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Jul
1
answered Why bother attacking castles at all? Why not go around?
May
22
comment Were the living standards in Medieval Europe a lot worse than in the Muslim world?
Don't forget about slavery in the muslim world. While European peasants weren't completely 100% free to do as they wished, they had somewhat more liberties than slaves.
Apr
24
awarded  Nice Question
Apr
20
comment Why were Albanians the only nation in the Balkans who converted to Islam during the Ottoman occupation?
I acknowledge that my question was a bit inaccurate. However, the Albanians, Bosnians, Greek, Bulgarians etc. still spent roughly the same length of time under Ottoman occupation, yet the Albanians (and Bosnians, to some degree) did convert to Islam, while the others didn't. What I'm looking for is the underlying cause for this difference.
Apr
20
comment Have majority European descent countries ever been seen by other European descent countries as a threat to manufacturing?
@congusbongus : can't we handle the questions in good faith? Nothing in the text of the question indicates any kind of trolling. So a good answer should be like "no, because ..." or "yes, here are the counter-examples", and not by accusing the QA of "medieval hogwash".
Apr
20
asked Why were Albanians the only nation in the Balkans who converted to Islam during the Ottoman occupation?
Apr
11
revised What is the best historical example of conflict between two cultures with differing levels of technology?
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Apr
11
answered What is the best historical example of conflict between two cultures with differing levels of technology?
Apr
4
comment Last death caused by World War I
If we go all the way back, the one responsible for everything is either Adam who bit into that strange piece of fruit, or that strange ape who decided to climb down from the tree.
Mar
17
comment Did the Tamil People discover that the earth was round 2000 years ago?
To complete the story: before Newton (late 17th century) a spherical Earth and a geocentric world were the best way to explain why objects have weight: "the Earth is a sphere sitting in the middle of the Universe, and all matter has a fundamental property to be attracted towards the center of the world." Actually, before Newton, this was the best "proof" against the heliocentric model, as it could not provide an explanation for gravity. So while heliocentrism was a fundamentally new view only appearing fairly recently (less than 500 years ago), the spherical Earth is known since ancient times.
Mar
7
comment What is the evidence to claim that political order in ancient Rome was sufficiently different under “kingdom”, “republic” and “empire”?
The change from Kingdom to Republic was not as subtle, as it happened via a revolution, and ended in the exile of the ruling dynasty. It even led to a series of wars (one of them nearly destroyed Rome) when the exiled rulers, the Tarquinii, tried to return to power by inciting neighboring cities (and the Gauls) to attack Rome.
Mar
7
awarded  Citizen Patrol
Mar
6
comment Which nation on Earth has been under foreign rule the longest?
@LennartRegebro : same for Transylvania. It sounds quite silly to name 1003-1526 as "foreign rule". With the same logic, one could say "1920-today" as "foreign rule" if looked at it from the other side. Besides, Transylvania was not a nation in the Middle Ages. It actually became one for some time in the 16th and 17t centuries.
Mar
5
comment Is every major culture in the same year?
Also, let's not forget that it's quite practical, and handles the leap seconds much better than more ancient calendars, which are used only or mostly in religious contexts (like the Jewish one)
Mar
5
awarded  Critic
Feb
19
comment What went on during multi-year sieges?
Remember, that if the attackers have months to throw rocks at the walls, the defenders also have months to repair the damages.
Jan
24
awarded  Commentator
Jan
24
comment How did Europeans first acquire gunpowder?
It would still be interesting to see why it's the Europeans who developed it further. All the previous users of gunpowder had it as just something to slightly spice up the battle, it's the Europeans who made it into the main force of warfare.
Jan
21
awarded  Yearling
Dec
13
comment Why were there no religious wars in Poland?
The case of the (then independent) Transylvania was very similar. It had one of the first proclamations of religious freedom, and in fact had good ties with Poland (they even shared a ruler at one point, elected by both countries)