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Mar
12
comment Why did Chinese use high tin bronze for swords?
This is a very informative answer, but I'm not sure it addresses the root of my question. Why was this such a big disctinction between China (using high-tin) and other non-Chinese cultures who mostly used low-tin. Was it specifically the lack of knowledge of how to create bi-metal blades?
Mar
11
comment Why did Chinese use high tin bronze for swords?
@T.E.D. - Thanks. I started out asking about Ulfberht swords, but figured that there probably wasn't enough info to answer what I had in mind - and stumbled on this tidbit researching metallurgy of sword steels (being from near-Urals, I'm a sucker for metallurgical details)
Mar
11
comment Why did Chinese use high tin bronze for swords?
Are any of those points backed up by historical evidence (e.g. ore analysis, tin resources in Europe, weapon/fighting style?
Mar
11
comment Why did Chinese use high tin bronze for swords?
Why the downvote?
Mar
10
comment Why did Catholic chruch wait for 350 years to accept “Galileo's idea”?
Also, Galileo in general tended to behave like a total a$$ and made enemies of a bunch of people. Some of them were all too happy to testify against him, just out of spite.
Mar
10
comment Why did Catholic chruch wait for 350 years to accept “Galileo's idea”?
@user37324 - it was a combination of factors. Politics - both personal, AND Vaticanish - was part of them.
Mar
6
comment Why did Hitler attack the Soviet Union when he was still busy fighting the United Kingdom?
Do you have a citation for the last sentence? I haven't heard of that factoid before
Mar
5
comment Inflation After Executive Order 6102 (FDR Leaving GoldStandard)
Or, if you're used to debunking fake medicine claims on skeptics, you might note that the economic revival may have simply naturally happened because things have hit the bottom, and revival would have happened indepenently of any claimed reasons. Causality is pretty hard to establish when you dataset is of size 1. +1 for the last paragraph.
Mar
3
comment Earliest examples of “pop culture” in history
I'm gonna guess looking at funny cats. Why ELSE would someone domesticate the bloody nuisances all those thousands of years ago?
Mar
2
comment Why did Churchill accept the Order of the Garter in 1953?
Sour grapes dissipating?
Feb
25
comment Motivation Behind the USSR Assisting China's Nuclear Program
The main threat to USSR at the time was from NATO, whereas Communist China was a natural ally. And having small scale nuke arsenal would not make China into any more of a practical threat than it already was due to demographics and geography.
Feb
24
comment Are there non-russian sources related to how Rurikid Dynasty became rulers of Russia?
then edit it to be more ontopic so I can undownvote :)
Feb
24
comment Why and how did some Germans choose to join the Stasi (Staatssicherheit)?
... free healthcare being total crap (admittedly, less of an issue in GDR than USSR)
Feb
24
comment Are there non-russian sources related to how Rurikid Dynasty became rulers of Russia?
I tried to make that explicit in the subject :) I flagged your answer for deletion so you can avoid -2 from my downvote.
Feb
24
comment Are there non-russian sources related to how Rurikid Dynasty became rulers of Russia?
I'm sorry this doesn't answer the question AT ALL. NONE of the sources mentioned there are mentioned to discuss Rurik and Rurikinds (except for a mention of Olga in one which confused her with a German tribe); only Rus as a tribe.
Feb
24
comment Why and how did some Germans choose to join the Stasi (Staatssicherheit)?
@FelixGoldberg - yes, but baring Yagod/Bedia like cleansing, at least you were safe from your neighbour writing to inform on you because he doesn't like you.
Feb
24
comment Why and how did some Germans choose to join the Stasi (Staatssicherheit)?
2. People generally support status quo. GDR wasn't an awful place to live (compared to USSR) - Germans implemented socialism in a significanly less ass-backwards way compared to USSR as far as damage inflicted on their economy.
Feb
24
comment Why and how did some Germans choose to join the Stasi (Staatssicherheit)?
1. Same reason everyone ever joined law enforcement - it's a good living, and a good job for either people who believe in law and order, or are natural bullies, or both. Plus, in a totalitarian state, being in a police gives you some minor extra protection.
Feb
24
comment Psychology in the 19th century
BTW, can you please cite a source that they taught psychology? I don't remember that as a subject, and Russian Wikipedia doesn't list it at all.
Feb
24
comment Psychology in the 19th century
They obviously didn't teach "if a crack shot duelist is trying to provoke you by insulting your wife, don't challenge him unless you're really good with pistols".