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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)
Oct
25
awarded  Enlightened
Oct
25
awarded  Nice Answer
Oct
21
comment When, where and with what propagation through Europe did the idea of gypsies stealing children occur?
Labeling this question as propaganda is, in itself, a propaganda. We should look after the social, economic, and historical causes in all seriousness, and not hold idle rants about who is prejudicial against who.
Oct
21
revised What forces/incentives drove the Mongols to conquer a much larger land territory than they could comfortably settle or rule?
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Oct
21
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Oct
21
answered What forces/incentives drove the Mongols to conquer a much larger land territory than they could comfortably settle or rule?