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comment Was the Sikh martyr Mati Das sawed in half on the orders of Aurangzeb?
Sources? Is this from personal memory?
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comment What were the most regarded cultural places in history?
Most regarded by whom? ISIS is methodically destroying sites that some would regard as important. Modern secular society has different criteria than Islamic fundamentalists, who have different criteria than Christian fundamentalists, who have different criteria than communists, who have different criteria than other groups. During the reformation, devout protestants went to a lot of effort to destroy sites merely because they were linked to Catholic intellectual activity. Humanity is incredibly diverse and one man's intellectual achievement is another man's pagan horror. Define the terms.
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comment Why did Sun Tzu believe you shouldn't wait besides a river when eager to fight?
I'm not sure that this answers the question.
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comment Why did the French insist on reclaiming Indo-China after WWII?
This reads like a rant rather than like history.
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comment What were the factors that caused debtors' prison to disappear in most parts of the world in the 20th century?
In the US prison is most definitely not for acts of immorality; that would violate the separation of church and state. Prisons are for those who violate the law. Curious correctly identifies the answer as evolving bankruptcy governance - that should be an answer not a comment(because it is good).
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comment What were the factors that caused debtors' prison to disappear in most parts of the world in the 20th century?
Good answer; citation would lead to an upvote.
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comment Hitler And Nazism - Did Hitler ever express remorse over killing?
Can we create the Hitler Stack Exchange and move all the Hitler questions there?
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comment Catalog of scientific and technological contributions by originating culture
Remind me where the "protect" button is?
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comment Catalog of scientific and technological contributions by originating culture
@amphibient the goal is fascinating and I would like to wish you well; but personal attacks ("provocative to those who only defend popular opinion and political correctness") are out of place. Don't alienate those who are trying to help you. Just because I don't agree with you doesn't mean that I am defending popular opinion and political correctness.
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comment Catalog of scientific and technological contributions by originating culture
Poverty is well defined. "Invention" and "discovery" are not well defined. I wish you luck, but I think that Whited's law ("it's more complicated than you're taking into account")is at play here. I also suspect that any answer would weigh in at book length (out of scope for this forum). On the other hand, if you wrote such a book, you could spend the rest of your career profitably defending it.
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comment Catalog of scientific and technological contributions by originating culture
I tried to do that years ago; my then wife calmly and patiently pointed out the difficulty of defining terms like "invention" - should Gutenberg or the Chinese be credited with the printing press? Watt or the ancient Greeks with the steam engine? The Italians or the Americans with Radio? Was the wheel invented in the Americas (yes, but it was only a toy).
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comment What was used to pay taxes in Medieval England
Guilty as charged. I get annoyed at questions with insufficient research. Rather than whine about it, I tried to respond constructively. Apparently I still have some work to do</wry>.
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comment Why did Emperor Constantine believe he was a instrument of God?
1) The professor mentioned a concept; did you research that concept? Is it commonly accepted, or is the professor a crackpot? Did Constantine hold this belief? 2) You advance a hypothesis without evidence, 3) There is a lot of history between Caesar and Constantine; is Obama's use of executive orders based on George Washington's belief in a strong federal government? There is the beginning of a good question here, but it needs some research. Good luck.
Aug
31
comment Were any fortified castles self-sufficient in food?
This is clearly a history question. I wonder though if the real question is "How did castles withstand sieges that lasted for years?"
Aug
31
comment History of terrorist organizations designations/undesignations by Israel
Isn't this trivial? Doesn't Israel publish this list? Perhaps I'm missing something, but isn't this a little like asking what stories are on the front page of the New York Times? (it would be easier to consult the New York Times than to ask H:SE).
Aug
31
comment How involved are Jews involved in Multiculturalism and why?
In my opinion this falls on the wrong side of the divide between politics and history. In general, if the white supremacists are accusing you of foiling their agenda, I'll buy you a beer, but I won't treat it as a serious historical argument.
Aug
31
comment Did Hitler really keep the blueprints of the current Nebraska state Capitol building in the drawer of his desk?
I find no evidence that Goodhue was of German-American heritage; Lee Lawrie, the sculptor was born in Germany. I'm deeply suspicious of this claim; even the article you reference only says "as the story goes". Snopes has nothing, google has nothing other than the article. Absent evidence, I think we have to write this off as local urban legend.
Aug
28
comment Can a source be considered 'primary' if it is not written by an eyewitness and partly based on another source?
Primary sources are central to the study of history; questions about the definition of a primary source ought to be on topic unless there is a strong contravening reason.
Aug
25
comment What did Germany do after World War II to recover so successfully that it became more prosperous than its WW2 victors?
<begin humor>I can't help but imagine the Carl Sagan poster,"Nice hypothesis you have there; pity if someone decided to test it...." </humor> You've presented a hypothesis devoid of any evidence or any framework by which the hypothesis could be tested.
Aug
24
comment What was this small state in the south of France in 1789?
This answer would be improved by references/citations.