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Feb
22
comment Where did the design of the US Colonel insignia come from?
The cynic in me would like to believe the bird insignia has to do with Colonel Sanders, but the timing is wrong. :-)
Feb
22
comment Nymphodorus of Syracuse
Word to the wise: be very careful when searching for this name on the internet. ;-)
Feb
22
comment How did a nomadic minority group the Manchus come to rule over China?
@DVK - I did. You probably didn't notice because I spelled it "Yuan". :-)
Feb
22
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Feb
22
comment How did a nomadic minority group the Manchus come to rule over China?
@Drux - That was sort of the magic of China. The country had an entrenched beuracracy that made it essentially an unsinkable unit. Conquerors wouldn't mess with the gravy train, and were always eventually assimilated. Europe didn't have that luxury, and had to rebuild their socities to allow for a class of "horse junkies" who could do the fighting and hold their own against pastoralists.
Feb
22
comment How did a nomadic minority group the Manchus come to rule over China?
@RISwampYankee - I did notice that available pictures for The Eight Banners showed a lot of Chinese-style pikemen. That may be a stylistic anachronisim though, as we were well into the gunpowder age by then. If nothing else, a proper army of the day should at least be toting flintlocks.
Feb
22
answered How did a nomadic minority group the Manchus come to rule over China?
Feb
20
comment Since the inception of the United States, has the term “America” ever referred to something more than simply “the United States”?
+1 Folks from Latin America can get quite sticky about this point. For reference, see english.stackexchange.com/questions/5111/…
Feb
20
comment Instances of the UN defusing serious crises
Part of what allowed this to be something the UN could defuse was that this particular action did not have the support of the US, where it was viewed as a retrograde colonial grab by France and the UK at the canal.
Feb
20
revised Did emperor Kangxi indirectly contribute to China's massive population and subsequent problem?
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Feb
20
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Feb
20
answered Did emperor Kangxi indirectly contribute to China's massive population and subsequent problem?
Feb
20
comment How did the “Forty Niners” get to California in 1849?
@Tom Au - As a matter of fact, the Cali Gold Rush was the impetus behind the building of the Panama Railway. See en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panama_Canal_Railway#1855_Panama_Railroad. However, I seriously doubt Wright's claim that any significant amount of people traveled that route before the Railway's completion in 1855. The land between was impassible mountainous jungle, infested with malaria and yellow-fever mosquitoes. 5-10,000 people died building the railroad. For a while, the area's cheif export was medical cadavers.
Feb
19
comment Was Eumenes really a non Greek by birth?
Very distinct. Thracians were an agricultural people. Their language was Indo-European, but otherwise has remained uncatagorized. The Sythians were pastoralists who spoke an Eastern Iranian language.
Feb
19
revised Why did the Arab League re-admit Egypt in 1989?
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Feb
18
revised Why did the Arab League re-admit Egypt in 1989?
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Feb
18
answered Why did the Arab League re-admit Egypt in 1989?
Feb
18
revised Time of day first traffic light exploded
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Feb
18
comment What did sectionalism have to do with the American civil war?
It might help to define "sectionalism" as you are considering it.
Feb
16
comment Is the steel pan the only acoustic musical instrument to be invented in the 20th century and used widely around the world?
@NathanCooper - Looking over the questions there, I think this one would be kinda out of place.