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revised Where is the tomb of Gengis Khan located?
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answered Where is the tomb of Gengis Khan located?
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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).
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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.
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revised What major historical event opened the door to the passage of a homesteading bill?
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answered What major historical event opened the door to the passage of a homesteading bill?
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revised Historical causes of the civil wars in Lebanon, Iraq, and Syria?
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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comment What factors enabled Europe to conquer almost the whole world?
So, how many years after the printing press' invention was Columbus' voyage? 1450-1492. Less than a generation. Interesting coincidence, no? All of human history to pick from, and it happens to occur that soon after the printing press is invented. You have to admit the timing makes it at least possible that the printing press had a hand in making Columbus important. Particularly so, when you consider that Europeans had actually "dicovered" this same landmass before.
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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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