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MSc student, software developer. C#, Java, Ruby, Python.


Jan
15
comment Are modern Greeks related to the ancient Greeks?
@Felix Goldberg Do you mean cultural relation or the biological one? The first one may be explained quite easily by linguistics, the second one - by genetics research only, and I doubt a definitive, not-questionable answer may be found nowadays.
Jan
15
answered Who were the first to relatively measure the length of the year precisely?
Jan
15
comment Upper-class male cohabitation in mid-19th century USA
Sherlock and Watson! (It's London, but the timeframe is 'almost' right)
Jan
14
comment Why does the monarchy of Belgium still exist after Leopold 2?
But Leopold was not a dictator. He was a constitutional monarch and the guilt is on the whole nation and its elite, of course. That's an oversimplification, until today, it is unconstitutional by Belgian law to even accuse the king of anything. And nation being guilty for the deeds of its king (appointed and legitimated not-quite-so-democratically) - I cannot agree with this statement. However, I agree - as it was about killing Africans somewhere far far away, European public opinion did not care too much
Jan
14
comment Was Alexander the Great Greek or Macedonian?
Maybe the question should be re-expressed as were ancient Macedonians Hellens? I'd say that in that time and place, there was no concept of nationality as understood today, rather 2-level affiliation: first of the local state or tribe, and the second - of Hellen cultural circle. It makes no sense to even talk about Greek nationality in 4 century BC. There was no such thing as Greek nation at the time. Short answer would be that Alexander was an ethnic Macedonian, which Macedonians belonged to Hellen cultural circle (though being somehow of its edge).
Jan
11
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Jan
11
comment Why does the monarchy of Belgium still exist after Leopold 2?
I'd rather say that it's been common through the ages that crimes performed by politicians/kings/leaders, which were part of politics/state expansion were left unpunished, if the King/leader did not lose a war that would dispose him of power. Leopold is just one of many cases (hoever quite an interesting one).
Jan
11
answered Why does the monarchy of Belgium still exist after Leopold 2?
Jan
5
revised What is the basic structure of British Politics?
just look how the current version looks like
Jan
5
suggested approved edit on What is the basic structure of British Politics?
Jan
5
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Jan
5
answered Why didn't the silk road run north of the Black Sea?
Jan
4
answered What are the reasons of the ethnical fragmentation of the Caucasus?
Jan
4
comment What are the reasons of the ethnical fragmentation of the Caucasus?
I don't think that crossroads argument is fit, the mountains are hard to cross, so migrating tribes rather chose other routes.
Jan
3
answered Emigration restrictions in history
Jan
3
comment What are the reasons of the ethnical fragmentation of the Caucasus?
2 things come to mind: mountains and relative distance from big empires / tyrannies, it has let little isolated communities to survive through the centuries, the question is super-interesting and I'll try to provide some answer later. Also seems to me that mountainous New Guinea and its languages abundance is a similar phenomenon (but it's a debatable analogy)
Jan
2
comment Why wasn't Monaco unified with France?
@Louis Rhys, I've edited my answer
Jan
2
revised Why wasn't Monaco unified with France?
added 1307 characters in body
Jan
1
accepted Why wasn't San Marino unified with Italy?
Dec
31
awarded  Organizer