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Jan
27
comment How did Islam and Hinduism thrive together in Medieval India?
Of course Islamic invasion was not done only to spread the religion. It was done to get more power and land, as almost all invasions are. I do realize religion is a touchy issue, and that it probably seems very strange for somebody to not hate Islam, but you have to remember that I'm neither Muslim, nor a Hindu and is therefore neutral in that conflict and hence hate neither religion.
Jan
20
comment How did Islam and Hinduism thrive together in Medieval India?
1. Please remove the reference to me in the answer, this is not a discussion forum. 2. Please make a difference about victims of conquest and victims of religious persecution, those are not the same thing. 3. You can disagree as much as you like if you don't have sources to support you. You are not a world leading scholar, and neither am I. Our opinions are not relevant.
Jan
20
comment How did Islam and Hinduism thrive together in Medieval India?
I realize there is a lot of emotions and prejudice in this topic, but that's not constructive. Either you make your own answer WITH RELIABLE SOURCES or you don't. Making unsourced claims is pointless.
Jan
14
comment How did Islam and Hinduism thrive together in Medieval India?
You are mistaking the Muslim conquest of Persia with conversion into Islam. Two different events, two very different processes. You also make a lot of vague claims, but provide no sources.
Jan
14
comment How did Islam and Hinduism thrive together in Medieval India?
This is not a discussion forum. If you wish to reply to my answer, do that with a comment. If you wish to answer the question, don't refer to my answer. Also you present no evidence for what you claim.
Jan
14
comment How did Islam and Hinduism thrive together in Medieval India?
Forced conversion means violence.
Dec
19
comment How did Maximilien de Robespierre lose control of his Reign of Terror and die by the guillotine?
You are right, fixed.
Dec
10
comment Has any country won a war, but lost a non-trivial portion of its territory?
Mark has a good point. See for example Irelands independence.
Dec
10
comment Has any country won a war, but lost a non-trivial portion of its territory?
On a related note, Sweden was attacked by Denmark and Russia, and won the war against Denmark by giving Finland to Russia, so that they would step down, leaving Sweden only to worry about the Danish army, which it promptly defeated. ;-) Obviously the real winner is Russia. And in your case, the real winner is France. But yeah, sure, I guess that's as close as it gets.
Oct
7
comment What was the fate of most SS members after World War II?
@mart I'm sorry, the answer doesn't say any of the things you claim is wrong with the answer. I don't claim SS are conscripts, I don't claim it's a branch of the army, I do EXPLICITLY claim that the SS are Nazis.
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.