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revised Why were all Y-12 operators of Manhattan Project women?
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reviewed Approve Why was 19th-century Japan able to modernize and not China?
Oct
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revised Is there evidence of extensive Viking presence in North America?
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comment Is there evidence of extensive Viking presence in North America?
@LennartRegebro - Well, I made that claim based on the fact that the Kensington forgers were at least competent enough not to make up their own runes on the spot. :-) I'll soften the statement at bit.
Oct
11
comment Was the house of representatives really as rowdy a place as it is portrayed in the 2012 film Lincoln?
This was the first thing I thought of (so +1). Would have prefered to see a description than a really long excerpt though. I'm particularly annoyed by the text's parroting Brooks' rationalization of his sneak attack without comment. In the wake of this incident Brooks challenged Representative Anson Burlingame to a duel for calling him a coward. Burlingame enthusiastically agreed, and Brooks chickened out. So IMHO history should show Burlingame's point as proven.
Oct
11
comment Why was Jesus crucified (historically?)
@EugeneSeidel - An organized band of highway robbers is essentially equivalent to land-based pirates. This is why I said our argument is probably circling around my inadequate word choice rather than the basic answer. If you can come up with a better word that encompasses both, without including simple petty criminals, I'll happily use it.
Oct
11
answered Is there evidence of extensive Viking presence in North America?
Oct
11
revised Did it make sense to bring along infantry to reinforce attacking cavalry before the introduction of firearms?
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comment Did it make sense to bring along infantry to reinforce attacking cavalry before the introduction of firearms?
After the question's latest edit, I think this is a better answer. Dragoons seem to be exactly what the OQ is asking about. I've added a link, but please consider fleshing this out with more content about the history and use of Dragoons prior to the USCW.
Oct
11
comment Why was Jesus crucified (historically?)
@EugeneSeidel ... and that new example comes under piracy. So far you're just convincing me that I perhaps need to clarify that one sentence a bit, not that the whole answer is misguided.
Oct
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Oct
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comment Why was Jesus crucified (historically?)
@EugeneSeidel - I disagree. Mass execution of rebelling slaves, or rebelling anyone for that matter, is precisely the kind of thing that falls under the heading "slaves, pirates, and enemies of the state.
Oct
10
comment Did it make sense to bring along infantry to reinforce attacking cavalry before the introduction of firearms?
This left me kinda confused. Your example is one of an essentially infantry-type battle where horses were just used for faster transport to the front lines. Your question seems to be about what help infantry might provide to purely mounted (and pre-gunpowder) actions. Do I have that right?
Oct
10
revised Did it make sense to bring along infantry to reinforce attacking cavalry before the introduction of firearms?
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Oct
10
comment What caused Iranians to convert to Shiite Islam?
@MMD - As an example, look at what happened to the Arian Christianity I mentioned in my answer above. Once the (Germanic) Franks had established themselves as the dominant force in Europe, capable of cowing the Popes, that Roman Catholic power structure started to look damn useful, rather than something to be shunned. Thus they were the first German tribe to abandon Arianisim. (Might have been the only ones to do it voluntarily, I'll have to go look that up).
Oct
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comment What caused Iranians to convert to Shiite Islam?
@MMD - I'm not entirely sure what you are asking. What I can say is that the Ottomans for most of their history (barring a brief intervention by the Mongols) were the most powerful force in the middle east. Thus they had no incentive to distance themselves from the existing Sunni power structure. Quite the opposite; embracing it helped them assimilate their empire in the levant. Baghdad would put up with non-Arab Sunni rulers much easier than they would have non-Arab Shia rulers. If the power gradient had been reversed, yes I believe they would have embraced Shia like the Iranians did.
Oct
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comment Why was Jesus crucified (historically?)
@Ali - Interesting. That was a Gnostic position too. Still, even they admit that somebody attempted to Crucify Jesus. What specifically happened after that attempt began isn't part of this question.
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