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comment How could Roman Empire conquer whole Mediterranean after 2nd punic war in just 200 years?
I would point out that 200 years ago the United States of America was a tiny country of about 7 million living in a bit over a dozen states, mostly huddled on the Atlantic Coast, hemmed in by possessions of the world's most powerful empires. A lot can happen in 200 years.
9h
comment When was the first pentecostal church created?
@MarkC.Wallace - Not a bad point. Semantema, would it be possible to elaborate a bit on your question? One sentence is great for a title, but a bit terse for a question.
15h
comment Computer business in 1969
@msh210 - Presumably the least terms were in some way better than IBM's, or they wouldn't have had a business.
16h
comment When was the first pentecostal church created?
@MarkC.Wallace - Well, I found reading Wikipedia on this subject not quite so straightforward. I don't know why some people are looking to close this, but unless I'm missing something, it is most certainly not trivially answered.
16h
comment When was the first pentecostal church created?
Personally I'm attracted to #2 because it makes things much cleaner. However, I've learned to be extra suspicious of theories I'm attracted to for external reasons.
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comment Magic armies examples in history?
This isn't really the best place for diving into details of the Torah. I'd suggest either chat or another question.
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comment Magic armies examples in history?
@user6591 - It's debatable what exactly they believed back when they were doing this. I've heard it both ways (and from people with actual advanced degrees in the subject who have studied the text far more than I). But I suppose I should point out that many people will insist that it was actually some manner of avatar or focus object for their God, not the God himself. Either interpretation brings issues with the modern Judeo/Christian concept of God though (which is why people bother to argue vehemently over such a trivial nit).
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comment Magic armies examples in history?
@user6591 - Until you lose a battle and your God gets captured, yes.
1d
comment What was the first map of Antarctica having a shape based on real evidence?
This may be one of those questions we have to triangulate in on. Given that, I figure I can at least put down a point.
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comment Magic armies examples in history?
Note that from my own personal research, I have found documentation of the Osages (my tribe) performing battle magic rites. One would imagine this could probably be extrapolated to at least most Siouan peoples. However, it mostly appears to be preparatory in nature. You can glean some interesting things reading through LaFleshe's dictionary. It appears he actually wrote a whole book on their war ceremonies though. I'll have to look that one up.
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comment Is it fair to say Napoleon was the most powerful man on earth?
@PieterGeerkens - Right. But for all I know, it could just be that there wasn't much to speak of there during that period, and/or the person compiling the graph didn't care about Poland.
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comment Is it fair to say Napoleon was the most powerful man on earth?
@PieterGeerkens - It looks like the original data comes from Paul Bairoch's, "International Industrialization Levels from 1750 to 1980". IIRC, the page I took it from implied it was using modern boundaries in some cases, but the lack of any data for Poland is suspicious.
Feb
8
comment How much would votes sell for in early America?
I don't know about that era exactly, but corruption in Tammany Hall is fairly well documented, as it was under Huey Long (both in the early 20th Century). I vaguely remember reading a work of fiction for school (Upton Sinclair's The Jungle perhaps?) that recorded a character's stint buying votes. There are probably lots of other sources I'm not thinking of.
Feb
8
comment What was the motivation behind prohibiting hunting in King's forests?
I'll look it up if I get one of those elusive round tuits, but my understanding is that there were (professional) royal game masters who were responsible for taking care of the forest, which included keeping the king's household (and associated retinue) supplied with game meat. If a king himself hunts, it's for sport.
Feb
8
comment What was the motivation behind prohibiting hunting in King's forests?
Actually, the first tack I'd take is hunting conservation. 1 king (or his personal hunter) regularly taking game for his table would be a whole lot easier for a small tract of forest to absorb than all his thousands of subjects doing so.
Feb
8
comment Did any of these artists ever meet?
@TheMathemagician - Perhaps that was the 15th century equivalent of a rap battle.
Feb
7
comment What reasons did the Confederacy have for believing they would have a quick victory?
@AlaskaRon - I have trouble picturing the leaders of a society founded ultimately on a belief in their own racial superiority feeling like revolts among Greeks or Chinese had any relevance to their situation.
Feb
7
comment System of Government where the Same Family Cannot Inherit
@fdb - But that isn't entirely straight. There are in fact several married catholic priests running around today. I believe the typical path for that is conversion from the Episcopal(/Anglican) Church. It seems the Catholic Church considers conversions from nearby protestant sects a higher priority...
Feb
5
comment Why was there a reference to the Battle of Hastings in Harper Lee's novel?
I was under the impression that wry hyperbole for humorous purposes was essentially how Brits do what they call sarcasm. But then again, as an American I'm not an expert on these things.
Feb
5
comment Why was there a reference to the Battle of Hastings in Harper Lee's novel?
In the USA at least this is a historically important book of the mid to late 20th Century, and had an impact on the Civil Rights movement. Also, I'd argue the question is about what would be in the mind of an author in that same period when they said something like this. Its fairly recent history (I wasn't alive yet, but some of our readers were I'm sure), but I'd argue it IS still history.