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comment Why were rockets not popular as part of artillery until 20th century?
Modern ballistic missiles are guided. Rockets in the 18th century were not.
comment Why were Austria-Hungary's Slavic minorities put into multinational states?
The fact which supports this answer is the case of Transylvania. If the main purpose was to make just and fair borders, the borders would have looked similar to what happened in the Vienna Awards. The fact that large territories with absolute Hungarian majority were given to surrounding countries points that the borders were not created for the benefit of the nationalities, but for reasons of Realpolitik.
comment Why was the movement for Austro-German unity less successful than that of Italian unity?
If Austria and Germany would now conduct a poll, and the result was "yes for unification", I doubt that the countries which made up the Allies in WW2 would invade them. So such a poll would not fail because of this. It would fail because the current political climate in Germany is centered around not saying absolutely anything which could be turned by someone into an accusation of neo-nazism.
comment Why did archery not make a comeback when armor was phased out in the 18th century?
This is an exception, not an explanation. Had most Allied soldiers been carrying bows and broadswords instead of guns, the Germans would have won WW II.
comment Which religion was the first monotheistic one?
"Bible contains a number of references assuming and even affirming the existence of other gods" - no, it contains references to people worshiping other gods, and tells us how unacceptable that is. Mentioning that some people worship other gods is not the same as accepting the existence of other gods! If an atheist mentions that some people worship God, that does not mean that this atheist just affirmed the existence of God. While the sources cited in this answer are interesting, the answer seems to cherry-pick only those sources which have the agenda of "proving" that Judaism was polytheistic.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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)
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.
comment How did commoners in late medieval to early modern Europe learn to read?
@FelixGoldberg : There was a time, before the Reformation, when all or almost all peasants were illiterate. I don't think anyone contests this. Then there was a time period I don't know exactly when, when a lot of peasants (even if not all) were literate. (I think somewhere around the 18th - early 19th century, depending on the region). Now, between those two time periods, there had to be a time when some (even if just a few) peasants started to learn to read. So when was it, and who was teaching them?
comment How did commoners in late medieval to early modern Europe learn to read?
@FelixGoldberg: yes, but when? I know that before the Reformation no (or almost no) peasants could read and write, and even after that a lot could not read or write, but literacy still increased in that time period for the case of peasants, even if only by a very small margin. The question is: who was teaching them?
comment How did commoners in late medieval to early modern Europe learn to read?
All this I know, but the question is, who was teaching the lower classes to read in the period before the introduction of modern schools. While craftsmen were not among the poorest of the poor, there was no reason for them to go to schools in the middle ages, as only those who wanted to become priests did go to school. I'm interested in lower education (just the basics to read and write for peasants), not about the higher education (theology, philosophy, etc.).