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Jan
21
comment Why has bidet use not spread to the northern countries of Europe?
I guess because it is really unpleasant to sweat on your genitals (so it's not related t history). In colder climates sweating in general is less of a problem. I'd also risk a connected observation that we have less cultural preference towards perfumes and deodorants. On some occasions I've found them unbearably, and I mean UNBEARABLY, strong in southern countries.
Jan
21
comment What are the counterarguments to calling German nazism a right-wing movement?
@Drux I'd +10 if I could. Until this is ill-defined (or well-defined but centered around modern US politics) this question sure has my close-as-nonconstructive vote .
Jan
21
comment What are the counterarguments to calling German nazism a right-wing movement?
@Nathan Cooper A comment. Nolan chart says Nazism is not right-wing, which is, I believe, central point of the question.
Jan
21
comment Aside from the Jews, did Hitler have a final solution plan for other ethnicities/races in the Third Reich?
@J. Katzwinkel OK, I retract "purely accidental". I've really meant: the ethnicity wasn't a criterion of Anne's definition at all. Also, I've misused the quotes for cats - cats are my own paraphrase.
Jan
21
comment Aside from the Jews, did Hitler have a final solution plan for other ethnicities/races in the Third Reich?
It was Anne Applebaum, I believe, who defined totalitarian regime by the following characteristic loop: pick a minority from your population based on whatever factor, classify them as non-humans, persecute, repeat for another minority. That factor in this case was ethnicity, would be, for her, purely accidental. Next factor could be "people who owned cats".
Jan
17
reviewed Leave Open Historical/legendary/mythological accounts that turned out to be true
Jan
17
comment Was Alexander the Great Greek or Macedonian?
@Drux "Know somebody who may know the answer ..." goes through your email client, not via some anonymized SE email. And it does show only on new questions. As soon as at least one answer is added by anyone, it disappears.
Jan
17
comment To what extent did Native American cultures develop metalworking for tools and weapons?
@Owen Blacker You misquote "Guns...". The book clearly says there were developed agricultural civilizations (Aztec, Mayan, Inca, Missisipi-valley), so you cannot answer that "hunter-gatherer cultures in the Americas did not have the food surpluses".
Jan
17
revised When did the term “Nationality” first come into use? How did ancient civilizations refer to themselves? By ethnicity?
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Jan
15
comment Was the Napoleonic era cavalry armour effective against firearms?
@Saradathrion Wrong and wrong.
Jan
15
comment Are modern Greeks related to the ancient Greeks?
I don't get the importance of genetics here? Linguistics are far more established way to estimate the cultural inheritance (or lack thereof) among the common people.
Jan
15
comment Upper-class male cohabitation in mid-19th century USA
This just in: Sherlock Holmes Widely Considered the First Gay Detective!
Jan
15
comment Was the Napoleonic era cavalry armour effective against firearms?
Pure physics. Compare musket with a modern rifle. Which one needs more kinetic energy to achieve given aiming accuracy? What happens with this kinetic energy after hitting the target?
Jan
14
reviewed Leave Open Did loot from the 4th Crusade turn up in interesting places?
Jan
14
comment Was Alexander the Great Greek or Macedonian?
@FelixGoldberg Well, "language is a dialect with an army and navy" :)
Jan
14
comment When did the term “Nationality” first come into use? How did ancient civilizations refer to themselves? By ethnicity?
In which of the current definitions of the term "nationality" are you interested in?
Jan
11
revised Battle of Vienna & Morean War : what was Russia's position?
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Jan
11
answered Battle of Vienna & Morean War : what was Russia's position?
Jan
8
reviewed Leave Open What is the historicity of the film “Revolution.com - USA: The Conquest of the East”?
Jan
8
comment What are the social preconditions for division of labour, when compared in different emerging civilizations?
I can only agree with the comment. But neither OP or me tried to strip you of your rights or your freedom. Both OP and me tried to discourage a certain behavior.