why is the Spanish-American War not called the Spanish-Cuban-American War?
Why not put this information (plus your sources) into the question? I guess naming wars is not a science, but an art :) Are you saying that it is referred to as Spanish-Cuban-American War in Cuba? Now that would not seem to be be all that surprising. On the other hand: "History is written by the victors." (Churchill)
Mar
19
comment Why was France granted an equal status among victors of World War II?
Hmm .. could be that is a fictional explanation only. For one thing, the U.S. kept lots of troops in Western Germany during the cold war.
Mar
18
comment Why does the United States keep using “old” date representations and imperial system, while being in the minority?
It's fairly common to refer to laptop screen sizes in "old" US units also elsewhere, presumably for reasons of convenience similar to the ones you cite.
Mar
17
comment Cuban medical internationalism
@EmilioGort just a reference to the fact that Ernesto "Che" Guevara was a trained physician (nothing serious -- notice the smiley)
Mar
16
comment Was Hitler hostile to anglo-saxons before he became hostile to Jews?
+1 I'll change anglo-americanism into anglo-saxons (as in peoples descended or associated in some way with the English ethnic group), which is perhaps the better term (not a native speaker); a lot depends on the interpretation of "broke through" which is why I'd like to learn more about the reviewed article
Mar
14
comment Why did modern “Romania” remain the most “Roman” part of the Balkans?
Notice that the Danube was oftentimes the northern limes of the Roman empire; present-day Romania and Bulgaria: north and south of Danube respectively.
Mar
13
comment Why did modern “Romania” remain the most “Roman” part of the Balkans?
Hmm, in this map the Imperium Romaniae does not seem to overlap with present-day Romania.
Mar
10
comment Nazism and Jewish persecution awareness during the WW2 years
Alright, that sounds quite sane :) I'll reread your answer a bit later and will perhaps recast my vote. And welcome to the site too ...
Mar
10
comment Nazism and Jewish persecution awareness during the WW2 years
I downvoted a couple of responses (you can check my stats: it's not normally my habit), because IMHO this discussion is running wild with lots of contradictory anecdotes and snapshots. I've also voted to close the question, it just seems so poisonous. (No, I don't have an agenda but yes, I could be biased -- just one vote, after all.) Hope you can understand.
Mar
10
comment Nazism and Jewish persecution awareness during the WW2 years
typo: it's "Edward Snowden" (i.e. with "e" instead of "a" as in "rant" :)
Mar
10
comment Nazism and Jewish persecution awareness during the WW2 years
How long until somebody quotes Daniel Goldhagen ... ? (How long until we can expect a book by him explaining what forces history have prevented him from getting tenure at Harvard ... ) It's as sad subject and very poisonous.