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comment Did Hitler really keep the blueprints of the current Nebraska state Capitol building in the drawer of his desk?
He's not asking to prove a negative. He's looking for corroborating evidence to a claim made in what was supposed to be a factual article. The second paragraph was more helpful and on-track as to why such corroborating evidence cannot be found.
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comment What was the first known war in history?
@KevinKeane The modern concept of a nation-state dates back to the Treaty of Westphalia (a bit older than 200 years ago, mid 17th) true, but the very definition of a state is a unified self-governing political entity, and one of those that can engage in armed conflict with another of its type is a concept vastly older than the 30 Years War.
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comment What was the first known war in history?
The first mention of the Mahabharat only dates to 400bce. No contemporaneous documents of the war remain, and no archaeological evidence the war occurred. Furthermore, what academic consensus there is on its historicity place it much later, in the iron age: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahabharata#Historical_context
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comment What are the oldest primary sources of recorded history in china?
This is a wildly ahistorical answer that ignores common consensus among literary scholars, historians and the archaeological record. Real crackpot stuff, and the answer's author seems to be willing to redefine well established terms of art such as "writing" and "history" whenever convenient.
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comment What does the inscription on this sword mean?
@PieterGeerkens Dominus X is more likely the expansion of "DX" - Lord Christ.
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answered Is there any support within the scholarly community for Cyrus Gordon's “Common Background of Greek and Hebrew Civilizations”?
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comment What is the earliest written date?
I find the "earliest date recorded" question the most compelling - but what would qualify? The Egyptians and Sumerians had some sophisticated astrological tools at the beginning of their literacy, but they don't always match cleanly with the Julian method of dating while doing a good job of keeping close track of time's passage on their own terms. Also, if just Julian, would you require a contemporaneous artifact, or is a copy of the document made at a later time (Such as the works Livy, where the original is lost) sufficient?
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comment Why didn't Stalin use force to bring Tito into line?
A very good answer, and also, Tito was a brilliant general well used to guerrilla warfare against an imperial power, and an excellent statesman with a knack of bridging seemingly insurmountable national and ethnic divides to unite against a common enemy. Pretty much the last thing Stalin wanted to deal with as an enemy.
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comment The Purpose of Mystery Object 40.9.11
Excellent answer. Also, you'll note there is a hole for the exposer mechanism in the upper corner of the case, near where the tensioner spool is inside. The film was likely already light-damaged past the point of recovery with its removal, even before our stalwart historians opened the box.
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answered What was the largest empire in terms of time of communication between its two ends?
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comment How long did belief in the Egyptian sun god Ra last?
@Questioner - The cult of Ra began to formalize its mythology and worship practices around the time of the Second Dynasty, so that's a good ballpark. It was integrated into a larger religious system during the Middle Kingdom, so Ra worship would be present in a temple to Isis and her cult at the end.