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May
14
comment The riddle of Marco's Millions
[citation-needed]
May
14
comment The riddle of Marco's Millions
Does anyone other than the Croatian National Tourist Board supports the theory that Marco Polo was born and raised in Korcula?
May
14
comment Three rings (wreaths?) symbol in XIX century Russia
Nope, before Peter the Great, Russia was called "Muscovy" Ah, then I guess we should start removing references to the 200 year old Tsardom of Russia from history books...
May
1
comment How did Richard I sail through the strait of Gibraltar?
@edn13 You didn't have to post a different answer, you could have just edited your original answer. I've added the link to your source here, please delete the other answer.
Apr
2
comment Which came first, the shield or the sword?
"The sword is an invention of the bronze age" Highly depends on your definition of sword. If it includes daggers, then it's most definitely a much earlier invention.
Mar
28
comment Is there a definition of history separate from the definition of politics?
I don't think this is a Meta question, perhaps capitalizing History and Politics confused the close voter in thinking that the question is about the Stack Exchange sites, instead of the actual topics.
Mar
27
comment How historically correct is the Maharana Pratap serial?
Please update your answer to include all that info (my downvote is now locked and I can't retract it unless you edit the answer).
Mar
26
comment What are the cultural roots of the Lamp of the Genie?
Great find @called2voyage, and perhaps the start of a good answer.
Mar
26
comment Origin of an old museum ticket
Hello Jaque and welcome to History. Please only post answers when you have new information to add, and don't just repeat earlier answers.
Mar
26
comment How historically correct is the Maharana Pratap serial?
Can you provide at least a couple of examples of historical inaccuracies in the serial? We prefer answers that expose facts, not mere opinions.
Mar
26
comment What are the cultural roots of the Lamp of the Genie?
Sure, but still there are no Arabic sources documenting the myth (or variations of) before Galland did. If Aladdin was an Arabic myth, it certainly wasn't popular enough.
Mar
26
comment What are the cultural roots of the Lamp of the Genie?
This is quite an interesting question, however Aladdin was only added to the thousand and one nights collection in the 18th century, by a Frenchman, and there are no known prior Arabic sources for the story.
Mar
24
comment Dictators who came back through elections?
Didn't downvote, but I don't think Yanukovych qualified as a dictator in 2005 (however fraudulent that election was).
Mar
14
comment In WWII, why did people not run away from executions?
Those who could escape, did: RAF Spitfire pilot fled from German firing squad during extraordinary series of escapes after being shot down in World War Two
Mar
13
comment Has there been other settlements in occupied territories in recent history?
@jwenting Everyone is using the term "occupied territories" (The obvious exception being Israel, which prefers "disputed territories"). For a more specific example, the UN has been using the term "occupied territories" since 1967 (Security Council Resolution 242). Furthermore, the UN still formally uses "occupying power" when referring to Israel's presence in the Gaza strip (even though Israel claims to have disengaged from the area since 2005).
Mar
11
comment How was Alexander the Great able to rule so much territory?
Didn't include this in the answer, because it's primarily my opinion, but the term "Hellenistic" is kinda misleading. The era following Alexander is called Hellenistic not so much to denote Greek influence, but rather to signify that Greece was the catalyst in the fusion of the various European, Asian and African civilizations that Alexander's conquests brought together.
Mar
7
comment Roughly, what percentage of arrows can be reused after a battle?
@FelixGoldberg Actually, reusing arrows during battle is quite likely, but in a different way than the question implies. It would be your opponent's archers that would gather and reuse your arrows, and vice versa.
Feb
26
comment Did King Porus's men use snake poison against Alexander's troops?
Don't know what the antidote Alexander found was, but it's worth noting that the endemic Ophiorrhiza mungos plant can be effective against viper's venom.
Feb
20
comment What is the historical background of the current Ukraine crisis?
Related (on Politics.SE): Why does Russia try to stop Ukraine from approching to the EU
Feb
20
comment What is the historical background of the current Ukraine crisis?
Although it's easy to assume Euromaidan is rooted in the Ukrainian cultural split (West/Ukrainian speaking vs East/Russian speaking), it's not. It has a lot more to do with economics, human rights and corruption than it has to do with history. You'll find a good overview here: forbes.com/sites/gregsatell/2014/02/19/…