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Mar
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comment What percentage of Jews were in “finance” (money-lenders) throughout Middle Ages?
I dunno. In a world where tax collection was more of an awarded government contract that a direct government job, it might make sense to consider it part of the "financial services industry" of the day.
Mar
19
comment Why did Poland keep Warsaw as its capital instead of returning it to Krakow in the 20th century?
You really, really need to work on shortening your answers a bit. However, I'm still giving you a +1 for introducing me to "Wladyslaw I the Elbow-high". :-)
Mar
18
comment Historical use of alcohol as a source of clean water
True. I was thinking of beer (grain fermentation) due to some recent articles (my bad). Fermented fruit can literally be found all over the ground during the right time of year.
Mar
18
comment Historical use of alcohol as a source of clean water
Got a link for this assertion? It sounds possible, but my understanding is that the origins of alcohol are still hotly debated.
Mar
18
revised What was Lenin's “New Economic Policy” and what complications did it have?
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Mar
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comment Who were the Catholic popes before Francis I who used names not of Latin, Greek or Jewish origin?
@DarekWędrychowski - There were actually a few others I could mention. Almost all are Italians who kept their birth names. The further you go back the more debatable the difference between Latin and Italian is though.
Mar
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revised Who were the Catholic popes before Francis I who used names not of Latin, Greek or Jewish origin?
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comment Who were the Catholic popes before Francis I who used names not of Latin, Greek or Jewish origin?
While we are vaguely on the subject, I have to make note of my all-time favorite Pope name: Pope Hilarious If Father Guido Sarducci is ever elected Pope, he should take Pope Hilarious II.
Mar
15
answered Who were the Catholic popes before Francis I who used names not of Latin, Greek or Jewish origin?
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revised Did the Germans use a “Verdun”-like strategy at Stalingrad?
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revised Did the Germans use a “Verdun”-like strategy at Stalingrad?
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Mar
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answered Did the Germans use a “Verdun”-like strategy at Stalingrad?
Mar
14
comment Why did so many Italians emigrate to Argentina?
Another thing to mention in this regard is that pretty much all the available land in the Old South was by this time owned by somebody. It was only Argentina that still had lots of available land in the temperate zone. ...still, 4 million Italilans did immigrate to the USA. I know of at least two families (those of my minister's wife's parents) that even immigrated from Sicily to east Texas to take up farming there. So it wasn't unheard of.
Mar
14
comment Why did so many Italians emigrate to Argentina?
@DarekWędrychowski - You need to go pick up a copy of Gun, Germs, and Steel.
Mar
14
answered Why did so many Italians emigrate to Argentina?
Mar
11
comment Were Russian recruits ever chained?
Rather than go round-and-round till we understand each other, I've edited it to make it clearer to me. If you don't like the edit, feel free to revert. (I'm +1ing this on the assumption I have the sense of what you were saying right).
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revised Were Russian recruits ever chained?
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11
answered Were there any successful attempts by the Allies to “turn” groups of Axis soldiers?
Mar
11
revised Can the new testament be a valid historical record on the real life of Jesus?
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