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Jan
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revised When did the term “Nationality” first come into use? How did ancient civilizations refer to themselves? By ethnicity?
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Jan
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Jan
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answered When did the term “Nationality” first come into use? How did ancient civilizations refer to themselves? By ethnicity?
Jan
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Dec
24
comment What's the story behind Christmas?
You might be interrested by a theory linking Christmas as the 25th of December and the cult of sol invictus, Constantine's god, but even before him, Elagabalus' god. From sol invictus, you can go back to Harpocrates (Horus the younger). See especially how the date of the 25th of December was selected. More generally, you can have a look at the book "Christ in Egypt, the Horus-Jesus connection"; controversial but interresting.
Dec
15
comment How does Göbekli Tepe fit into the current picture of society development?
I can't agree more. I can't remember the source but I've read that a genetic mutation of a particular species of wheat (in which the grains stay longer on the ear once ripe) has been traced back a few kilometers away from Göbekli Tepe only. here is a wikipedia source actually. I personally believe that the spread of the megalithic civilization typical of the European Atlantic facade, from the South northwards, also maps to the spread of agriculture.
Nov
13
comment How did France worsen its relationship with Turkey?
@DVK, It's always been like this. Summary: 1/ Groups exist to compete against each other 2/ subgroups/entities/individuals compete against each other for the dominance of the parent group. 3/ apply recursively. Yet in a low-threat-collaboration-friendly environment "Nice guys finish first" ;-) and this is what our world is quickly becoming. On the other hand "preventive strike" is the best example of self fulfilling prophecy. Hence the need for Game Theory... But I do see your point - at my age one's angel wings are somewhat worn out ;-)
Nov
13
comment How did France worsen its relationship with Turkey?
@DVK Sociobiology shows that tribalism plays out as an evolutionary advantages to both groups and individuals. With the advent of the Global Village more and more people feel their ultimate tribe is no less than humankind (which explains why warmongering is perceived as unhelpful). Weimar Republic crowds can be excused for having no real sense of the Global Village. We can't. Morality: Working in telecoms or the media, blogging, communicating with your kind is an efficient way of making mankind efficient and more in control of its own destiny and of that of its tiny cosmic raft: planet Earth.
Oct
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Sep
13
comment Madness in the early modern era (pre-enlightenment, Habsburg monarchy)
Also cited in the book I refer to in my previous comment, and by the same authors (mother and son, both psychiatrists) the sourcebook "Three Hundred Years of Psychiatry (1535-1860)".
Sep
13
comment Madness in the early modern era (pre-enlightenment, Habsburg monarchy)
Although this book deals with a period slightly more recent than the one you're after, I can only recommend the paperback "George III and the Mad-business". Using King George's condition, it comprehensively addresses the economical, medical and political aspects of how madness was dealt with at the turn of the 19th century. I'm not too sure how easy it is to get hold of a copy 20+ years after its publication though.
Aug
9
comment How did France worsen its relationship with Turkey?
@T.E.D. Very true! But I honestly think it's also a matter of social class within each country. Xenophobia is very much a thing that goes hand in hand with poor education. The French upper class is largely Anglophile and my feeling is that the English upper class is conversely quite Francophile as well (see Edward VII for instance). As the education level rises in many countries, demagogue politicians shall hopefully need to be more thoughtful as time goes by. Thx for the edition btw.
Aug
9
answered How did France worsen its relationship with Turkey?
Jul
29
comment When did European building interiors partitioned into rooms become commonplace?
@Luke, sorry was on part 1 (here on youtube). Around minute 7/15.
Jul
29
comment When did European building interiors partitioned into rooms become commonplace?
@Luke. There was a nice series about this topic and many more on the BBC a few years ago. The name of this 4 parts documentary was If Walls Could Talk: An Intimate History of the Home. The video is hard to find but the book isn't. The author is Lucy Worsley. Recommended. I believe mgb's answer is part of the reasons. Adding to the fact that some privacy was appreciated once you had a second room in the house (Part 2/4).
Jul
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Jul
26
answered Why is the Ping Yuen river in Hong Kong called River Ganges?
Jul
25
comment Why is the Ping Yuen river in Hong Kong called River Ganges?
The answer is in the Chinese version of the wikipedia article. But basically you're right - although the true role of these Indian staff is not completely clear to me ("測量師" Exploring the potential of the New Territories for culture ? Opium ?). Somebody take it from here ;-)
Jul
20
comment Why is Dravidian history ignored?
-1. The article you cite and the various claims it contains should not fool an "amateur with an interest in history". S.R. Rao's claim that the Phoenician alphabet is an evol of the Harappan script is ludicrous: the filiation of the Phoenician alphabet from Egyptian hieroglyphs is well established. Plus I don't understand how "a distinguished linguist" can claim that a 4000 or even 400 signs only script "does not use vowels". That's a lot of consonants to pronounce if this is not a syllabic or ideographic script. In addition to all the args pointed out by @Anixx (which are not his "opinion").