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Jan
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Jan
18
comment Does Genghish Khan Worship Tengri?
Interesting. This religon seems to have more resemblence to Lucas' The Force than to the dieties of most modern major religons. The Siouxan tribes of the great plains of North America (a very similar habitat to that occupied by the Mongols) believed in Wa-Kon-Da, which is a very similar concept. I wonder if there's something about the plains(aka steppe) environment that encourages that kind of belief system.
Jan
18
comment Which is the first genocide?
@RISwampYankee - The linked book does call out competition for resources as one of the catalysts for genocides (eg: In Rwanda part of the issue was overpopulation and the desire for land onwed by Tutsis). If your point was that the initial populating of the Old World might have caused a temporary hiatus in this behavior for a while, its a good point. However, I still have trouble believing there wouldn't have been the odd incident where a tribe became too weak to defend a good territory, and their neighbors noticed.
Jan
18
comment What is the state of the art historical analysis of claims that Carthaginians discovered America?
Frankly, I'm enough of a skeptic that I think this question belongs on skeptics.se.
Jan
18
comment Do we consider Carthage as belonging to a different civilization from the Phoenician one?
@FelixGoldberg - A better comparison would be the USA with England. Are they different cultures, or are they part of a larger English-speaking culture?
Jan
17
answered Which is the first genocide?
Jan
17
revised What came before the Zamboni?
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Jan
16
answered When did people start caring for the handicapped?
Jan
16
comment When did people start caring for the handicapped?
Yeah, I'd say two downvotes and two close votes w/o a comment as to why is bad form.
Jan
16
comment What came before the Zamboni?
This question posted today in honor of Frank Zamboni's 112th birthday.
Jan
16
asked What came before the Zamboni?
Jan
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answered Are modern Greeks related to the ancient Greeks?
Jan
15
answered When was the Eastern Front founded?
Jan
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comment What percentage of the population in the “Old West” actually carried handguns?
Handguns, or just guns? Rifles and shotguns (capable of taking down game, as well as holding off attacks) would have been considered essential, but I could see where handguns might not have been as common.
Jan
11
comment What was the status of Arab Christians during the crusades?
Agreeing with astbada here. I actually rather like a lot of the content in this answer. If nothing else, its a cool perspective. But this isn't supposed to be a forum for general pure-opinion pieces.
Jan
11
comment What was the status of Arab Christians during the crusades?
I have also read (I'll try to dig up where) that entire besieged cities were slaughtered regardless of the actual religon of individual inhabitants. I suspect the concept of an Arab Christian would have seemed an oxymoron to your typical Crusader (as it probably does to a lot of "low-information" Christians today).
Jan
11
revised Why does the monarchy of Belgium still exist after Leopold 2?
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Jan
11
answered Why does the monarchy of Belgium still exist after Leopold 2?
Jan
11
revised Why does the monarchy of Belgium still exist after Leopold 2?
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Jan
11
revised Which Babylonian tablets contains the list of squares and cubes?
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