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Jun
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comment Why did the Native American city of Cahokia die out?
@Mitch - Baghdad was one of the 33 or so in the next rank down, and I did say "in the west"; that atlas doesn't cover east asia (sadly). He has some that do, but the time frames are different, and the maps don't always line up perfectly. He's got a couple of volumes that look at world population history specifically, but sadly I don't have them. :-( All that aside though, I think the data, even if its a bit different than you expected, amply backs up your point.
Jun
15
comment Why did the Native American city of Cahokia die out?
@YannisRizos - Quite. I saw the same things you did. However, as I said, even if it was a factor, I'm fairly convinced there would have been a deeper cause behind the warfare. My head says probably lack of food due to the Little Ice Age. My heart however is tempted to say it was just the badass (Siouxan) Osages moving into their territory. This was Osage territory when the historical record opens, and they happen to be my tribe. :-)
Jun
15
comment Why did the Native American city of Cahokia die out?
@Mitch - According to my handy-dandy New Penguin Atlas of Medieval History, the largest cities in the west at the time (Ghent, Paris, Genoa, Milan, Venice, Florence, Constantinople, Tabriz, and Cairo) were all in the 50-125,000 range at around 1346. However, there were indeed oodles (33 by my count) of smaller cities in the same 23-49K range he's putting Cahokia in.
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Jun
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comment Where was the furthest extent of Arabian trade explorations?
+1 just for Ibn
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answered Did people have better nutrition before agriculture?
Jun
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comment What is the mark next to the hallmark on this silver object?
Could it possibly be the shape of the tip of the tongs the silversmith used to hold it while working?
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comment Did America ignore British patents during Industrialization
@James - True. In fact, it is quite within the US Congress' power to behave like the Kings of old and bestow a patent on some random person they happen to feel like financially supporting. Same with copyrights. It only has any relation to creation of the thing in question because Congress decided to write laws to that effect.
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comment Did America ignore British patents during Industrialization
@FelixGoldberg, I certianly wouldn't mind, but it would be off topic for this question. I'll see if I can find a good link to get you started.
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