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Jan
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comment Early medieval urban development
@anixx - didn't there stop being a Rome around 475?
Dec
31
comment Early medieval urban development
@anixx - I thought Venice was built C6 by people hiding in the swamps after Rome fell and barbarian hordes were arriving?
Dec
31
comment Early medieval urban development
But are there any major medieval cities that weren't originally Roman? I can only think of Venice
Dec
29
comment What are some of the Egyptian pyramid building theories?
Putting the big end at the bottom and placing less blocks on each layer as you go up were the major theoretical breakthroughs
Dec
15
comment Why wasn't the Republic of Ireland invaded (by either side) in WW2?
@Noldorin - I think mercenary implies that they fought for whichever side paid more and didn't care about the issues. they deserted the Irish army because Ireland refused to fight Hitler. Calling them mercenaries is like calling Americans who went to Britain to fight before Pearl Harbour "terrorists". ( A British politician had to apologise to Polish WWII vets after saying that foreign fighters in wars - meaning Afghanistan - were all terrorists)
Dec
15
comment Why wasn't the Republic of Ireland invaded (by either side) in WW2?
The Irish troops weren't mercenaries an more than the Free-French or Polish troops allied to the British army were. These volunteers were later treated badly by the irish government bbc.co.uk/news/uk-16287211
Dec
12
comment Wiliam Wallace vs. Robert Bruce: Why Did One Win and One Lose?
@spiceyokooko - yes there comes a point where it's so wet that bows are useless (Scotland in summer) but I don't think it would be impossible for archers to keep a bow functioning for the short time needed to expand all their arrows in typical volley. The point (somewhat off topic now) is that a sinew bow fails to work most of the time anywhere north of the alps.
Dec
12
comment Wiliam Wallace vs. Robert Bruce: Why Did One Win and One Lose?
@spiceyokooko - compound bows are more efficient mechanically but Yew bows still work when the wood is cold and wet. It's easier to keep the replaceable string dry than an entire bow.
Dec
12
comment Was the Titanic tragedy at least partly avoidable?
@quant_dev - yes the incident was a fiasco. Party because nobody expected such a sinking to be survivable and so there was no training,plan or drills. I was just making a point that it wasn't as if we only made business class in a 747 crash proof!
Dec
12
comment Was the Titanic tragedy at least partly avoidable?
The historical value of the Titanic is that so many people survived and so lots of stories were told about the event. In the century before ships just didn't arrive - nobody knew what had happened. So there wasn't a focus on accidents/safety/lifeboat drills that we have now. This isn't as odd as you think - even into the 1960s most cars (except Volvo) weren't designed/sold with any safety consideration - it was assumed that in a crash you would die. In 20years we will be shocked that people flew in aircraft that didn't have smokehoods, fire suppression systems and backup remote control.
Dec
12
comment How would you accurately use older British currencies when writing a story?
"The British resisted decimalized currency for a long time because they thought it was too complicated" T Pratchett
Dec
10
comment Why was the Irish War of Independence in 1918 successful when other revolts failed?
@FelixGoldberg - there were minor violent revolts which were put down. But the posters claim that Britain was unable to face the challenge, post WWI, of subduing 3million Irish - while keeping 600 million Indians half a continent away under control is a bit of stretch.
Dec
9
comment Why did the kingdoms of Scotland and England merge?
It's latitude dependent: Either because Scotland was bust and desperate, or England was a big nasty bully
Dec
3
comment Why were ancient cities protected by walls?
@DjangoReinhardt - medieval farming was more subsistence so a lot more varied than modern monolithic fields of wheat with two harvests a year. So there would be peas, beans vegetables as well as cattle pasture. Most of this is worth gathering at any time. But the important part is to deny any sort of food or fodder to the invaders.
Dec
3
comment Why were ancient cities protected by walls?
@DjangoReinhardt - you would harvest what crops you could and burn everything else - especially anything that could feed horses. A medieval army has 1000s of valuable horse requiring tons of fodder, if the knight can't feed his horse (his own valuable property) he isn't going to stay.
Dec
2
comment Why were ancient cities protected by walls?
Remember (before c1500)the person that owns the farm is the lord in the castle. The peasants working them are little more than slaves - you can always import new peasants after the attackers left.
Nov
17
comment What other countries besides the US participated in keeping African slaves?
@luke see link in the comment - will edit the answer
Oct
4
comment Which arm was the shield held in?
@T.E.D. the spiral stairs in castles curled up clockwise so that right handed defenders (coming down) have an advantage over right handed attackers (going up). So a left handed attacker would have an advantage
Sep
27
comment Can Bill Clinton run for president of France?
@T.E.D. - But only one intern - I don't think that qualifies him to even be a local councilor in Italy
Sep
27
comment Can Bill Clinton run for president of France?
I think since he denied having an affair he probably fails some French presidential law on gross moral turpitude - or at least gross discourtesy to a women.