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May
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comment History of scientific regression
Probably just money - you need a lot more than the local village to pay for a aquaduct or a 1000mi road. But yes, I don't know of many big domes built after the Romans - that was probably a loss of senior engineers.
May
1
comment History of scientific regression
There was a lot of romanesque (ie using roman round arches) architecture built in the early middle ages. The end of the empire lost all the big funding and organisation for mega-projects but there were still local builders throughout the empire. And all you have to know is that if you make it round the finished arch will stay up when you pull the scaffolding out.
May
1
comment History of scientific regression
Pyramids was probably a matter of economics rather than lost knowledge.
May
1
comment History of scientific regression
I wouldn't say the roman arch was lost - it was used continually and unchanged until the superior gothic arch was invented.
Apr
29
comment When did navies stop giving out a drink ration to their sailors?
I'm not sure alcohol was ever to make up for the conditions - it was more that it was a storable and safe alternative to water
Apr
26
comment What can be considered to be the single most important reason for the decline of muslim Golden Age?
Also most of the Islamic golden age was driven by Persians - so although the Abbasid empire stretched to Spain - the cultural elite were very focused on Baghdad.
Apr
25
revised Why did Canada, Australia and New Zealand separate from UK?
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Apr
22
comment Why are the democracies of France, Israel and India rated “Flawed Democracies”?
Remember the EIU is owned by the economist newspaper and isn't exactly politically neutral. So France's low score on functioning government might be from the point of view of a foreign investment bank rather than a French citizen.
Apr
18
comment What calendar was used by the kingdom of Ireland?
The kingdom of Ireland was still run from Britain, catholics were excluded from any official office and certainly weren't in charge of making any decisions about calenders. Remember that date/time was vital for navigation and so was controlled by naval observatories with the same sort of military security that GPS has today. Any written history, court proceedings, laws, etc will almost certainly be written using British standards
Apr
18
answered What calendar was used by the kingdom of Ireland?
Apr
18
comment Why did Canada, Australia and New Zealand separate from UK?
@Saqib - yes, the "we can't" was imagining the thinking inside the govt at the time, rather than I/we the writer
Apr
18
comment Why Canada failed to emerge as a power like UK or France?
@sid - see history.stackexchange.com/questions/1785/…
Apr
17
answered Why did Canada, Australia and New Zealand separate from UK?
Apr
17
answered Why Canada failed to emerge as a power like UK or France?
Apr
17
comment Why Napoleon was not executed or imprisoned?
@Anixx, their position that recognising him as Emperor and installing him on an easily accesble island close by might be a mistake was shown to be pretty accurate in 1815! So dumping him on an island in the middle of the ocean with no rank or pirvilige to be forgotten about seems like a smart solution
Apr
17
comment Why didn't Russia help Saddam Hussein as it is helping Syria now?
saqib - sorry accidentally edited the Q - will be reverted in a few mins
Apr
17
revised Why didn't Russia help Saddam Hussein as it is helping Syria now?
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Apr
14
comment Language of Franks vs later French
Interestingly though the anglo-saxon 'invasion' is now thought to have been a very small group of people (possibly similar to the 5% franks) and yet replaced the earlier celtic/byronic languages pretty completely
Apr
12
comment Economic effects of the Cuban Revolution
Always hard to ask 'what might have happened'. An alternative might be to compare it with nearby countries with a similar area/climate/resources - like Haiti
Apr
12
comment Why Napoleon was not executed or imprisoned?
@Anixx - although there probably was a political element of not making a martyr I think there really was still a feeling that it would be dishonourable to execute the loser. Or at least a loser from a proper civilized country that fought by the rules with a proper army. Even at the end of WWI the same attitude applied