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comment Why did the Union army favor a “western” route to approaching Richmond during the American Civil War
Not "answering" until I have a chance to consult some maps, but my understanding was always that this was the most direct overland route between DC and Richmond (the route the roads took). To take any other path (besides McClellan's seaborne route) would be to expose your supply lines to enemy counter-attacks along those same roads. Do I have that wrong?
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revised Did Louis XIV actually say “The State? I am the State.”? Could he have said it?
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comment Did Louis XIV actually say “The State? I am the State.”? Could he have said it?
I'm not a French expert, but isn't that more literally something like, "The State, that is I"?
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answered Did Louis XIV actually say “The State? I am the State.”? Could he have said it?
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comment What is the truth behind this speech by (Lord Macaulay)?
Figured out how to insert the ngrams in the post.
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comment Why did the Romans incorporate and rename the Greek pantheon?
I like this question a lot (so +1). However, wouldn't it be kind of tough to come up with "proof" this was the reason? I hope you're not expecting some kind of evil villian "now that I have you, Mr. Bond" plan confession, written down and preserved for 2,000 years.
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reviewed Approve Did Edward VIII's abdication follow constitutional procedures?
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comment Is there a possibility that the Islamic civilization visited America before Colombus?
@LouisRhys - Was tempted to post a counter-answer to Lennart's. Perhaps that makes this comment of yours worthy of its own question?
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comment What is the truth behind this speech by (Lord Macaulay)?
About that first bullet: Gnostics were a traditionally reviled Christian mystic cult that has had a very minor revance lately. It would be hard to imagine a much less trustworthy source.
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comment What is the truth behind this speech by (Lord Macaulay)?
Interestingly, if you extend those three Ngrams to 2008 (the latest Google will let you do), You'll see all three happened to peak in popularity right around 1998, and are currently in decline. That's coincidentally the same date as the first known appearance of this supposed speech in print. If you are the kind of person that believes in coincidences that is...
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answered What is the truth behind this speech by (Lord Macaulay)?
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comment Did Jefferson really say this quote about patriotism?
This doesn't nessecarily mean he originally came up with the phrase, but it does at least show him saying it, which is more than we have for Jefferson. So +1 from me.
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comment What would a Norseman in the early 11th century have worn as daily clothing?
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revised What would a Norseman in the early 11th century have worn as daily clothing?
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comment What is “discovery” in the historical sense? How do historians today view and describe “discoveries”?
In a more pedantic sense, Cook hadn't known it was there, so it was certainly a discovery for him.