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Hello world,

My name is not Monster Truck II and I was not born in 1920. But here is something about me that I feel comfortable sharing. I studied physics and computer science at college and enjoy reading (history, politics, and economics) and listening to music.

Here is my bookshelf:

https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/20250758-monster?order=a&shelf=non-fiction&sort=position


Jul
23
comment When were the different stories of Hindu gods written?
That does not sound right. The grammar and vocabulary indicate they were most probably written after the Gupta period. Furthermore, at least one of them "The Vishnu Puran" refers to all Gupta kings and describes in detail their fall.
Jul
21
comment What was the legal framework in Ancient India?
In the discovery of India, Nehru argued that Manusmriti took hold as Kautilya's arthashastra faded post Gupta period. Was this a return to Manusmriti or emergence of Manusmriti?
Jul
20
comment What was the legal framework in Ancient India?
@Drux. Thank you. I just found a copy (which returned me to this question and prompted a rewrite). It is a very interesting read.
Jun
29
comment Which type of cursive is historically correct?
The lower row does not look like cursive at all. Are you sure you have printed the characters accurately? en.wikipedia.org/wiki/… is how cursive looks.
Jun
21
comment Did the Romans have winter uniforms?
Seems the "look like this" weblink is down/unreachable.
Jun
15
comment In the British empire, what was the difference between a Governor General and a Viceroy?
@TomAu Sources should go into the main post IMHO.
Jun
1
comment What is this document marked “Palestine Bearer Bond”?
coins.delcampe.com/page/item/… works.
Jun
1
comment What are legitimate methods and sources?
@Carlo_R. I disagree. I think meta should be for discussions about the site itself.
May
28
comment Did the pope try to suppress the number zero?
This should be posted on skeptics.
May
27
comment What role did the Eastern Roman Empire play in the fall of the Western Roman Empire?
@Sally I did try to find it but sadly no. In fact, most reliable history sources that I have found in my experience are almost always in papers (if not stone!). Edward Gibbon (negative bias), Judith Herrin (romantic bias), and Will Durrant (Caesar and Christ; quite outdated), all three allude to this phenomenon.
May
27
comment What role did the Eastern Roman Empire play in the fall of the Western Roman Empire?
Actually, Judith Herrin writes about Eastern Emperors using skilled diplomacy to route invaders to the west.
May
26
comment Government started within another government
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egypt_(Roman_province) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Raj en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judea_(Roman_province)
May
26
comment Government started within another government
Egypt (under Romans), Judea (under Romans), the numerous princely states of India (under British Raj) and many more such examples…
May
25
comment Ancient statue I found near my place
Judging my the quality and the location of the find I feel that museums will definitely want to lay their hands over this artwork. A large sum of money awaits you!
May
24
comment British colony in Berlin
@FelixGoldberg Quite likely (give the title dean). But always best to confirm.
May
20
comment Why didn't the Arab states industrialize?
@T.E.D. On target. Yes, that's what I was looking for.
May
18
comment Why didn't the Arab states industrialize?
Someone somewhere on this site once remarked that one not ask why did country X not industrialise but rather why did Europe industrialise. Cannot find a link to that comment though.
Dec
10
comment Qin's use of the number six
Mr. Keay and I conversed this weekend and together concluded that cun is the right answer. Will explain more in a separate answer as the way we concluded is important but I think you deserve the credit for the correct answer.
Dec
9
comment Did the blanket pardon from 'The Three Musketeers' exist in real life?
@Anixx We need a source that says cardinals didn't have powers to give exemptions from the law. In almost all Catholic countries that wasn't the case in the medieval ages --the papal power was paramount to that of the sovereign's in religious matters and cardinals frequently used to bend things so as to make them "religious matters". See also Henry VIII's clash with the pope.
Dec
6
comment Italian History from 1870-1913: Why did Italy have such a hard time becoming a Great Power like Germany
@Person How is that relevant? Credentials mean nothing --verifiable facts are all that matter and they can come from a farmer or a doctor.