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My main occupation is to debug cruft I write in my free time.

That is, after struggling to stay alive.

Here you can see my beekeeping stackexchange proposal - interested?


Mar
27
comment Are modern Greeks related to the ancient Greeks?
I disagree with your explanation. Based on language only, we would assume that modern Turkish people are descendent of Seljuk, Ottoman or other Turkic people. Well, genetics suggest that Turkish people are much more similar to Europeans and Middle East people than they are to Turkic people. For the language quite the opposite is true (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genetic_history_of_the_Turkish_people)
Feb
25
comment Did the Roman Empire extend as far north as the Romans could grow wine?
There is an alternate theory, which states that the Romans expanded North as far as the Celtic civilization had done. The theory states that (limited to these regions) the Celtic society was still a "profitable" conquer for the Romans, while societies less structured than that (like the Germans') were not. As for the wine, consider that the range of a crop can change over time due to changes in global/local climate as well as in the varieties selected by farmers.
Feb
18
comment Why did Italy abandon its alliance with Germany in WW1 and join the Allied side?
@TomAu I disagree that Italy and Germany were allied "basically against Austria". They were allied primarily against France, which (from the Italian point of view) was preventing Italy from annexing the Papal States. This is a well known fact, as proven also by the outcome of that war.
Feb
18
comment Why did Italy abandon its alliance with Germany in WW1 and join the Allied side?
@TomAu I disagree. Italy and Germany had been allied against France in 1870.
Feb
14
comment At what point did Soviet armored units have qualitative parity with Wehrmacht armored units?
This seems a good answer, but I'd rather see some references before upvoting :)
Feb
14
comment At what point did Soviet armored units have qualitative parity with Wehrmacht armored units?
At one instance the Germans managed to destroy the tank I know that story, I had a link to an excellent WWII website, but have lost it. Will try to dig it up.
Jul
15
comment What are the factors that caused the new world civilizations to be less technologically advanced than the old world?
@LouisRhys My take was that Anixx should have asked the question - so I didn't
Jun
21
comment New theory on origins of modern-day Romania?
@Ovi The time needed to influence the language of a population depends on a number of factors, including e.g. the number of colonists sent and the presence (and prestige) of a local writing. Just my 2 cents.
Jun
20
comment What was Libya's form of direct democracy (Jamahiria) like in practice?
@EugeneSeidel Amicus Eugene, sed magis amica veritas: there is no contradiction in the passage, because the elected representatives would just pass the results of the local voting. In representative democracies instead it is the representative himself that decides how to vote, according to his own judgement.
Jun
19
comment What right/legitimacy did Normans have to a kingdom in Southern Italy?
@FelixGoldberg By the way, my initial reference about Henry III's plan to use the Normans against Byzantium is based on Runciman's work. Admittedly he mentions this fact only briefly, the focus of his book being elsewhere.
Jun
19
comment What right/legitimacy did Normans have to a kingdom in Southern Italy?
@FelixGoldberg I agree with your reconstruction. Our opinions diverge - I think - in that when they started establishing themselves (rather than serving as mercenaries) they had some sort of legal acknowledgment from the Emperor and Pope. The very Ranulf received multiple acknowledgments from Conrad II.
Jun
19
comment What right/legitimacy did Normans have to a kingdom in Southern Italy?
@FelixGoldberg Dear Felix, please have a look at my "answer" below. Although it is only tentative, it suggests that things might have been different. Best
Jun
18
comment How did the Roman state verify citizenship?
I would upvote this, if you could formulate an exhaustive answer (citing references).
Jun
18
comment What right/legitimacy did Normans have to a kingdom in Southern Italy?
-1 Because, according to my sources, this is partially incorrect. I'm obviously open to discussion, cheers
Jun
14
comment Where was the furthest extent of Arabian trade explorations?
By the way, traveling as far east as Khanbalik (=Beijing) was already possible Eastern Christians in the Middle Ages, who knew China as "Tzinitza". In fact, it was a Christian Bishop that helped translating the Buddhist sacred texts into Chinese.
Jun
14
comment Where was the furthest extent of Arabian trade explorations?
Hi Frederic, I am sure that you can find some useful references for Arabic travelers in Eastern Africa, i.e. Somalia, Kenya and South as far as Zanzibar and Madagascar (at least). I have remembrance of reading about Arabic merchant trading with these people when I studied Hanno the Navigator. +1 Anyways
Jun
12
comment What did Mesopotamian beehives look like?
By the way, if you are interested in beekeeping, there is a dedicated stackexchange in development: area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/48193/bees-and-beekeeping
Jun
11
comment What right/legitimacy did Normans have to a kingdom in Southern Italy?
@Carlo_R. As Felix Goldberg suggested I would seriously try and edit away the "geopolitical interest". Geopolitics, even though we can rightfully argue that it always existed, became a political doctrine only in the XIX century.
Jun
11
comment Why didn't World-Community take no step to remove Mubutu or Robert Mugabe from office?
In addition, you do not specify what Allende, Castro, Hussain, Gaddafi and Bashar al-Assad have in common with the North Korean government, as well as with Mubutu and Mugabe. Why the world powers did not bother to remove Ahmadinejad, Putin, Sarkozy, Al Thani, ...?
Jun
11
comment Why didn't World-Community take no step to remove Mubutu or Robert Mugabe from office?
I voted to close, because it is unclear what do you mean by "World-Community". When I look at your examples of intervention, I cannot but notice that it was different actors who tried to oust Allende (largely the USA), Castro (virtually the USA alone) Saddam Hussein (USA, UK, ... but not France) Gaddafi (USA, UK, ... including France).