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Oct
17
comment Which Confederate State provided the most troops in the American Civil War?
@Steven Drennon: It was indeed! And yeah, they fought for the Union... I suppose it was rather more common than blacks in the Confederate army. Thanks for the reminder. :-)
Oct
17
comment Where did the Gaels originate?
Tempted to set a bounty for this about now...!
Oct
17
comment When was divorce made illegal again in Ireland?
General reference, methinks? Voting to close.
Oct
17
answered Why wasn't the Republic of Ireland invaded (by either side) in WW2?
Oct
17
comment When were swords last used in European warfare?
Thanks. I look forward to it.
Oct
17
comment When were swords last used in European warfare?
I did, but I'd like something a bit more conclusive. Also, it's best to cite the source directly where possible; common practice in papers.
Oct
17
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Oct
16
comment What was the life expectancy of an ancient roman child and adult?
Don't you mean above average death rate? I wouldn't care to guess any.
Oct
16
comment When were swords last used in European warfare?
Interesting find; thanks. Do you have any harder evidence that this one small citation in Wikipedia though? I want to believe, but can't quite yet...
Oct
16
comment Did Sun Tzu's “Art of War” influence Napoleon's philosophy of war and strategy?
Interesting question; I suspect the answer is yes, to some degree. But he also would have admired other great leaders of the Early Modern period, and above all Julius Caesar and Alexander the Great, being such a lover of classical antiquity as we all know.
Oct
16
comment What was the life expectancy of an ancient roman child and adult?
Heavily skewed by infanticide, which was regularly practices and not considered immoral in the day. I'm curious which period of Roman antiquity these stats come from, and also which geographical region. Some urban areas of Italy in the heydey of the Empire (say, 100 A.D. or so) would have had rather high life expectancy, I'd bet (compared to the barbarians). Also worth noting is the very high lead consumption, especially by the aristocracy, due to its ubiquitous use in cookware and plumbing.
Oct
16
revised What factors contributed to earlier democratic states failing?
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Oct
16
comment Where did the Gaels originate?
Any folks here care to give it a shot? I'd never down-vote an attempt, so long as its on-topic. :-) Please feel free.
Oct
16
comment What factors contributed to earlier democratic states failing?
I very much agree with @quant_dev here... it's more about how the struggle manifests itself. Loosely, we can label such means as constructive and destructive. Ironically, the Roman Empire, while far more autocratic, allowed for greater upward social mobility.
Oct
16
comment What factors contributed to earlier democratic states failing?
Okay. Fixed that comment, and also updated the post, adding references. Hope it looks better now. :-)
Oct
16
revised What factors contributed to earlier democratic states failing?
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Oct
16
comment What factors contributed to earlier democratic states failing?
@Faraz: Exactly; not sure why I got these two men confused! same period, I suppose. Thanks anywya.
Oct
16
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Oct
15
comment What factors contributed to earlier democratic states failing?
(See my attempt at an answer below. :-)
Oct
15
answered What factors contributed to earlier democratic states failing?