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Feb
16
comment Why did English become Lingua Franca of the modern world?
@Matthew Read common people do not speak English, English is lingua franca for those who want international communication or build a carrier.
Feb
15
answered Why did English become Lingua Franca of the modern world?
Feb
15
awarded  Nice Answer
Feb
13
comment Today, how accurate and balanced is Paul Johnson's book *History of the Jews*?
"Jewish people believed so much that they were a special people, protected by God, that they evolved into one and survived" - from today's perpective it is a completely wrong claim. Ethnic Jews were not any more devoted than any other peoples. But those who converted were not called "Jews" any more. So the word "Jews" became reserved for the most devoted group out of all ethnic Jews.
Feb
13
awarded  Revival
Feb
12
accepted Did the USSR invite other astronauts of Apollo 11 besides Armstrong?
Feb
10
comment Why did the USSR give Crimea to Ukraine?
"уймись, дурак" mans "stop, fool".
Feb
10
comment Why did the USSR preserve the national republics?
@Felix Goldberg possibly he asks about drawing the borders: whether they should be along the ethnic lines.
Feb
9
comment When and where was salt as valuable as gold?
Why salt cannot be just taken from sea water by evaporating it?
Feb
9
accepted What are the reasons why the capital of Turkey is Ankara rather than Istanbul?
Feb
8
asked What are the reasons why the capital of Turkey is Ankara rather than Istanbul?
Feb
4
revised What is the oldest regulation in the world regarding a head of state?
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Feb
3
revised What is the oldest regulation in the world regarding a head of state?
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Feb
3
answered What is the oldest regulation in the world regarding a head of state?
Jan
30
revised Why did the US drop nuclear bombs on a weakened Japan?
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Jan
30
comment Why Napoleon was not executed or imprisoned?
I very much doubt that "execution of aristocracy" was somehow prohibited at the time especially given the grave crimes.
Jan
27
awarded  Nice Answer
Jan
25
comment What were the thoughts of the Celts, Romans and other ancient European people about the standing stones which survive from prehistoric times?
They mostly would rely on the local legends I think.
Jan
23
comment Why Nazism selected Hindu Symbol Swastika as their symbol?
Proof that Swastika belongs to "Proto-Indo-European belief system"? -1
Jan
22
comment How compare the rights and conditions of the American slaves to those of Russian serfs?
@jwenting formally they were not owned at all, what was owned is land, with people "attached" to it.