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Sep
1
comment How did Germany rebuild so quickly after World War I?
@CGCampbell Thanks.
Jul
17
comment Why did Hitler attack the Soviet Union when he was still busy fighting the United Kingdom?
@bob-know-all This is indeed the correct answer.
Jul
17
comment Why did Hitler attack the Soviet Union when he was still busy fighting the United Kingdom?
@gerdi It depends on which "why" you mean. Why did Hitler want to invade Russia? No one knows. How did he rationalize it? Well, that's largely what Mein Kampf is about. It basically boils down to Hitler thinking that Germans are superior, and therefore has the right to land, and in fact must grab land and expand to protect itself. And Germany should of course do that primarily east, because the slavs were less worthy than "aryans". So Hitler outlined all this already in 1923-1924 or so.
Jul
3
comment What is known about early history of Judaism?
A better source for how widespread literacy was amongst jews in 200BC would be a historical research-paper on how widespread literacy was amongst jews in 200BC. The rabbis you meantion does not even mention literacy rates. They are discussing something completely different and you are just interpreting them freely in ways you really can not. That Rabbi Shimon condemned those who studied Torah but did not do so full time does not tell us how common this was.
Jul
3
comment What is known about early history of Judaism?
A rabbi whom you interpret to claim that all Jewish males must study the Torah full time is not an reliable source on how widespread literacy was at that time.
Jul
3
comment What is known about early history of Judaism?
@BruceJames The claim that my answer is unsupported by any sources is patently absurd. I link to well-sourced Wikipedia articles that support my statements, except #4, where I explicitly note that I don't have a source. You downvote because you don't like scholarly facts for religious reasons. In the future, please support your statements with reliable independent sources.
Jul
3
comment What is known about early history of Judaism?
@BruceJames There is a difference between having one quote recommending you to study the torah, and having a widespread tradition of all males studying the Torah. If you can find a reliable source that there was a tradition or it was required of all males in 200BC to study the Torah, then I will update the answer.
Jul
3
comment What is known about early history of Judaism?
@BruceJames I think you have completely misunderstood what #4 is about. It is not about scholars studying the Torah mentioned in Mishna and Gemara at all. It is about (and I quote myself) "the tradition that male Jews should study the Torah".
Jul
3
comment What is known about early history of Judaism?
@BruceJames: I quote: "There is no scholarly consensus as to when the Hebrew Bible canon was fixed: some scholars argue that it was fixed by the Hasmonean dynasty, while others argue it was not fixed until the second century CE or even later." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Development_of_the_Hebrew_Bible_canon Hence the dates 200BC to 200AD.
Jun
9
comment What is the 'rank switching' done by Roman Legionnaires in HBO's 'Rome' called, and did it actually happen?
@EvilWashingMachine "Once the machinery was in motion however, the Roman infantry typically was deployed, as the main body, facing the enemy. During deployment in the Republican era, the maniples were commonly arranged in triplex acies (triple battle order): that is, in three ranks, with the hastati in the first rank (that nearest the enemy), the principes in the second rank, and the veteran triarii in the third and final rank as barrier troops". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roman_infantry_tactics So yes, it refers to ranks.
Jun
2
comment What is the 'rank switching' done by Roman Legionnaires in HBO's 'Rome' called, and did it actually happen?
I did watch the video, and answered your question. Instead of being confrontative, perhaps you could explain what is unclear?
May
2
comment What was the Julian Calendar aligned to?
So to recap: I'm sure that the Julian Calendar was intended to be aligned with the solstices and equinoxes in some way. But I don't know why they are aligned so they end up the 25th of the months. It would make more sense to put the 1st of April on the spring equinox. Apparently the 25th of March is the traditional date, but the question then only becomes "Why the 25th of March?"
May
2
comment What was the Julian Calendar aligned to?
@NathanC.Tresch: Ah, no you see, it WAS Dec 25th. But the Julian calendar goes one day wrong per century so by the time of the First Council of Nicea, it was December the 21st. When the Gregorian Calendar was introduced, it was the 11th. It was then decided to move it back to the 21st. (Probably because having it the 25th would make it too obvious that Christmas was celebrated on a pagan holiday, to be honest). So the Julian calendar had originally the midwinter solstice on December 25th.
Apr
30
comment What was the Julian Calendar aligned to?
Yeah, I suspect you have things backwards here. It's not that the calendar is fixed to this festival, it's this festival that is fixed to the winter solstice. It probably happens the 25th because the calendar is fixed to the spring equinox. But why the spring equinox was fixed to the 25th of March is unclear.
Mar
24
comment Why China was able to unify and not Europe
In addition to that, Spain is isolated from the rest of Europe by Mountains, and so is to a large extent Italy. That means that their area of communication is the Mediterranean. And that's why the Roman empire was not a European Empire.
Mar
24
comment Why China was able to unify and not Europe
@JonofAllTrades It is the connectivity, but the length is relevant in that. It's really amounts to the amount of people you can connect so it's also about the type of land they run through. And that the sources of the rivers are near is really irrelevant (and also not actually true), as it's about getting a boat from one place to another. 12km of walking, or a waterfall, all makes a big dent into this. So empires arise where there are large areas where you can travel, trade and fight easily. Danube + Rhine does not make one such area, or it would at least at some point have been unified.
Mar
21
comment How did Germany rebuild so quickly after World War I?
@MarkC.Wallace It's quite possible they could have stopped hyperinflation without returning to the gold standard. But returning to the gold standard is what they did. I certainly do not recommend it a s a policy if you don't have hyperinflation. :-)
Mar
21
comment How did Germany rebuild so quickly after World War I?
@CsBalazsHungary You also steal all value from your people, and you ruin the economy. Defaulting is not a good option to a bad situation, but it's clearly the better one here. And yes, hyperinflation is in practice only created by printing money.
Mar
21
comment Why China was able to unify and not Europe
@JonofAllTrades Yangtze is 6300 km long, the Yellow river 4800 and the Rhine 1200. So I'm not so sure. The Rhine and Danube have been important centres for civilizations, but they each just covers quite a small but of Europe. It's hard to see them as unifying, as they go different ways, and are essentially isolated from each other by the alps.
Mar
3
comment Why is Jewish God so Popular?
Not really an opinion... ;-)