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May
20
answered Are there confirmed cases where a country changed its language without being conquered?
May
20
comment What was Finland's role in the siege of Leningrad?
Interesting to note that during the Lapland War, the Fins did almost as well against the Germans as they did the Russians in the Winter War, inflicting 2:1 losses and suffering minimal civilian casualties, despite the Nazi "scorched earth" strategy.
May
20
comment Did the Roman Empire extend as far north as the Romans could grow wine?
@Drux - Tanais was a hellenic emporium colony that was a client city-state of the Bosporan Kingdom, which was a client kingdom of the Romans (and an outright Roman province for a time under Nero.) It's located in the delta of the Don River, and has been a part of the Russian Empire since 1771.
May
18
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May
18
comment Who is the earliest recorded person?
Yes, similar issues with the older Egyptian names, too - Ka and Iry-Hor aren't definitely names rater than titles. It'd be awesome if the first known name in history was the guy who brewed the beer.
Apr
7
comment Is there a correlation between the colonial power and the stability/success of the post colonial state?
@FelixGoldberg - King Leopold, not the Belgian state used mercenaries rather than the Belgian military, and the goal was resource extraction, not political control. What political control there was in place was top-down ordered from Belgium, in contrast of the British and French policy of indirect rule, using the locals to administer to the indigenous population of the colonized territory.
Apr
7
reviewed Leave Open Was the Flakpanzer IV used against infantry? If not, what was?
Apr
7
reviewed Leave Open How would a 16-17th Century European Rapier have been made?
Apr
7
comment How would a 16-17th Century European Rapier have been made?
I think the locus of the question is: what construction techniques were used to make rapiers? This is perfectly acceptable, a very active and interesting part of historical research - I believe the confusion is stemming from the included background on why the asker is interested in the question. It can be improved with some formatting and editing so the lede isn't buried.
Apr
7
comment What can be considered to be the single most important reason for the decline of muslim Golden Age?
@BrotherJack - But the question wasn't about the caliphate, but about the period of Islamic cultural and scientific achievement. The locus of Islamic learning and culture had shifted east along with its power centers. The Khwarezmian Empire in particular - Samarkand and Bukhara were on a meteoric rise even as Baghdad was on the wane. The Mongols put an abrupt halt to all Eastern Islamic culture, where in the West, the Reconquista and the corrupt and militarized regimes replacing the Famamids in the wake of the Crusades snuffed out the lights in Andalus and the Maghreb.
Apr
1
comment Why aren't there any Chinese colonies?
@jamesqf - The Norman invasion can be considered part of the Nordic Conquests, and is a part of medieval Europe - and you will note Napoleon sure couldn't hang onto what he conquered. Since the beginning of the modern era, even relatively small European states like Prussia, Switzerland and the Netherlands were insanely dangerous for larger powers to tangle with.
Feb
21
awarded  Nice Answer
Feb
15
reviewed Leave Open What factors made success a possibility for the South in the American Civil War?
Feb
15
reviewed Leave Open How did Greeks make greek fire?
Feb
15
reviewed Reopen What kind of music was played at European, High Middle Age (c. 1100-1400 A.D.)'s medieval universities' ceremonies?
Feb
15
reviewed Reopen Why did the Romans incorporate and rename the Greek pantheon?
Feb
15
reviewed Reopen Why did the US drop nuclear bombs on a weakened Japan?
Feb
11
comment Who first in human history has promoted equality rights of all people?
@user438 - History is generally written by those who were able to speak with witnesses or read other written accounts of the event. Once you write down oral history passed on from a time long distant, you have literature, and not history. Important in its own right, but not relevant here.
Dec
5
reviewed Reopen When was the last time a reigning monarch personally participated in battle?
Dec
5
reviewed Leave Open Did the proto-Indo-Europeans displace or overlay the pre-existing European tribes?