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entrepreneur; graduate in mathematics / theoretical computer science / theoretical physics; polymath-in-training

based in London, United Kingdom


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
awarded  Nice Question
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?
Oct
15
comment What factors contributed to earlier democratic states failing?
The Roman Republic is probably best described as a pseudo-democracy. It's founding and initial set-up actually pre-dated Athenian democracy by some years, but even until its dying days it was more of a "democracy for the privileged". Nonetheless, it was clearly a very successful model for a state.
Oct
15
comment What factors contributed to earlier democratic states failing?
Athens as a democratic state lasted from the late 6th century B.C. until its conquest by the Macedonians in the late 4th century BC. As far as I'm concerned, it was an exemplar of democratic virtue during this time. Athens in this area was one of the highest points in human civilisation until modern times, in my view.
Oct
15
comment Are the Xibe people the same as the Manchu?
Hmm. They are definitely closely related, in all the aspects you mention: cultural, ethnically, linguistically. How and when they diverged though might be an interesting questions. Perhaps that is what you are curious about overall? :-) (Wikipedia seems to answer much of the other stuff.)
Oct
15
comment Is the “youth bulge” hypothesis an evident explanation for imperialistic/rebellious historic movements and genocides?
Interesting question. This sort of crosses over with 'mass psychology', but is definitely history too. :-)
Oct
15
comment What was the reason for inflation in Britain after the Black Death?
@Squark: No, that not the universal definition of demand. Mine is perfectly acceptable. Please see Lev, who probably explained it even better than me...
Oct
15
comment How did Magnus IV of Sweden come of age at 15?
Ah, fair enough then. :-)
Oct
15
comment Is there any documentation regarding the use of war elephants in battles?
All historical sources I have read suggest Alexander could have subdued the rest of the kingdom after defeating King Porus. However, his tactic had always been to create 'client states'. Much easier, less bloodshed, and he's still the high king. :-)
Oct
15
comment When were swords last used in European warfare?
If bayonets counted as words (they're not, but they're still pointed weapons), I would accept this. +1 nonetheless.
Oct
15
comment Historically accurate WW2 simulation
I'm voting to close, sorry. This isn't directly about history, and really belongs on the gaming site...
Oct
15
comment Is there any documentation regarding the use of war elephants in battles?
They usually backfired on the Carthaginians/Hannibal's army, due to superior Roman tactics and the unreliability of the creatures in many case. However, perhaps en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Rhone_Crossing ?
Oct
15
comment Third Reich? What were the other two?
I don't want to knock this answer, for you're not doing anything wrong, but the question really shouldn't exist. It's as trivial a general-reference question as you get! It's like free rep points for whomever can look up Wikipedia the quickest. To be fair, my quibble is that this SE site doesn't offer an option to close as GR, unlike some others.
Oct
15
comment What was the typical peasant's diet like in Europe during the High Middle Ages?
Great question, which could open up for some interesting answers. I do however feel you need to specify a region, or several regions... An English Medieval diet would have differed significantly from an Italian or Russian medieval diet, for example!
Oct
15
comment When were swords last used in European warfare?
Thanks for the answer. This sounds like a pretty late occurrence of swords. Indeed, I always expected cavalry sabres were the final type to be used. And it makes sense that the Russian military, often reputed as the most 'backwards' and 'behind times' would have used them last... Will wait for other answers, but I think this is likely to be the one. :-)
Oct
15
comment What really happened to the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel?
Oh no, I thought it was obvious I was only asking about the 10 tribes, hence the question title. :-) But thank you for providing the historical quote anyway; I wasn't aware of it. The answer to the second question is as vague as I expected, though I was hoping someone might have some specifics to dig out of some obscure research paper! :-)
Oct
14
comment What was the reason for inflation in Britain after the Black Death?
Your question answers itself really. (And @Lev clarifies well.) Fewer labourers means demand for the few labourers increases, and thus so does their ability to charge more. Inflation just creates a positive-feedback cycle as the labourers need more money just to survive.
Oct
14
comment How did Magnus IV of Sweden come of age at 15?
You want to get the rightful king on the throne as soon as possible, usually. Otherwise power-hungry regents/nobles can make their move. That's the obvious answer I think, and probably the correct one.