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...P.S. I'm not really 42. But 42 is way cooler than a real answer :)

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Apr
7
comment Was any significant percentage of Mongol army infantry?
Sources? .. ....
Feb
24
comment Did the communication lag become a problem for the ever expanding Roman Empire?
This answer could benefit from some citations and/or examples
Feb
24
comment What is the difference between a professional historian and an amateur?
@PieterGeerkens - I think the opposing terminology would be not professional vs. amateur but professional vs diletante
Feb
24
comment Why did France make an alliance with the Kingdom of Sardinia-Piedmont in the 1850's?
@FelixGoldberg - the Savoyyards being in power places all over preceded the throne thing, IIRC
Feb
24
comment How did the United States avoid (or recover from) post revolution corruption?
It was one of the major complaints. See the answer here: politics.stackexchange.com/a/1575/115
Feb
24
comment How did the United States avoid (or recover from) post revolution corruption?
-1. First of all, the question was about post-revolution corruption. Unless same puppet rulers that British installed in Ghana ran the country post-revolution, this answer isn't applicable. Second, while less important, you're also mistaken about USA. One of the major issues leading up to the Boston Tea Party was the fact that British insisted on naming the local governors (AND paying them out of Tounshend duties, specifically to remove their dependence on colonials).
Feb
24
comment How did the United States avoid (or recover from) post revolution corruption?
@Guest - um. NO. Poverty doesn't cause corruption. (it does work the other direction causally, though).
Feb
24
comment Did the Roman Empire extend as far north as the Romans could grow wine?
Georgia isn't very conductive to legions as terrain :)
Feb
21
comment What percentage of Jews were in “finance” (money-lenders) throughout Middle Ages?
This seems based on incorrect assumption: that all loan consumers were the same. A random prince would consume a lot more (multiple orders of magnitude), especially for war expenses, than a merchant or a farmer
Feb
21
comment What were the business models of real estate development in ancient Rome?
unless they force you to use their services instead of looking for the estate on your own, they are fulfilling your (customer's) need. If you didn't need them you'd not pay them.
Feb
21
comment What percentage of Jews were in “finance” (money-lenders) throughout Middle Ages?
To whoever's upvoting - please note that the question asked "how many". The answer gives a random number but doesn't back it up in any way.
Feb
21
comment What are some indicators that distinguish pseudo-history from actual history?
"It is accurate to say that Lord Jeffery Amherst advocated biological warfare against Indians, but there is no evidence that any infected blankets were distributed at his command. For more about Lord Jeffery Amherst's military career, see Professor Kevin Sweeney's article "The Very Model of a Modern Major General." For a detailed examination of Amherst's role in the Fort Pitt smallpox episode, see "The British, the Indians, and Smallpox: What Actually Happened at Fort Pitt in 1763?" by Philip Ranlet." (src: amherst.edu/library/archives/faq#lordjeff)
Feb
21
comment What are some indicators that distinguish pseudo-history from actual history?
Y'know, in a generally great post about citing sources and such, it would help if you didn't propagate a (I'll be generous here) unsupported conclusion as an example. Much as the man's ideas are repulsive, Amhurst did not "brag" about having given the blankets. As a matter of fact, if you read the letters, there's zero proof they were given in the letters aside from proposing the idea: straightdope.com/columns/read/1088/…
Feb
19
comment Where Can I Find Copies of the Richmond Enquirer?
@T.E.D. - should this be explicitly discussed on Meta so we have a well enounciated policy on "where do I find material X" ontopicness?
Feb
19
comment What percentage of Jews were in “finance” (money-lenders) throughout Middle Ages?
@Guest - and what does that statement have to do with my question?
Feb
18
comment What percentage of Jews were in “finance” (money-lenders) throughout Middle Ages?
@Guest - give me a non-lender-Jew portrayal in popular literature of the times?
Feb
17
comment Is there any research on specific details of ancient/medieval blacksmithing related to microelements added via plants?
Oh, I definitely don't imply that it was NOT dumb luck if they discovered that some technique worked (without realizing that the reason for it working was doping). Question is, DID they or did they not have known techniques that (a) are known to have been used consistently and (b) can be explain as "this worked because it doped the metal with this microelement".
Feb
15
comment At what point did Soviet armored units have qualitative parity with Wehrmacht armored units?
Good answer but needs sources!
Feb
12
comment Was Vietnam war ever officially condemned in the US?
Courts don't have a say in the war.
Feb
9
comment Can the new testament be a valid historical record on the real life of Jesus?
"why it was carried out" lacking agreement seems completely irrelevant as to whether the event occured. By your logic, US never invaded Iraq in 2003 because sources fully disagree on "why".