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Feb
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revised Umar ibn Khattab and Omar as a Western given name
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answered Umar ibn Khattab and Omar as a Western given name
Feb
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Feb
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comment in what form did William the Conqueror write the date of his own coronation?
William I was french, and the language of his court was Norman French and Latin - scribes writing in these would use French dates. I don't think English dates would be very important to him or his court.
Jan
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answered Have there been gay riots in the US?
Jan
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answered Is there a link between national debt/trade deficit and starting a war?
Jan
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awarded  Revival
Jan
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revised What was the original cause of the Camel War in Islamic history?
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Jan
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answered What was the original cause of the Camel War in Islamic history?
Jan
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comment Has the existence of a matriarchal society really been discredited?
I'm not certain anyone can argue that there has never been a matriarchal society. Hopi and Iriquoi probably qualify, as does the Mosuo culture in China. Here's an article about some matrilineal/matriarchal cultures in India: socyberty.com/society/matriarchal-societies-in-india
Jan
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answered Has the existence of a matriarchal society really been discredited?
Jan
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Jan
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revised What was the first known war in history?
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Jan
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comment Which is the first genocide?
The absence in this case is compelling - no cave paintings depict battle. There are modern hunter-gatherer cultures, like the Kalahari Bushmen, that do not engage in warfare. We have a lot of archeological evidence on early man, to the point where we can confidently identify Neanderthal religious rituals... but we cannot confirm war before Cemetery 117.
Jan
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answered What is the state of the art historical analysis of claims that Carthaginians discovered America?
Jan
18
comment Which is the first genocide?
Prides of chimpanzees do not write, and so their tribal warfare cannot be historical. The Wikipedia article mentions the Assyrian empire in passing, but does not offer specifics, and I'm not convinced there's not something older in ancient Egyptian, Mesopotamian, Chinese or Indian literature. This is a good question worth investigating.
Jan
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comment Which is the first genocide?
I'm not certain this is true. The earliest archaeological evidence of warfare dates only to 11,000BCE. Before then, hominids were pretty good about giving each other space - the economic cost of war in a hunter-gatherer society focussed more on gathering meant it was easier just to go someplace else rather than fight and kill other humans. It wasn't until the introduction of systematic hunting, and the tools it required and the resource scarcity it caused, that we learned to wipe each other out rather than just move away. War is technology, not instinct.
Jan
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comment What was the first known war in history?
The answer was incomplete - added a link to an article about the Sumer-Elam war.
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revised What was the first known war in history?
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comment Why is Thailand considered an Axis power in WWII?
OK. Here's a book on 20th Century Dictatorship - books.google.com/…