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Mar
27
revised Why did Russia give up its claims to the Oregon Country?
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Mar
27
comment Japan is a nation of twelve year olds: Why?
Sounds to me more like he was just saying that they were at the time relatively new at the whole "modern industrialized nation" thing.
Mar
27
comment Why is there is a pan-slavic movement?
@Bregalad - What you call "separatism" is really just an extension of the same thing, as seen from the perspective of the ruling parties. Prior to the concept of Nationalism, the rulers were so separated from the interests of most of the ruled that it didn't really matter much which set of monarchs from the same extended family a peasant was supposed to kowtow to. When a middle class starts to develop and governments start to liberalize a bit, suddenly it matters a great deal.
Mar
26
revised Why is there is a pan-slavic movement?
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Mar
26
answered Why is there is a pan-slavic movement?
Mar
26
comment Why is there is a pan-slavic movement?
+1, particularly for the second paragraph. In light of this answer, it would be good to take a second look at the target of the assassination that started WWI. Archduke Ferdinand was thought to be in favor of granting the Slavs more autonomy. His ascension to the throne would have strengthened the "austro-slavists", to the detriment of then pan-slavists. His wife was a Slav (Czech), so this opinion would likely have had some spine. He was next in line to the throne, and the Emperor was in bad health...
Mar
25
comment How historically accurate is 'India: A History' by John Keay?
Upvoted, because the question needed an acceptable answer. I'm always a bit uncomfortable answering and accepting on my own question, but some times it needs to be done.
Mar
25
revised What language(s) were spoken within the Holy Roman Empire?
Added a link, and cleaned up the English
Mar
25
comment When and why did marriage become about love?
There are probably a lot of lessons that may be drawn from that part of the story, but I don't think "this is how normal marriages work" is one of them.
Mar
25
revised When and why did marriage become about love?
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Mar
25
answered When and why did marriage become about love?
Mar
24
comment What is the origin of Indian weekday names?
Actually, I have heard multiple sources group Thor and Zeus together as "the Indo-European sky-god", since they both were gods who controlled thunder and lightning, and many non-Indo Europeans didn't have that particular natural force as a primary god. The presumption there is that the PIE people had a sky god that they all evolved from. I haven't looked lately into how accepted this view is.
Mar
24
comment How stable was the Middle East under Ottoman rule?
@MarkC.Wallace - In general a good policy. However, in this case I think the phrase is being used to justify his interest in the topic, not as a piece of foundational information. Still, it would be vastly improved with a link to such a person.
Mar
24
comment Why Europe became more developed although metal was first discovered and used in Asia/Africa?
On a reread I'm upvoting this, not because I subscribe to this theory, but because it is a legit scholarly theory you will hear on occasion.
Mar
24
awarded  Enlightened
Mar
24
awarded  Nice Answer
Mar
23
comment Did the proto-Indo-Europeans displace or overlay the pre-existing European tribes?
@Anixx - I think you are referring to the Cucuteni-Trypillian culture. Its a legit point that they were in (far eastern) Europe with agriculture earlier. Why they disappeared is not agreed upon, with the more recent theory being that climate change made that area much more suitable for pastoralism than agriculture. I'm not sure what this really tells us in general though.
Mar
23
awarded  Nice Answer
Mar
19
comment Cattle handling in the 19th century
Well, it might not have to be quite so "old time". It looks like a lot of the states west of here are still free range states, and I wouldn't be shocked if many herds there were that big or larger.
Mar
19
comment What does a “boat crimper” do?
@PieterGeerkens - The online one has as the 3rd definition: Makes waves in someone's hair I suppose that could be it, but I didn't figure your typical ship was very likely to employ full-time hairdressers.