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Oct
28
revised Why is Christopher Columbus credited for “discovering” America?
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Oct
28
comment Was Frederick II of Hohenstaufen really a medieval Dr. Mengele?
Interesting. The man sounds like a very dangerous figure -- somewhat intelligent, wielding huge power, yet so evil. Still, one wonders whether things were exaggerated somewhat here.
Oct
27
revised Why is Christopher Columbus credited for “discovering” America?
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Oct
27
comment What really happened to the Maya civilization?
Also, I love William Durant's quote here: "A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself from within". (Thanks, Apocalpyto.) It is very true that by the time the Spanish arrived, the Mayans were a shadow of their former glory.
Oct
27
comment What really happened to the Maya civilization?
Great answer. I too have heard these theories. The Mayans overused the natural resources of central America, and combined with a long period of drought along with possible socioeconomic factors, the Mayan Empire disintegrated gradually.
Oct
27
comment How heavily were the British taxing their American colonies?
And a second. A good summary. It would help if you could expand on it with your own words perhaps, but nonetheless. :-)
Oct
27
answered How would a large kingdom be ruled?
Oct
26
comment How do new countries legally and without bloodshed declare themselves independent?
The UN, these days!
Oct
26
answered Why is Christopher Columbus credited for “discovering” America?
Oct
26
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Oct
26
comment Who were the pre-Celtic inhabitants of Western Europe?
@AlainPannetier Ah yes, good old Vennemann's theory. I think Gimbutas' theory is the most interesting/modern here however.
Oct
25
comment Are there confirmed cases where a country changed its language without being conquered?
Good answer... could do with more sources perhaps, but as far as I'm concerned all the info is accurate here. :-)
Oct
25
comment Which 11 countries were democratic in 1941?
How can you question indeed! The United Kingdom (and its predecessor England) was the first modern democracy in the entire world! Don't forget the quote was from the BBC; highly unlikely to exclude the UK in such a list.
Oct
25
comment Why did Saladin show kindness to Richard I?
@Tom Au: Oh okay, so you're just agreeing me ha. :-P
Oct
25
comment Why did Saladin show kindness to Richard I?
@Tom Ay: I think you misunderstand my point. His actions generally weren't as atrocious as other contemporary generals.
Oct
25
comment Why did Saladin show kindness to Richard I?
Indeed, Saladin as well as arguably being an honourable general, nonetheless would have used spying tactics as well as anyone!
Oct
24
comment Why did Saladin show kindness to Richard I?
This is slightly misleading, in that Saladin did in fact commit a few minor atrocities (or his armies did at least), although rather less so than most previous Muslim crusaders and many Christian crusaders.
Oct
24
comment Why did Saladin show kindness to Richard I?
Saying "one of the main principles of Islam is that Muslims should help those in need" is a bit misleading. While this it is perfectly true that this is stated in the Qur'an, as it is stated to Christians in the Bible, it is far from all Christians or Muslims who follow this principle regularly. It would more more accurate to say that Saladin was a man of honour to some degree, and had respect for King Richard's courage and skills. The same was true in reverse.
Oct
24
comment What was the first spy agency?
Yep, sounds about right. I've actually found a much earlier Egyptian source now though, so I think that's the winner so far. :-)
Oct
24
answered What was the first spy agency?