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revised Were there ever actual organizations of pirates?
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comment Were there ever actual organizations of pirates?
Thanks to Capn' Redpen for help in translation.
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answered Were there ever actual organizations of pirates?
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revised Anthropophagy perpetrated by crusaders?
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answered Anthropophagy perpetrated by crusaders?
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awarded  Taxonomist
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comment What forces/incentives drove the Mongols to conquer a much larger land territory than they could comfortably settle or rule?
Deleted a very interesting but sadly misplaced set of comments about the line between knowable and unknowable motivations in questions on this stack. If somebody misses it, please bring it up again in meta.
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comment What prevented the Mongolian Empire from expanding into Europe?
This is a very similar question to history.stackexchange.com/questions/10572/… . Actually, sort of that question's flip side
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answered Did the Assiniboine live around Fort Assiniboine (Canada)?
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comment What motivated Marco Polo to share his trade knowledge?
+1 Being stuck in prison at the time with nothing else productive to do I think is the operative issue here. Also important is probably that he happened to be imprisoned with a man who had previously authored a book (and who I believe essentially did all the scutwork of writing and getting it published). Money was decidedly not a motivation, as this was a time long before author-centered copyright laws.
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awarded  Nice Answer
Sep
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answered What book on liberty did Lord Acton not write?
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comment Actual quote from Henry II
One other thing that should be noted is that it is fairly common under monarchies for contemporaries to impugn the motives and criticize the actions of a King's advisers rather than the King directly (as that could be interpreted as treason).
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accepted What is the origin of the myth of St. Valentine?
Sep
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comment What if a slave entered a state without slavery?
Are you talking about the USA before the Civil War? I believe this is what initiated the famous Dred Scott case
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Sep
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comment The effect of the Panic of 1837 on financial/banking policy
Kudos for a really good question. Pre-20th century recessions ("panics") are very little remarked upon, particularly considering how huge of a deal such events are in the lives of the people living through them (and thus impactful on history).
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comment Did Churchill advocate genocide of any innocent group of people?
In his younger days served in Egypt and the Sudan. So I'd look there, and perhaps in his writings on the subject.
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comment Why did Shostakovich not release his 4th, but did release his 5th symphony?
@Semaphore - I'm not the OP, but if I were, I'd say no it doesn't. It offers at least two different reasons, and doesn't really get into enough historiography on either of them to know anything more about them than that they exist. More detail than that might be nice.