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revised What factors enabled Europe to conquer almost the whole world?
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comment What factors enabled Europe to conquer almost the whole world?
Its OK as far as it goes. I just have big issues with arguments that it is the reason for Europe going on to conquer the world. For one thing, the Middle East and China were also hit by the same Black Death at the same time, so this isn't a differentiator. You have to explain why they reacted differently (if indeed they did), and then you have to explain why that isn't the real reason, rather than the random disease that brought it to the fore.
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comment What factors enabled Europe to conquer almost the whole world?
@PieterGeerkens - It is a fact that I've heard that theory as well. Its got some farily serious weaknesses IMHO, but in fairness some people do push it.
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comment What factors enabled Europe to conquer almost the whole world?
Related question: history.stackexchange.com/questions/1812/…
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comment What factors enabled Europe to conquer almost the whole world?
In fact, this is still an issue for the Chinese. They are right now going through an effort to try to agree on a standard subset of glyphs using only the 21,000 entries Unicode alloted them.
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comment Historical causes of the civil wars in Lebanon, Iraq, and Syria?
The poster may have had ulterior motives, and the original version certianly wasn't that great. But I don't see anything horribly wrong with the question as currently posed.
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comment What is the most important historical theme of Bronze age society
This isn't games.SE. Could you possibly be a bit more explicit about what history-related information you are looking for?
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comment Why did the Union army favor a “western” route to approaching Richmond during the American Civil War
@TomAu - He's mostly addressing a single point inherent in the premise of your question (the assertion that this route brought nothing but losses to tAotP), rather than directly addressing the question itself. IMHO that's reasonable if the point being made is way too long for a comment (I do it a lot myself). If a question really has a flawed central premise (I don't think so in this case, but perhaps arguable), this is often the only kind of answer possible.
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comment Did Louis XIV actually say “The State? I am the State.”? Could he have said it?
@Vector - I'm not talking about Louis' point of view, but that of his putative critics. If the only supposedly aggrieved parties in this exchange happened to be the (sub-king) nobility, it would be suspicously coincidental with what happened shortly thereafter: The Fronde. Statements dismissive of the rest of the nobility would have been awfully useful for someone trying to stir up the nobility against the King.
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comment Did Louis XIV actually say “The State? I am the State.”? Could he have said it?
@Vector - An interesting topic .... for another question (preferably on the Politics site).
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comment Did Louis XIV actually say “The State? I am the State.”? Could he have said it?
Interesting. So if I get this right, Jennings' main complaint about that attitude (which Jennings is arguing he wouldn't have had) was that it did not take into account the rights and priveleges of the rest of the French aristocracy, not that it was a bad description of things from a commoner's point of view?
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comment Did Louis XIV actually say “The State? I am the State.”? Could he have said it?
@MarkC.Wallace - Your second point I'm not sure I entirely disagree with, but so what? He presided over an absolute monarchy, that's meerly a description of how such a system operates. In our modern Lochian conception of things, if the people don't like that system, its their job to remove their consent (which they didn't bother to do for another century).