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Aug
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comment What is the origin of the American stereotype that Polish people lack intelligence?
Ironically the same C20th circumstances gave the opposite stereotype in Britain. Poland was the brave little country that fought the Nazis and then the USSR. When a British far-right party used an image of a Spitfire in a campaign and it turned out to actually be a Free Polish Airforce ace, they lost all their support by implying that attacking the role of Poland in WWII was in any way "British".
Aug
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Aug
7
revised What are the known facts about the Great Pyramid of Cheops (Giza)?
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Aug
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Aug
6
comment Was the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan one of the major reasons that led to the fall of Soviet Union?
I'm sure the staff colleges of the west are full of analysis on the topic, but I don't think a low intensity little war had a big effect on the USSR.
Aug
6
answered Robert Hookes Diary - Why would he have bought and drunk Vomit?
Aug
6
comment Was the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan one of the major reasons that led to the fall of Soviet Union?
What makes you think it was a reason ?
Aug
4
comment What would a Norseman in the early 11th century have worn as daily clothing?
hurstwic.org/history/articles/daily_living/text/clothing.htm
Aug
3
comment What are the known facts about the Great Pyramid of Cheops (Giza)?
@T.E.D. - I'm not sure how sensitive the result is. A building that is 1:1.5 is too short and squat, one that is 1:1.8 is too tall. So anything around 1.62 looks good - I don't know if 1.6 or 1.65 would necessarily look too bad (although US paper size are wrong!)
Aug
2
comment Continent-wide common languages in human history
@MonsterTruck - Greek wasn't widely spoken as a first language, But it would be known by some people everywhere, either as a trading language (Macedonia-Roman period) or a scholarly language (Medieval). So a book written in Greek might be read anywhere in Europe - at least in monasteries.
Aug
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revised What are the known facts about the Great Pyramid of Cheops (Giza)?
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Aug
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answered What are the known facts about the Great Pyramid of Cheops (Giza)?
Jul
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answered When did European building interiors partitioned into rooms become commonplace?
Jul
24
comment At what point did mapmaking begin to accurately reflect what we now know about the earth?
@LennartRegebro - well who wants to visit a bunch of hairy barbarians anyway? The maps were drawn by/for trading voyagers and few of them got that far (or few came back)
Jul
17
comment Why are the police never responsible for guarding the Head of the State?
Outside the USA most police are national rather than local, and often the anti-terrorist/intelligence agencies are part of the police
Jul
12
answered At what point did mapmaking begin to accurately reflect what we now know about the earth?
Jun
25
comment What is the Macedonian naming dispute really about?
@Rory - and that isn't true of every other 'religous' dispute since Ogg the caveman argued about the sun god?
Jun
23
comment When was cannabis legalized in the Netherlands?
Most 'recreational' drugs were only banned in the moral outrage era of prohibition. In WWI heroin and cocaine could be bought freely in London
Jun
22
comment Which European countries did not have a revolution in the aftermath of the French Revolution and why?
@MoziburUllah - I think the picture is that the English civil war 'failed' since we got a king back. While the French revolution 'succeeded' in spite of them getting a succession of monarchs/emperors
Jun
20
comment What was Finland's position in World War Two?
Possibly fairer to say that the Finns were caught in the middle. Russia wanted the territory and there wasn't much else they could do.