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Dec
17
comment What lands have been called by names chosen to disassociate those lands from its inhabitants
I'm not implying that they are offensive to one another now, because Greek speaking inhabitants of Anatolia have been deported to Greece (and vice-versa). If they were still living there, the name Turkey would certainly sound discriminatory: Turkey, the land of Turkish people. You don't belong here (anymore). Before it was the Ottoman Empire: still led by a Turkish class, but certainly not Turkish-only.
Dec
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Dec
17
revised What lands have been called by names chosen to disassociate those lands from its inhabitants
Added the example of Poland, just to show another side of history.
Dec
17
comment How does Göbekli Tepe fit into the current picture of society development?
If you read the first paragraph in en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…, you'll find that scholars think Gobekli Tepe changes everything. I will try and have a read at the sources to understand why, although I'd rather have the point of view of an expert.
Dec
17
answered What lands have been called by names chosen to disassociate those lands from its inhabitants
Dec
15
comment How does Göbekli Tepe fit into the current picture of society development?
Thanks for the directions!
Dec
14
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Dec
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Dec
13
reviewed Edit How does Göbekli Tepe fit into the current picture of society development?
Dec
13
revised How does Göbekli Tepe fit into the current picture of society development?
reworded second paragraph that was difficult to understand
Dec
13
comment How did ethnic Turkish people embrace Islam?
The definition "Turkish" came to mean an ethnic "Turk" professing Sunni Islam (see e.g. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…). In this sense what we refer today as "ethnic Turkish" comprises many ethnic substrata, held together among all other things, by religion. Just for the record I would add "ancient Turkish people" or something similar.
Dec
13
comment How does Göbekli Tepe fit into the current picture of society development?
Interesting point of view. I always regarded this passage in GG&S as an exception, rather than the rule for the evolution of societies. Together with the one about Japan (IIRC), these examples were there to explain that another pattern of developement was also possible. Anyway I've read it long time ago (sigh), and might be wrong as do not have the book at hand. In any case applying this explanation to arid Southern Turkey requires invoking some changes in regional climate.
Dec
13
comment Which lost historical documents, when uncovered, led to the most substantial revisions in historiography?
Aaand of course the discovery of the Tocharian language, which changed our view of the Indoeuropeans original distribution and/or migration routes.
Dec
13
comment Which lost historical documents, when uncovered, led to the most substantial revisions in historiography?
Just wanted to highligt the Lead Codices: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jordan_Lead_Codices
Dec
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asked How does Göbekli Tepe fit into the current picture of society development?
Dec
9
comment How is Gaddafi viewed outside the West?
I do not understand why the question has been closed. My question was really specific, and the part about the fairness of the Western view has been added in a subsequent edit.
Dec
7
comment How is Gaddafi viewed outside the West?
Besides, it is difficult to maintain that the World Bank could be biased towards Gaddafi's regime.
Dec
7
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Dec
7
comment How is Gaddafi viewed outside the West?
I have difficulties at finding average wages in a serious database. However scholarizaton and health statistics (e.g. data.worldbank.org/indicator/SP.DYN.LE00.IN/countries/…) place Libya far higher than any neighbouring contry, that is up intil 2009.
Dec
7
revised How is Gaddafi viewed outside the West?
Added a source for the statement "Libya was [...] "developed"", to answer md nth's comment.