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Dec
1
comment Prominent examples of scientific racism in ancient Greece
The quote certainly doesn't seem like a great example of scientific racism, which is what prompted me to look for other examples in the first place. I avoided adding my own criticisms in the question because a) those belong on an answer that I don't have time to write right now (and probably won't, as yours covers me) and b) I wanted the question to be as neutral as possible, to avoid yet another never ending comment discussion. However, the core question remains: Are there any examples of scientific racism in the ancient Greek world?
Nov
27
comment Was prostitution legal in Israel during the reign of Solomon?
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_prostitution
Nov
27
comment Who is the banished Scottish King? (before 1560)
There's an apocryphal story about Robert the Bruce hiding in a cave on the Isle of Arran that involves goats, but it doesn't quite fit. The story is that when a search party found the entrance of the cave, they saw wild goats in front of it and (incorrectly) assumed the goats wouldn't be there if someone was hiding inside.
Nov
26
comment Where did Batista announce his resignation?
I think it was the Havana Hilton, which later became Castro's headquarters, but I can't seem to be able to find any sources. There wasn't any big announcement, Batista told a couple of people and then sneaked out.
Nov
22
comment How did Castro gain control over the Cuban military and police?
Thanks @mgkrebbs.
Nov
17
comment How did Castro gain control over the Cuban military and police?
@TomAu The majority of the rank and file of the Cuban army was pro Batista when Batista came to power. Batista, with his at times completely nonsensical behaviour, managed to lose their support in the following years. Or, if you will, Castro managed to make them switch sides.
Nov
17
comment How did Castro gain control over the Cuban military and police?
@LennartRegebro Castro disbanded the army, indeed. But disbanding the army is just an order, if the army was in a position to resist, they could have just refused the order.
Nov
6
comment Were the heavy war reparations on Germany after World War I the main cause of its hyperinflation in 1923?
@curious Ah, but other countries didn't resort to borrowing (at least not as much as Germany did). France, for example, supported its war effort through taxation (creating war time taxes, etc).
Nov
6
comment Were the heavy war reparations on Germany after World War I the main cause of its hyperinflation in 1923?
Don't have time for a full answer now, but it wasn't only the reparations. Germany had supported all its war effort through loans, and thus the Mark was declining even before the end of the war.
Nov
3
comment Is there any evidence Chairman Mao restricted or confiscated guns?
@LennartRegebro Why? At its core, it's a history question. It could work on Skeptics, but I don't see why it's off topic here.
Nov
3
comment Is there any evidence Chairman Mao restricted or confiscated guns?
@EvanCarroll If you google "Mao gun control" you'll find quite a few sources (of questionable value, but enough to show that you've at least tried researching your question before posting it).
Nov
3
comment Is it true that Spartan soldiers fought naked?
@DVK Heavy cavalry was introduced in Ancient Greece by the Thebans, around 370 BC, with great success. They effectively ended the Spartan hegemony in a single battle (Leuktra), with their heavy cavalry being a major factor in their win.
Nov
2
comment What happened to the wealth of the Rothschild banking family?
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rothschild_family#Modern_business
Oct
31
comment Why did Xerxes choose Hellespont over Bosphorus?
@LennartRegebro Sure, I only mentioned the actual width at the Hellespont bridge because I was bored to look for the width of the Bosphorus one ;)
Oct
30
comment Why did Xerxes choose Hellespont over Bosphorus?
The lengths of the modern bridges are irrelevant. The length of the proposed bridge at the Hellespont may be 2Km, but that's the total length, which includes elevated interchanges and tolls. The actual distance of the crossing at Çanakkale is 1.4Km.
Oct
23
comment Is history always written by the victors?
This isn't correct. First, the Greeks won the Greco-Persian Wars, you can't really claim the history of the battle was written by the losers just because the Greeks happened to lose there. Second, I'm not aware of any notable source that claims there were only 300 defenders at Thermopylae. The number is the number of (free) Spartans that fought in the battle, not the total of the defending Greeks.
Oct
21
comment What actual proof is there for Carthaginian child sacrifice?
@JeroenK Well, not always: Is history always written by the victors? ;P
Oct
15
comment Which sources should I believe regarding CV-8 Hornet?
Voting to close. I'm afraid your question isn't exactly clear, and from the parts I understand it seems to be more about conspiracy theories than factual history (therefore, off topic for this site).
Oct
13
comment First-hand sources for medieval urban life in central Europe
I think there's a difference between asking for reference material and primary sources, @SamuelRussell. This is indeed a list-y question, but I don't think we risk ending up with a huge list of everyone's favourite book (which is what the guideline is trying to prevent).
Oct
13
comment First-hand sources for medieval urban life in central Europe
The broader definition of Middle Ages spans 10 centuries, answers about the 5th century will be very different from answers about the 15th. Could you please narrow this down a bit? Also, some geographical limits would be helpful.