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Jun
20
comment Why are the “Three Musketeers” called musketeers?
the Musketeers weren't fictional.
Jun
8
comment Why did Martin Luther hate the Jews?
@Anixx - I don't think you can call Protestantism or Catholicism separate faiths, even though there definitely was cross persecution, especially around first half of 17th century
May
9
comment Why is no one claiming the title of Caliph?
This is a good answer buit I also wonder why none of the Sunni state leaders did that, since they don't face the same religious restriction.
May
8
comment Mouse as an Ancient Remedy - Official Critique
@SamuelRussell - slightly reworded, it'd be a good fit for Skeptics.SE
May
8
comment Are there instances where collective farming has actually brought benefit to the population
You can have collective farming in a local context in any larger scale system (feudalism, socialism, whatever-the-hell-aism that Israel had in 1950s for economic system)
Apr
29
comment Did King Porus's men use snake poison against Alexander's troops?
While it's impossible to verify authenticity, the answer itself is good with excellent reference, so it doesn't really matter if the real author was or was not posting it.
Apr
29
comment Was the penal system used to colonise Australia?
+1 for "due to a local uprising there in 1776"
Apr
29
comment What motivated Germanic tribes to accept Christianity?
@kubanczyk - the party line taught in Soviet schools was that they embraced it since it helped pacify the oppressed classes (mostly slaves) by promising them a better lot in afterlife
Apr
29
comment What was the attitude of Mongols to conquered peoples?
It'd probably be a good idea to look at Chinese sources. They had less incentive to lie about Mongols.
Apr
29
comment What was the attitude of Mongols to conquered peoples?
Good answer but would benefit from sources
Apr
21
comment Historical examples of replacing blood heir by impostor?
@andy256 - there are always witnesses to things. Who tend to leave memoirs. Or genetic research. I don't see it as even remotely impossible to discover.
Apr
20
comment Historical examples of replacing blood heir by impostor?
@PieterGeerkens: from Wikipedia: "Catherine, although not descended from any previous Russian emperor, succeeded her husband as Empress Regnant. She followed the precedent established when Catherine I (born in the lower classes in the Swedish East Baltic territories) succeeded her husband Peter the Great in 1725.==== Historians debate Catherine's technical status, seeing her as a Regent or as a usurper, tolerable only during the minority of her son, Grand Duke Paul". Note that there's no dispute that she legitimately ascended to the throne in 1762.
Apr
20
comment Historical examples of replacing blood heir by impostor?
@PieterGeerkens - Again, imposter implies pretending to be some other person. NOT holding a post under your own name, whether illegitimately or legitimately. Now, if Catherine held the post by pretending to be an offspring of Romanoffs (as opposed to a wife), that'd be an imposter; but I don't recall her doing so.
Apr
20
comment Historical examples of replacing blood heir by impostor?
@PieterGeerkens - "imposter" - "One who engages in deception under an assumed name or identity" implies that the woman who Russians called Catherine wasn't actually the wife of the Tsar. Which wasn't the case Catherine, AFAIK.
Apr
20
comment Why were Albanians the only nation in the Balkans who converted to Islam during the Ottoman occupation?
Sorry, -1. While factually correct, the answer doesn't actually address the crux of the question (what was different between Albanians (and Bosnians) as opposed to the rest of Ottoman holdings in Balcans) that led to total Islamisation.
Apr
17
comment Recognition of Palestine?
@LouisRhys - Nobody criticizing Israel ever criticized Russia for keeping troops in East Germany. And almost nobody criticizing Israel criticized China for Tibet and certainly not to the point of advocating for boycoytts of China (I can probably find a tiny principled subset that does both).
Apr
17
comment Were there historical examples of “citizen's arrest” concept in history independent of British common law?
The latter. Basically, where you escaping your civilian capturer is equated to escaping real arrest
Apr
17
comment Were there historical examples of “citizen's arrest” concept in history independent of British common law?
Arrest means you're LEGALLY arrested. As in, you don't have the right to leave if you physically can.
Apr
17
comment Were there historical examples of “citizen's arrest” concept in history independent of British common law?
Sorry, I don't think these were meant to include arrest.
Apr
17
comment Were there historical examples of “citizen's arrest” concept in history independent of British common law?
@Anixx - No. задержание != Гражданский арест