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Jul
26
comment Since the inception of the United States, has the term “America” ever referred to something more than simply “the United States”?
@Rincewind42: In Arabic as spoken in the Palestinian territories, when they shout "Death to America" the word "America" is used (with Arabic pronunciation of course). So no matter what you think "America" means, they are in fact shouting "Death to America".
Jul
26
comment What lands have been called by names chosen to disassociate those lands from its inhabitants
Thank you TED, your answers are always insightful and informative. However, your newest edit is a terrific answer to a question that wasn't asked. You elaborate on good ways to name a country, and I happen to agree with you as I understand exactly what is in a name. But the question was "what areas were named specifically to disservice the indigenous inhabitants". Yourself and others got very caught up in the two examples that I presented, but they were just examples (and not even good examples, it turns out).
Jul
25
comment What lands have been called by names chosen to disassociate those lands from its inhabitants
Quite the difference! From what I understand, the name Belgium was used to not offend the people living within. The name Palestine was used specifically to offend after the Bar Kochava revolt.
Jul
25
comment What lands have been called by names chosen to disassociate those lands from its inhabitants
I see, thanks Rory.
Jul
25
comment What lands have been called by names chosen to disassociate those lands from its inhabitants
Thank you. However, the name was not chosen with the intention of disassociating the people living there from the land.
Jul
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comment What lands have been called by names chosen to disassociate those lands from its inhabitants
Today some people want to call some areas Palestine, but I am referring to the specific case of renaming a place with the intention of disparaging the inhabitants. I don't think that any of the examples that you've mentioned were done with the explicit intend of disparaging the indigenous peoples.
Jul
25
comment What lands have been called by names chosen to disassociate those lands from its inhabitants
Was the question downvoted due to the "Persia" example? Downvoter, please let me know what you see that could be improved. Thanks.
Jul
25
comment What lands have been called by names chosen to disassociate those lands from its inhabitants
Thanks TED and Joe. I'm actually having difficulty attributing that statement, which is why there is no link. If I cannot find an attribution then I will remove the "Persia" example. The question still stands, though, even without that example. Thanks.
Jul
25
comment At what point did mapmaking begin to accurately reflect what we now know about the earth?
I just found another terrific relevant Wikipedia article: Early world maps.
Jul
25
comment Short or long Roman numerals?
The chat discussion is not longer archived. What was the conclusion?
Jul
25
asked What lands have been called by names chosen to disassociate those lands from its inhabitants
Jul
25
comment What was the significance of changing the name of “Persia” to “Iran”?
Might the European use of the word "Persia" to refer to Iran be analogous with the Roman use of the word "Palestine" to refer to the Levant? I understand that both were intended to separate (in the eyes of the Greeks and Romans) the lands from those who were currently inhabiting it. Are there other examples of such "conquerors renaming" to separate the people from the land?
Jul
25
comment What made Alexander great?
I believe that Veeraraj means "cameo" like "talisman", what would be said in English as either "good luck" or "predestined". Is this right, Veeraraj?
Jul
22
comment At what point did mapmaking begin to accurately reflect what we now know about the earth?
Thanks. I am actually now reading that very wikipedia page as it was mentioned in another question of mine.
Jul
22
answered Why didn't Russia help Saddam Hussein as it is helping Syria now?
Jul
22
comment At what point did mapmaking begin to accurately reflect what we now know about the earth?
Thank you Lennart, this is exactly the information that I was looking for. I did not realise the importance of triangulation. But how did triangulation help for placing islands not within sight of the mainland?
Jul
22
accepted At what point did mapmaking begin to accurately reflect what we now know about the earth?
Jul
17
comment Which historical figures are remembered for actions contradictory to their intentions?
Thanks Veeraraj.
Jul
17
comment Which historical figures are remembered for actions contradictory to their intentions?
Thank you Veeraraj. Are these kings well-known to the common Indian today? If I mention them to an Indian could I reasonable expect them to be familiar with these kings? Thanks!
Jul
17
accepted Which historical figures are remembered for actions contradictory to their intentions?