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Jul
4
comment After the fall of Constantinople, were the Christians who lived in the Ottoman Empire treated fairly?
Dev┼čirme or blood tribute involved kidnapping young Christian boys, forcibly converting them to Islam and then enrolling them in the Janissary military or in Ottoman administration.
Jun
15
answered What is the labelling system for artefacts?
Jun
15
comment Were there any Chinese expeditions to explore the world? If not, why not?
It depends what you mean by "of that region" and when. It is generally thought that the Austronesians started in Taiwan (or perhaps Malaya), eventually reaching Hawaii, Easter Island and New Zealand across the Pacific, and Madagascar across the Indian Ocean.
May
27
answered Why are the Rohingya not recognized in Myanmar (Burma), amongst the other 135 ethnic groups?
May
22
comment What were the conditions of joining or leaving the Holy Roman Empire?
The previous line to your quote was "Although the Emperor was lord of the world, the French king was not subject to him in law or in fact" which describes the position where the Holy Roman Emperor only had power where he had the force of arms.
May
6
comment Why didn't “Europe” support the Byzantine Empire against the Turks?
A key point was that the European Christian land forces had lost both the 1444 Battle of Varna and the 1448 Battle of Kosovo and so could not reach a Constantinople which had destroyed itself and its resources in four civil wars in the 14th century, even after the 1261 reconquest of the city from the Latins.
May
5
comment Did the rebels in the War of American Independence acknowledge the English Civil War rebels as an influence on their thinking?
They were more likely to point to the Glorious Revolution and the English Bill of Rights several decades after the English Commonwealth
Apr
24
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Mar
19
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Jan
29
comment Are former British colonies better off now compared to other colonies and why
I think it is difficult to argue Singapore had an established economy before the British got there in any substantial sense. Under British rule its population jumped from 1,000 in 1819 to 10,000 in 1825 to 100,000 in 1869.
Jan
27
comment Why did the Moors invade the Iberian peninsula?
It does seem that the Muslim conquest of Iberia started with a raid that was unexpectedly successful.
Dec
25
comment Was Alexander the Great ever an emperor?
As ruler of the Persian empire he was "King of Kings", but he was more than this as he had previously taken the Egyptian empire where he was proclaimed "master of the Universe"
Dec
22
comment Why was Britain willing to return Hong Kong but not Gibraltar?
The story is that Margaret Thatcher was walked down Boundary Street and asked how it might be defended as a new frontier against the biggest country in the world.
Nov
23
answered Did the British government oppose racial segregation in South Africa from 1815-1931?
Nov
20
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Nov
20
comment Clauses against unifications in peace treaties
See for example heraldica.org/topics/france/utrecht1a.pdf - my quote appears on page 39 of the pdf i.e. page 377 of the book it is scanned from: Chalmers, George, A collection of treaties between Great Britain and other powers.
Nov
20
answered Clauses against unifications in peace treaties
Nov
11
comment Why was the number of U.S. Representatives limited?
The British House of Commons chamber has seats for 427 of the 650 Members of Parliament. Most of the time they do not all turn up at the same moment except to vote and that does not require sitting down.
Nov
9
comment Marbury vs Madison, what about other midnight judges?
You can read the ruling at caselaw.lp.findlaw.com/scripts/… though the key point is that he/they ruled that Section 13 of the Judiciary Act passed by Congress in 1789, which authorized the Supreme Court to issue such a writ of mandamus, was unconstitutional as it extended the powers of the Court beyond those specified in the Constitution.