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Dec
5
comment Why did the United Kingdom industrialize first?
@spiceyokooko - I disagree. IMHO (as stated above) the relation worked the other way, and then built off itself in sort of a feedback loop.
Dec
5
comment At what point was the Byzantine Empire's decline irreversible?
My answer is talking about the Turkish people, not their rulers.
Dec
4
comment Throughout history, how many wars have there been between Russia and Japan?
I'm noticing that you have a 0% accept rate. For someone who has posted 15 questions (9 if we don't count the closed ones), that's not a good sign. I'm dumb enough not to care, but many people don't like to answer questions when they know ahead of time their effort will not be rewarded. Consider reviewing your old questions and accepting what you consider the best answers in some of them. There should be a little ghosted-out check mark next to every answer. Just click on that.
Dec
4
revised What is known about the possibility of a “real King Arthur”?
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Dec
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comment What is known about the possibility of a “real King Arthur”?
Obsolete nit removed. Actually, as I was composing my answer, the more I started to like this answer. So you get a +1 from me.
Dec
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revised What is known about the possibility of a “real King Arthur”?
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answered What is known about the possibility of a “real King Arthur”?
Dec
4
comment What are the historical reasons for the conventional map orientation?
Note that this map was a globe projection. Nice visual proof that both Ptolemy and 15th century Europeans realized that the earth is a globe.
Dec
3
comment Is one of the causes behind the cultural atmosphere surrounding the Scopes trial, and the concepts about family, “children are the future”?
I also don't see a question. However, that is an intriguing correlation, considering the two concepts (eugenics and darwinisim) go hand-in-hand. It doesn't make much sense from a pure scientific standpoint to support the former and decry the latter.
Dec
3
comment Was there an assassination attempt against Xerxes in the battle of Thermopylae?
Just a technical point, but attempting to kill the enemy commander during a battle or raid doesn't really constitute assassination.
Dec
3
comment Ancient and medieval canteens (water-bottles)
+1 just for using Ibn Battuta in an answer. :-)
Dec
3
comment Recognition of Palestine?
Highly approve of the edit.
Dec
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Nov
30
comment Recognition of Palestine?
Actually, now that I look at it again, you're right. I was thinking of the Peel Commision (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peel_Commission), but conflating it with the 1947 UN partition plan, which was another two-state solution. However, it looks like the Brits (who were helping run Jordan's military) essentially saw their Peel Commission idea carried out anyway. The UN never really approved that (even the US barely did). Dang, this is convoluted...
Nov
30
comment Recognition of Palestine?
There are IHMO some historical problems with this answer. For instance, the UN initially OK'ed Jordan to annex the west bank (and it did so for 20 years). The problem was that it then lost it again in a war (that by most accounts it started) with Israel. To make things worse Jordan doesn't want it back now, and Israel doesn't really want to annex it either, as it is full of non-Jews.
Nov
30
comment Recognition of Palestine?
I'd encourage dropping (or rephrasing?) point 4. If 1,400 years of living somewhere isn't a good claim, then almost nobody in the Western Hemisphere or Australia should be living where they are, the Turks don't belong in Turkey, the English don't belong in England, no slavs belong in the Balkans, the Hungarians don't belong in Hungary, etc. I do love history, but at some point you have to give up on it and deal with the situation as it exists today.
Nov
30
comment Recognition of Palestine?
@DVK - That's part of what's so sad about all this. It's pretty much impossible to be totally "fair", because there are so many details to everything that has happened, and there's no way to cover it all in a form short enough to keep it out of TL;DR land.
Nov
30
comment Recognition of Palestine?
Two clarifications. First, there was in fact, before all this started, a British territory there named "Palestine". However, that entity ceased to exist in the 40's. Second, Israel didn't just "take" them for fun. From the Israli point of view, all but one of the Arab/Isreli wars were in fact initiated by the Arab states (although definitively stating who "started" anything in this morass is asking for trouble).