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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".
Feb
9
comment Is taking away decorations of traitors a normal modus operandi?
Huh? Sanders was Kerry supporter. Obama's administration was the one who decided on revoking the Silver Star. How is that possibly politically motivated? I'd buy that if it happened under Bush... but not 3 years into Obama years.
Feb
5
comment At which times did a mainly Jewish sovereign state control Jerusalem?
@LennartRegebro - Gauls, like Celts and Anglos and Saxons, got conquered and mixed up. That's why I explicitly excluded states where ethnicity DID change like England or France from my comment.
Feb
2
comment At which times did a mainly Jewish sovereign state control Jerusalem?
@LennartRegebro - That is exactly why I took issue with the question. "Jewish" can mean either religion OR ethnicity. Just like Romans, Scots, Nordic countries or Russians didn't change their ethnicity when they went a vastly greater jump from paganism to Christianity, Jews didn't change their ethnicity when they went from proto-Judaism to final version.
Feb
2
comment At which times did a mainly Jewish sovereign state control Jerusalem?
@LennartRegebro - "Jewish" != "Modern form of Judaism". Same as "Roman" encompasses both Christian period and pagan one, without calling either of them "NOT" Roman. Admittedly, it's the fault of the question by using a squishy and ill-defined term "Jewish".
Feb
2
comment At which times did a mainly Jewish sovereign state control Jerusalem?
@LennartRegebro - you said "Where only the last two can be called Jewish in any reasonable sense". Your facts are on the nose. Your conclusion does NOT follow from your facts.
Feb
2
comment What is known about early history of Judaism?
#4 makes sense even unsourced. At the risk of taking a swipe at the current Israeli internal politics, people who work to feed themselves for a living in pre-feudal society don't have the luxury of having a huge proportion of population sitting around all day and studying. But I'm a bit skeptical re: Ashkenazi only roots, since modern Sphardim have the same idea. Perhaps ask on Judaism.SE?
Jan
31
comment At which times did a mainly Jewish sovereign state control Jerusalem?
Sorry, -1 for reasons described by @Michael, despite good fact finding. The decision to consider Israel and Judah as "not jewish" seems really unreasonable, subjective and wrong. For a random argument against, would you discount Roman soveregnity over Rome because they adopted Christianity later on, so changed a lot more drastically?
Jan
28
comment Why did the Streltsy in Russia have no summer uniform?
@LennartRegebro - valid consideration. E.f. Buff coats etc...
Jan
28
comment Why did the Streltsy in Russia have no summer uniform?
@sds - the one when people walk around in t-shirts and shorts