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Mar
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comment How would Eastern European emigres have traveled across Eastern Europe to Warsaw in the early 20thC?
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Mar
18
comment Why did the Germans fall behind the Americans in the development of the atomic bomb after an initial lead?
There were plenty of non-Jewish scientists working on nukes.
Mar
18
revised What percentage of Jews were in “finance” (money-lenders) throughout Middle Ages?
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Mar
18
comment What percentage of Jews were in “finance” (money-lenders) throughout Middle Ages?
As a side note - I would personally exclude tax collector Jews who were frequent in Eastern Europe in 16th or 17th century, since they were not really money lenders, anymore than someone working for IRS is considered to be in "finance" today.
Mar
18
asked What percentage of Jews were in “finance” (money-lenders) throughout Middle Ages?
Mar
18
comment Why did Jews not immigrate to the Muslim world?
@T.E.D. - a very small minority of Jews (I'm tempted to snark "1%") were money lenders. This doesn't even remotely explain the rest "99%" of the non-financier ones. There were a lot more Tevie the milkmen than Abrabanels.
Mar
18
comment Why did Jews not immigrate to the Muslim world?
@Drux - Most likely, Moslems' preference of Jews to Christians stemmed from very easy practicality - the former posed ZERO threat to Moslem world, being geopolitically a big thin nobody, whereas Christians posed a lot of threat, ever since Moslem expansion brought them into direct fighting against Christendom.
Mar
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18
reviewed No Action Needed How far could an English war bow shoot?
Mar
18
reviewed No Action Needed Italian History from 1870-1913: Why did Italy have such a hard time becoming a Great Power like Germany
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18
reviewed Reviewed What role did the Ancient Samurai heritage play on Modern Japan during WW2?
Mar
17
comment It wasn't thought that Jesus was Jewish until the Renaissance?
Many, if not most, Russians didn't and still don't have a clue that Jesus was Jewish. The typical opinion of an average Russian about Jewish people is "they crucified our Christ" ("они распяли нашего христа")
Mar
16
comment Why did native Americans and Europeans mix in South America but not in North America?
@DarekWędrychowski - too lazy to dig out references, frankly. I'm in a weekend state of mind :) Whoever feels like working hard is welcome to take these and run with them.
Mar
16
comment Why did native Americans and Europeans mix in South America but not in North America?
Another factor that may have influenced it is that both Spanish and Portugese were a lot more used to interracial dealings due to exposure to Moors and Sephardi Jews (as long as the latter converted to Catholicism, and weren't marranos or moriscos), compared to French or English or Dutch.
Mar
16
comment Why did native Americans and Europeans mix in South America but not in North America?
@Anixx- there's probably some truth to that, but most likely not the way you meant. Catholics were a lot more forceful about converting South American natives to Christianity - which meant that to Catholic Caucasians, they were "religiously" valid marriageable match. The degree of conversion in North America was significantly less - due to less prozelytizing (especially via the sword) nature of Protestantism. This meant that "heathen" North American natives weren't acceptable marriage matches to Christian. Remember that racism was a lot less of a factor in that time frame compared to religion.
Mar
16
comment Why did native Americans and Europeans mix in South America but not in North America?
An additional consideration is that North American natives look a lot less distinctive from caucasians, so any mixed offspring - especially diluted - would very likely look caucasian enough that you wouldn't know that mixing occurred. And given the historical discrimination, anyone of mixed blood who could pass for a non-native would prefer to do so, over many generations. Which means you're probably undercounting the mixing in North America.
Mar
16
comment Why did native Americans and Europeans mix in South America but not in North America?
North American natives weren't as conductive to mixing being largely nomadic. South American ones were a lot more setted.
Mar
15
comment Who turned the (originally) “anti-slavery” GOP into the “pro-business” party?
BTW, when you speak of the "party of big business", I assume you don't consider the following as "big business": Big Law; Hollywood (which is both owned by, and heavily championed by, Democrars), or pretty much all entertainment industry, or Big Data (Facebook, Google et al) which tremendously benefit from tax laws supported by Democrats as far as offshore taxes.
Mar
15
comment Which cultures did *not* produce alcohol?
@kubanczyk - wonder if the similar cultures in asian parts of Russia have similar pattern, e.g. Yakuts or Aleuts in Russia, or Chukchi
Mar
15
comment Which cultures did *not* produce alcohol?
@Canageek - you do realize that many non-US cultures offucially call them Eskimos in their native language, right (e.g. in russian). Let's tone down on useless political correctness.