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Oct
9
comment Is there evidence Muslim soldiers fought in the Continental Army?
The last two names at least seem to indicate parents steeped in Muslim culture rather than European. That of course doesn't mean the children personally believed anything in particular, but by that standard you can't claim all the rest were "Christian" either. So the names would be good enough for me.
Oct
8
comment Was either side legally in the right in the Hundred Years War?
I think you are confusing the concepts of legitimacy and legality
Oct
8
comment Countries which banned Ferdinand the bull?
The main Wikipedia says the Nazis burned it. That may be where he got that from, but of course being burned is different from being banned.
Oct
8
comment Can anyone identify this Union commander?
I've seen the series. Yes, that's who he's talking about. (Answer edited to remove equivocation).
Oct
8
revised Can anyone identify this Union commander?
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Oct
6
comment Why did the Lewinsky scandal have such big impact?
The problem I have with the thesis of this answer is that POTUS infidelity wasn't exactly new to Clinton. At least one prior POTUS even admitted to having children with a mistress. So clearly something more was at work.
Oct
4
comment Was either side legally in the right in the Hundred Years War?
I think its possible to ask who had a better claim to the throne, but the concept of "legality" just does not belong here. There were no courts to appeal to, and all these families ultimately acquired their thrones in the first place by winning them in armed conflict.
Oct
3
answered Do revisionist historiographies come closer to “unbiased truth”?
Oct
3
comment Voting enfranchisement in the USA in the 18th century
@MarkC.Wallace - Agreed. Even so, it ought to be possible to work out the answer to the question. Someone might have even done it already. Yes, you'd have to look at the voting rules each state had, but there were only 13 of them then. :-)
Oct
3
answered How does governance evolve?
Oct
3
comment Voting enfranchisement in the USA in the 18th century
The 1790 US census as near as I can tell had no specific accounting of who was a taxpayer and who wasn't. This actually makes more sense, as for Federal purposes the important information was how many residents each state had, broken out by slave and non-slave (slaves being accounted as 3/5 of a non-slave for purposes of Congressional representation and electoral votes). If a particular state chose to enfranchise people by taxpaying status, that would be that state's business, and accounting it that state's problem.
Oct
1
comment Why did Christianity disappear in North-Western Africa?
I take it you've never heard of The Coptic Church then?
Oct
1
comment What role did Jews play in the Punic Wars?
@eliyah - Do you have a source for all that? AFAIK, that is not the current canonical understanding of the origin of either of those peoples.
Oct
1
comment What can you tell about a society from its architecture?
Not sure how "history" it is (or answerable for that matter), but an interesting question. For example, I've noticed that there seems to be a certain unique style to old African-American churches. Sort of a very understated brick Gothic. Perhaps I'm reading way too much into it, but it almost looks like they are trying to simultaneously look inconspicuous and like a relatively sturdy place to hide out from a lynch mob.
Oct
1
comment What role did Jews play in the Punic Wars?
...while we don't have photos of course, its a pretty good bet both peoples looked very much like modern Arabs, as Arabic is I believe the closest-related modern language to both (its also Central Semitic).
Oct
1
comment What role did Jews play in the Punic Wars?
@eliyah - OK, well you have the first part right at least. Hebrews and Canaanites would probably have looked almost identical. But don't mix up biblical "Hamites" (essentially neighboring tribes who weren't quite Jewish), with "Hamitic Languages" (an obsolete classification of all the Semitic languages of Africa, thrown together for no good reason), or with "Hamitic People" (a term formerly used for sub-saharan African semites, who are darker-skinned because of where they live, but who are otherwise completely unrelated to the Niger-Congo and Nilo-Saharan people who used to be called "Negro")
Sep
30
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Sep
30
comment Has any generation generally agreed that the next generation was better?
@AlexanderWinn - But such things would just be anecdotal, they would not demonstrate "general agreement".
Sep
29
comment Connection between “lingua franca” and Frankish people
I actually investigated this question myself once. As I remember, its an interesting story.
Sep
29
comment Roman gladiator games
Have to agree with @MarkC.Wallace here. However, I also have to admit that the attempt to parry a request for backup links in an answer as an "offtopic request for sources" made me lol.