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comment How did Americans' hatred of taxes shape the country up through the Gilded Age?
an issue, yes. But a primary issue? I don't see your link providing any support for that. It seems to be specifically saying it wasn't.
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comment Did the Southern States make any attempt to secede from the Union through an act of Congress?
@Anaryl - If you have sources for some of this, as a matter of strategy it would be smart to include them in your answer (using the edit tools). Posting content with no links and no verbage like "historian X says", is just begging for downvotes. Doubly so if the topic happens to be controversial somewhere.
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comment Does the number of legs in the air of a horse statue indicate how its rider died?
I'm downvoting this (which is something I almost never do), due to it being a nigh-unreadable wall of text, in addition to some of the other problematic issues mentioned previously. I'll happily rescind that vote if some formatting and supporting links are added.
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comment How did Americans' hatred of taxes shape the country up through the Gilded Age?
I think you are misinterpreting that Civil War link of yours. The first sentence of the main section you are referencing currently reads: "Historians generally agree that economic conflicts were not a major cause of the war."
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comment How did Napoleon I succeed in France despite his shortcomings in French?
Just as a point of clarification, a lot of what the French consider separate languages (for internal political reasons) would be considered dialects by an English-speaker using a strict mutual-intelligibility metric. Even given that though, only the north half of France could be said to have traditionally spoken "a French dialect".
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comment Who are some preferably American “Great People” who were born to rich parents?
I don't care to do the exercise again right now, but about a decade ago I went through Forbes' list of the 50 richest Americans and looked up their background. IIRC, more than half had wealthy parents. Just about all the rest either got rich in tech or securities.
Apr
20
comment Who were the Deer Touchers?
I've never heard of that one before, but it has a distinct resemblance to counting coup, so its quite believable.
Apr
17
comment Why do so many national flags contain the color red?
I can't find anything at that link that has anything to do with your answer, so I'm editing it out. If you have a deeper link on that website you were thinking about, feel free to edit your answer and put that in.
Apr
17
comment Why do so many national flags contain the color red?
Backing @Semaphore up here. I could be missing something, but I went through the list linked in the question looking for patterns, and couldn't really find one. Even if you take out all flags with Communist or UK origins, there are still oodles of red ones. I'm guessing its just because its a primary color. There's loads of blue and yellow ones too.
Apr
17
comment What was done to improve the safety of jousts after the death of Henry II?
...also A Knight's Tale
Apr
16
comment Why did the French nobility adopt Calvinism?
There's an inherent thesis in here that, while theology may randomly appeal differently to different people, when people in large groups chose the same theology to the exclusion of other options rather than randomly picking different ones in an even distribution, there's invariably a societal or political reason for it.
Apr
15
comment What happened to sacrificed animals in ancient Greece?
Interesting. I'd heard that the good edible parts were typically kept to feed temple staff, and the rest burnt. I guess that's a myth then?
Apr
15
comment Why hire Hessian troops?
Note that at least some of this trouble in recruiting may have had to do with it not being viewed as a particularly just war amongst the English public. A lot of the middle and working classes had relatives in America, and the political party representing the middle class (the Whigs) was against the war.
Apr
13
comment When was the concept of “art criticism” first seen?
Socrates was supported by patrons, particularly among his students and their families. I believe that was the typical "monetization" method for philosophy in the ancient era. A less successful philosopher might have to fall back on family or personal resources (eg: inherited wealth) to make ends meet if patronage fell short. The same goes for pretty much any artist. So drawing a fine line for what is and isn't "professional" is going to be exceedingly difficult.
Apr
13
comment When was the concept of “art criticism” first seen?
@MarkC.Wallace - Haven't had a chance to read it myself. But based on all the talk about it I've seen, it looks like he's arguing for art criticism itself as an art, and laying out what that looks like. So an avocation rather than a vocation, if you will.
Apr
10
comment When and why did single deity religions become more popular than multi deity religions?
@DanNeely - This should not be read as a complete "cut-off" I'll see if I can clarify that somehow. History obviously didn't stop then. An even better critique along these lines would be the spread of Christianity in Eastern Europe and Scandanavia, which happened pretty much entirely after the fall of the Roman Empire.
Apr
10
comment Is Benedict XVI the first pope emeritus?
I know when last I looked at it, most such situations came about due to political disputes. What's probably new now is that the advent of modern medicine allows for a situation where the Catholic Church is liable to end up with popes who are unable to fully perform their duties for decades at a time if there isn't some provision for them retiring before death.
Apr
10
comment Is Benedict XVI the first pope emeritus?
Hmmm. I thought we'd had this question, but no. It seems like it ought to have been asked already though, so I'm glad we have it now. :-)
Apr
10
comment Are any civil wars — other than the American Civil War — commonly reenacted?
I suppose you could call that a "reenactment"...just not a very good-natured one.
Apr
10
comment Was there a single ancient religion that all others sprang from?
Some formatting please? My eyes! My eyes!