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Jun
16
comment Why is Kubb - a skittles game - associated with the Viking Age?
@user293129 That is entirely incorrect. "Kub" comes from Latin and doesn't show up with the "Kub" spelling and Swedish declensions until the 18th century. "Kubb" comes from old Norse and means "Short, wide, fat", and is related to "Kobbe" and "Knubbig".
Jun
12
comment Are there any historians who believe that the crusades were not motivated as a distraction from internal conflicts?
@MarkC.Wallace 's title change changes the question a lot, I'd like to hear a motivation for that, otherwise I think we should undo it.
Jun
6
comment Economic effects of the Cuban Revolution
It is correct the Cuba has dengue fever, and Italy does not. With regards to that, notice how dengue fever is a problem on the Mexican side of the border to the US, but not on the US side. This is not only a climate problem. Similarily, both Italy and Cuba had malaria but eliminated it in the first half of the 19th century (although it's making a comeback in Italy).
Jun
6
comment Economic effects of the Cuban Revolution
@James: Well, Cuba was not totalitarian before the revolution. But yes, it had a murderous dictatorship. But you don't fix that by having a even more murderous totalitarian dictatorship. That's worse, not better. The comparison with Italy is generally very good as the countries were similar on many levels before the revolution.
Jun
5
comment Economic effects of the Cuban Revolution
Life expectancy did go up, but it went up before the revolution as well, there is no reason to think that the revolution had any positive impact there. I still maintain that it was not a mixed bag, and that the revolution had only negative effects.
Jun
5
comment Economic effects of the Cuban Revolution
@mart I added a chart for life expectancy. It does not support that the revolution was in any way beneficial for this. It's also worth noting that maternal death rates are about 10 times as high as in Italy.
Jun
5
comment Economic effects of the Cuban Revolution
You are trying to find a saving grace with the revolution so that it wasn't completely bad. But if you want to do so seriously you will have to find living quality statistics for several countries from the early 50's and onwards which is hard. I also think the outcome will not be what you hope in any case. There really are no positive effects of the Cuban revolution, just as their really are no positive effects on society of murdering people, suppressing free speech and creating a totalitarian system. These things are not beneficial to society. It's that simple.
Jun
5
comment Economic effects of the Cuban Revolution
@James Oh, yeah, Cuba went up in that ranking quite a lot between 1995 and 2008 mostly thanks to more liberal economic policies I mentioned in my answer. For reasons unknown to me, they have have dropped nine places(!) since 2008, though. But the question was about the effects of the Cuban revolution. And that answers stands: Wholly negative. Remember also that Cuba are intentionally targeting the two things HDI measures: Life expectancy and education. It doesn't mean much beyond that.
May
15
comment Did Hitler not intend a major war while invading Poland?
Sure, but he was wrong when he thought that meant they would not declare war. And he was wrong when he thought he could beat them. He nearly did, but only nearly.
May
8
comment Hitler's Death: Fact or Fiction
A new independent witness account has come to light, adding more confirmation to the "standard" events that Hitler committed suicide and that his body was burned outside the bunker. See update to my answer.
May
5
comment Economic effects of the Cuban Revolution
@mart Living conditions are very dependent on the state of the economy. The living conditions of Cubans have, just like the economy, not kept up with the rest of the world. However, reliable statistics about this in the 1950's are hard to find.
May
5
comment Economic effects of the Cuban Revolution
No, that's fact. And it doesn't mean it was the only reason. It is however, in all cases, a reason. Planned economies are inefficient, and tend to stagnate. Denying this is like denying evolution.
May
1
comment What is the 'rank switching' done by Roman Legionnaires in HBO's 'Rome' called, and did it actually happen?
As I understand it, in Acies Duplex formation, those in front had pilae, and those in the back had lancae, so rank switching wasn't done then. It's not a question of "being prevented", just different formations. Also, with only two lines, the rank switching get's less meaningful as you get less "rest", so it might just be more effective to not do it, but that's speculation.
Apr
29
comment Why did the Soviet Union's economy grow fast in the 1950's-1960's?
@SamuelRussell You may doubt it, but it happened. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
Apr
29
comment Why did the Soviet Union's economy grow fast in the 1950's-1960's?
You are right, my source only publishes data for 1950 to 1978, while the question is about the 50's and 60's.
Apr
29
comment What is the 'rank switching' done by Roman Legionnaires in HBO's 'Rome' called, and did it actually happen?
I don't see how it's a misunderstanding, that's how I understood it from the start. What you call "rank switching" is a part of the Acies Triplex formation.
Apr
2
comment Have there been any nuclear accidents in the US at nuclear facilities which were not “commercial”?
SL-1 is well known and worse. So it's not hard to say at all.
Apr
2
comment Have there been any nuclear accidents in the US at nuclear facilities which were not “commercial”?
SL-1 was definitely a worse accident than three mile Island. So the answer is "Yes".
Apr
1
comment Did Akhenaten's religion influence early Judaism?
Please keep the conspiracy theories away from this site. There is no "refusing the release the details". The details of the research was published in 2010. jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=185393
Apr
1
comment Did Akhenaten's religion influence early Judaism?
@user438: That a book originally is written before the exile doesn't mean it can't be influenced by ideas during or after the exile. The books where copied many times, and will have continually changed. There are differences between the "standard" texts and copies amongst the dead sea scrolls, for example. The fact that there still exists many references to other gods, and Yahweh being one amongst them are proof enough that the texts originally was written by people who believed there was many gods. Otherwise there would be no such references at all.