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Jan
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reviewed Leave Open Where were Racka sheep brought to Europe from and when?
Jan
21
comment Where were Racka sheep brought to Europe from and when?
@TylerDurden - The origin and distribution of crops and livestock is an active and lively field of historical research - not all history revolves around kings and battles.
Jan
18
reviewed Approve Is there any documentation that indicates the Aztecs were as violent as they are made out?
Jan
18
comment Why didn't Native Americans have big sailing ships?
@JonofAllTrades - No, the answer is incomplete, but not incorrect. There was nothing in the Caribbean until the Europeans brought sugarcane. No reason to risk sea travel on regular trade routes - there was no equivalent to the Mediterranean, Black, Red, Baltic or Caspian seas, ringed by civilizations, no equivalent of the great archipelagos of South and East Asia. The Great Lakes and Gulf of St. Lawrence didn't have enough population to make maritime trade worth the considerable risk.
Jan
18
comment Why didn't Native Americans have big sailing ships?
@JonofAllTrades - North America would not see a city larger than Cahokia until Philadelphia in 1780. At its peak, it was twice the size of London. The book "1491" may help give you a better understanding of the technological level of pre-contact civilizations in the Americas.
Dec
21
reviewed Reopen How did French people greet in 1400?
Dec
18
comment Was Otto Carius fair in his assessment of American forces vs. Russians?
+1 for "Otto was still the one inside the pocket." The number of Americans lost, considering there were more than 8 million Germans killed or captured in the West, is so low it's surreal. The difference between fighting decisive engagements and achieving strategic goals, one wins the day, the other wins the war.
Dec
18
answered How to rebut Holocaust denial argument?
Dec
17
comment Why was slavery profitable in the Southern colonies and not New England?
That, and the technology made available in the 18th C. favored the crops grown in the cold north - the seed drill, the Dutch plow, the horse-hoe, canning - and new public infrastructure like improved roads, rivers and canals allowed frontier farmers to sell crops and livestock to urban markets. This made free farms of the North competitive with the slave plantations in the South, despite the climate.
Dec
16
comment Why was slavery profitable in the Southern colonies and not New England?
@TylerDurden - I'm in Rhode Island right now, born and raised. South County was a very small area of a very small New England colony that had proportionately high population of slaves in the mid 18thc, similar to the 19thc South. We're still talking less than 4k slaves in the colony entire. Slave-owning was ended in the State of RI after the revolution, only 384 remained by 1800. Almost all of the stone walls in NE were built by farmers from stones they tilled up from their fields from the early 17thc up until the middle of the 20thc. So, the answer is mostly un-researched baloney.
Dec
15
reviewed Reopen How much money did the participating nations spend in the Napoleonic Wars?
Dec
15
reviewed Reopen Why was Germany held accountable for WW1?
Dec
15
reviewed Reopen Did Heinrich Schliemann discover Troy?
Dec
15
reviewed Leave Open Tomb for Charles V (of france) and Jeanne de Bourbon in Saint Denis?
Dec
15
reviewed Leave Open Did Martin Luther King's political outlook change during the civil rights movement?
Dec
15
reviewed Leave Open Evidence for appealing to the divine as a means of influencing behavior
Dec
14
comment Why were North Native Americans less advanced than Central or South?
@StuartAllan - The Egyptians, Mesopotamians and Crete/Mycenae urbanized wayyyyy before Northern Europe. This is generally believed to be due to climate. It's not until the Renaissance that cold places contributed meaningfully to urbanized culture, mostly due to advances in logistics and technology. (China is a very different story, tho! But we cannot overlook the role climate played in the development of the west, and can't help but find possible parallels in the Americas.)
Dec
14
comment What was the primary reason for the rise and success of the Roman republic / empire?
@Alex - No-one outside Italy could imitate Legionary tactics and logistics, and no-one in Italy could match Rome's population and wealth, both required to field effective armies. Hannibal wiped out Legions entire, and Rome still had the resources to go after Carthage while holding him at bay. Resources, tactics, logistics and long term strategy could have been this answer's "TL;DR" summation.