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Mar
16
comment Have Germany and Poland ever signed a peace treaty after WWII?
@Voitcus well possibly Poland as an Eastern block country did not recognize the FRG as a successor to Nazi Germany.
Mar
9
comment What is the earliest reference to “space aliens”?
@coderworks " The reason is, I wanted to see if there was a point when humans could conceive of other beings that maybe had other abilities than humans themselves but did not need to be revered." - well in that case I would say that unknown creatures from far countries were imagined more often.
Mar
9
comment Has anybody ever tried to use sea animals to pull a ship?
So it is possible. Was it used ever historically for travel/transportation/war?
Feb
18
comment Has anybody a complete list of Obelisks in the World?
Are u interested in somewhat notable obelisks? Any military cemetry or even a place of some WWII common grave would have some obelisks.
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
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
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?
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
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.
Jan
22
comment How compare the rights and conditions of the American slaves to those of Russian serfs?
According to Marx the difference is in that slaves do not possess property while serfs do.
Jan
14
comment What percentage of Jews were in “finance” (money-lenders) throughout Middle Ages?
50% is totally impossible. -1.
Jan
2
comment Why does Europe have so few skyscrapers compared to East Asia?
Asia has stronger pro-capitalist bias than the US? Are u joking?
Jan
1
comment Did it make sense for the Roman Empire to build a great wall?
They actually had a wall in central Europe, with watchtowers, checkpoints and the like. But it was of wood rather than of stone. This is because France and Germany had a lot of forests but little stone available. Good question, I vote to reopen.
Dec
31
comment Have any armies equipped/fed their officers and enlisted men equally?
Till about 1935 the USSR also had no ranks.
Dec
30
comment Why does Europe have so few skyscrapers compared to East Asia?
My flat is in a city whose name will tell u very little.
Dec
30
comment Why does Europe have so few skyscrapers compared to East Asia?
U see there are a lot of 25-storey buildings, 30-storey building, but there are few 100-storey buildings