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Sep
13
answered Are the Samaritans descendants of Israel's lost tribes, and so rightfully considered Israelites?
Sep
13
revised Why did no Independent American Indian states ever develop?
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Sep
13
comment What factors enabled Europe to conquer almost the whole world?
@MMD - Sorry but I'm probably not the one to post that, as IMHO it is just symptomatic of the weakness in the Black Death Economic theory for explaining European Supremecy. It's not some mystery to be solved. The theory is just flawed for our purposes here. Better to discard it in favor of one that actually explains the facts better. Occam's Razor. That's why I didn't bother listing it in my answer. However, if it helps explain some of the lower-level social and economic changes in Europe afterwards, by all means use it for that.
Sep
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revised What factors enabled Europe to conquer almost the whole world?
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Sep
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comment Why did no Independent American Indian states ever develop?
@EugeneSeidel - Yes. Notice how you can actually see the eastern and southern borders of Oklahoma just by the NA distribution. So its not like the folks who tried to create the state of Sequoya went away...
Sep
13
comment Where is the tomb of Gengis Khan located?
@hRb - The "legend" appears to have orignated in China, which does use tombs. But Mongolia at the time did not. So that legend is most likely a Chinese invention.
Sep
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revised Where is the tomb of Gengis Khan located?
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Sep
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comment Where is the tomb of Gengis Khan located?
Well, if the answer is "nobody knows", IMHO that's still an answer. :-)
Sep
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revised Where is the tomb of Gengis Khan located?
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Sep
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answered Where is the tomb of Gengis Khan located?
Sep
12
comment Why was the water in roman fountains cold?
Hmmm. I did find a scientific study in that lake. They saw (if I'm reading things right) the water there get at least as warm as 68F in July of 2000. That didn't at first seem all that cool to my sheltered first world self, but in July in Ancient Rome it would certianly feel that way. It is way colder than I'd want to swim in. "Alpine" Lake Tahoe has a summer water temperature that doesn't tend to venture over 70, and its famous for how cold its water is. (I went there one summer. I can vouch it felt freaking cold).
Sep
12
comment Why was the water in roman fountains cold?
Addressing temperature: I couldn't find a link (for my English eyes anyway) listing the typical water temperature in this lake. I know alpine lakes, fed water by snowmelt, are rather famous for having very cold water. The pictures for this lake do look like an alpine lake, but technically is elevation is way below the "alpine" level of 1,500 m.
Sep
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revised Why was the water in roman fountains cold?
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Sep
11
revised What major historical event opened the door to the passage of a homesteading bill?
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Sep
11
answered What major historical event opened the door to the passage of a homesteading bill?
Sep
11
revised Historical causes of the civil wars in Lebanon, Iraq, and Syria?
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Sep
10
comment How good were Confederate resupply capabilities during the Gettysburg campaign?
If you can find a link backing up the last paragraph (ought not to be too tough, I'd think), this would be good enough for an upvote from me.
Sep
10
comment A Rake's Progress: What is that weird hat-like thing?
For those who are curious (like I was), the term Rake applied to a person does indeed predate these paintings. So the name "Rakewell" was probably chosen to invoke that, not the other way around.
Sep
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comment A Rake's Progress: What is that weird hat-like thing?
Looks like a really good explanation to me. Reading up on this painting, this was supposed to be some kind of just rolled out of bed "audience". Everyone else in the picture would be some kind of employee/flunky. So it would make sense for him to emphasise his supremecy by being fashionably partially dressed.
Sep
10
comment What factors enabled Europe to conquer almost the whole world?
Some good points here. The problem is that GG&S does a great job on why it was Eurasians, but not on why Europeans specifically. Where you try to do that here, IMHO it isn't getting at the root of things. For instance, in the middle ages Europeans definitely had customs of warfare that weren't about just killing large numbers of the enemy (eg: Single Combat). I'd argue that a modern scientific view of warfare is only really available to a society capable of writing and distributing a large number of books on the subject.