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May
17
comment How dangerous duels were?
Tycho Brahe lost his nose in a duel so I'd guess it came with some dangers...
May
12
comment Did the Chinese Develop Steam Engines Prior to the 17th Century?
homepages.paradise.net.nz/rochelle.f/… This looks credible and doesn't say anything on China creating the steam engine. The history channel used to be good. Now all they have is a show on pawn shops :(
May
3
comment Is there a majority viewpoint for the fall of the ancient Egyptian civilization?
"But what history isn't" :)
Apr
30
comment If modern human existed for hundreds of thousands years why was writing invented only some 7000-9000 years ago?
There are two theories on how evolution works; one is that changes happen over a long period of time, a mutation occurs, the mutation doesn't kill the creature, but instead helps it, so the mutation gets passed on, and after 100000 years, the entire species has the mutation. The other theory is that something in the environment forces a many random mutations in the species, and the ones that worked get passed on. I'm not an expert in the period you are talking about, but, I'd guess that something changed in the environment and caused a mutation in the human brain to allow writing.
Apr
18
comment Why do minor political parties in the US receive so few votes?
Because no one in the USA knows the unknown candidates. I've never heard of Gloria La Riva.
Apr
8
comment In current times is it impossible to win a war if the people of invaded country are determined not to lose?
Cloutswits said that, the side most willing to give up everything will win.
Apr
5
comment If the Iraq War was because of their oil, has the US achieved their war aims
China and Russia both vetoed action in Syria because they didn't want America to think that they could over-through any government they felt like. +1.
Apr
4
comment What happens after a widespread social chaos?
You speak of political freedom as if its holy and of utmost importance, and yet, many states might be benefited by a benevolent dictator. There is a difference between Democracy and Constitutional Liberalism, the first, used to select a leader, and the next, the idea of protecting rights. In Hong Kong, a Special Administrative Region of China, people don't vote for their Chief Executive, (there are a group of 1000 people from various industries who vote) but yet, it is very good at protecting peoples rights.
Apr
2
comment Why did the Soviet Union get 3 seats in the UN?
25%...Never Again
Apr
2
comment Third Reich? What were the other two?
I love the title :)
Apr
2
comment Why is Christopher Columbus credited for “discovering” America?
"Christopher Columbus and his crew were the first people of the Old World during the historical to make a discovery of the Americas that had macro-historical importance." Well put +1
Apr
2
comment What was the most important cause of the Second World War?
So what you are saying is WW2 was caused by expansionism and nationalism (just like WW1) right? Good answer. +1
Apr
2
comment What was the most important cause of the Second World War?
Really? I never knew that, I'd better brush up on my pre WW2 history again.
Apr
1
comment What kind of heavy horses did the Manchu use?
Oh ya, and at times, infantry weapons were longer, and at times they were shorter, till finally, everyone used guns. Hypothesis, Antithesis, Synthesis.
Apr
1
comment What kind of heavy horses did the Manchu use?
In the west, knights "couched" their lances meaning that they just aimed their lace at the infantry and braced it. Cavalry's power didn't come from the lance, but their ability to smash through the enemy ranks, create a hole, let the infantry exploit it, and run down the routers. In Agincourt, the English won because the French cavalry couldn't get enough momentum from their cavalry to smash enemy lines. Cavalry isn't there to be in a prolonged fight, but instead used as shock troops, meaning that all that mattered was the horse hitting and braking a hole in the enemy ranks.
Mar
30
comment Why did Canada not join the American Revolution?
Only 13 up votes for such a good answer...
Mar
27
comment Did King George III turn his back on John Adams and Thomas Jefferson?
Based on the info you've gathered, I'd say George III did.
Mar
25
comment Was there ever any organization of thieves or pickpockets?
Good answer, never thought of the Roman pirates. +1
Mar
25
comment Was there ever any organization of thieves or pickpockets?
Most thieves tended to be poor people who didn't have enough to eat. Most were caught and killed. Could you set a time period and place? In the times of Alfred the Great and in England, thieves were usually caught and hung. Most societies tended to look down upon thieves for obvious reasons and so, tended not to have god dedicated to helping thieves. If I were you, I'd take creative liberties. Hope that helped.
Mar
24
comment Good online sources for historical maps
yes they do: euratlas.net/antique/cartography/index.html