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Jan
27
reviewed Reject suggested edit on During attack by Wahhabi Muslims of Saudi on Karbala city in Iraq, how many Shia Muslims were killed?
Jan
25
comment Number of humans that are killed by Alexander and Genghis Khan?
I have seen an estimate of "millions" for Horde victims. The source was a fiction book (obviously with no citations), but the author was a historian by trade, and one with an unusually respectful attitude for the Horde.
Jan
23
comment Has the existence of a matriarchal society really been discredited?
Just to be clear, Wiki doesn't seem to be very helpful as far as details. I added their cite.
Jan
23
revised Has the existence of a matriarchal society really been discredited?
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Jan
22
revised Is there a civilization that never believed in God in the ancient times?
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Jan
22
answered Is there a civilization that never believed in God in the ancient times?
Jan
22
comment Heads of state convicted in international court
@gerrit - possible. English can be imprecise :( We should all switch to C
Jan
22
comment Isn't there any positive legacy of the Mongolian occupation in Russia?
Never read "Holm van Zaichik" stuff but read good reviews
Jan
22
comment Heads of state convicted in international court
@gerrit - it could be merely an English hprasing problem... they were not necessarily implying that any heads of state WERE convicted at that time
Jan
22
comment Isn't there any positive legacy of the Mongolian occupation in Russia?
Which is kind of strange and unfortunate, given that Mongols had in abundance the incredible ideas they could have taught Russians which were centuries ahead of their times and completely lacking in Russian culture even now (religious tolerance, meritocracy, low-level military tactical initiative).
Jan
19
comment What are the counterarguments to calling German nazism a right-wing movement?
@NathanCooper - No, that's not freedom. Freedom is EXPRESSLY from the government. You have the freedom not to choose an employer with bad insurance. You do NOT have the made-up fake "freedom" or "right" to steal other people's money to pay for health insurance you wish.
Jan
19
comment What are the counterarguments to calling German nazism a right-wing movement?
@NathanCooper - "low personal freedom" has nothing to do with "right wing". Guess who had more personal freedom - USSR citien or USA citizen in 1950s? Guess which wing Libertarians are considered today? Guess which party wants to curb MY personal freedoms of expression (PC), right to bear arms (gun control), freedom of association (sanctions on, say, Boy Scouts), freedom of religoion (requirement for Catholics to subsitie abortion).
Jan
18
comment Do we consider Carthage as belonging to a different civilization from the Phoenician one?
@YannisRizos - the point is that "civilization" is not really defined precisely enough to be able to answer with an unambiguous "yes" and "no". Your own answer is a great answer to "What were the differences and similarities", but doesn't contain unequivocal "yes/no" proof, because it just can't be done
Jan
18
answered Historical examples of secessionist movements fighting alongside their de jure governments
Jan
18
answered Does Genghish Khan Worship Tengri?
Jan
17
comment Which is the first genocide?
I'm voting -1 because the answer is obvious from Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genocides_in_history (and both current answers indeed list information found there). It's not a bad question, just a bit trivial, so I will make sure to +1 one of your more worthy posts to balance.
Jan
17
comment Which is the first genocide?
Also, are you including gendercide? Are you including theories floated that Neanderthals were victims of genocide?
Jan
17
comment Which is the first genocide?
The first time a pride of chimps/protohumans wiped out a neighbouriung pride of apes. And yes, chimps still practice homicide today. More seriously, the first genocide was likely the first inter-tribe warfare. Well before invention of writing.
Jan
17
answered Historical/legendary/mythological accounts that turned out to be true
Jan
17
comment Historical/legendary/mythological accounts that turned out to be true
Does Troy count? :)