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Feb
22
comment How did a nomadic minority group the Manchus come to rule over China?
@T.E.D. - And yet it was usually the peasants with pointy sticks who did the most damage - Martel at Tours, Richard the Lionhearted vs. Saladin, Swiss Pikemen - western cavalry was always a bit crap, even in antiquity, but its heavy infantry usually matched up well.
Feb
22
comment How did a nomadic minority group the Manchus come to rule over China?
@Ted - There were a lot of Chinese defectors; POWs and refugees from the rebellions. Musketry didn't really play much of a part in 17th century China, tho they did use artillery.
Feb
22
revised How did a nomadic minority group the Manchus come to rule over China?
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Feb
22
comment How did a nomadic minority group the Manchus come to rule over China?
The Eight Banners army didn't operate anything like the Mongols.
Feb
22
answered How did a nomadic minority group the Manchus come to rule over China?
Feb
13
answered Were Soviet warships allowed to use the Panama canal?
Feb
11
comment Was any pope imprisoned during his service to Catholic Church?
The GIS for "schiaffio di Anagni" turned out to be somewhat amusing...
Feb
11
answered What is the citation-system for the Linear B tablets?
Feb
11
answered Why did Greeks and Romans dilute their wine?
Feb
8
answered Did the British somehow imitate the Greek colonizers in India?
Feb
8
comment Did the Chinese Develop Steam Engines Prior to the 17th Century?
I'm gonna defend Pawn Stars - it's the only worthwhile thing on the channel. Every show, they give some interesting lesson on American or World history, and the charming cast pays rapt attention to historians and other experts. The lesson of the show is that history is valuable and interesting - I'm happy it's as popular as it is.
Feb
7
reviewed Reject suggested edit on German Government branches during World War 2
Feb
7
comment Why are many African nations poor?
@LennartRegebro - The Asian tigers only emerged in the past 50 years - post-war. China and Vietnam has only 20 years of (very unequally distributed) prosperity under its belt, and Asia was never treated as brutally by her colonial masters as Africa (the Japanese Empire notwithstanding). More, Asia wasn't divvied up arbitrarily in the way Africa was - Asian countries more or less kept their natural borders. No such luck in Africa. And, also, countries like Botswana are starting to look a lot like the Asian tigers did in the '60s - poised for serious growth. Give it time.
Feb
6
comment Why did Fakhr-al-Din seek a treaty with Tuscany, of all places?
@Felix Goldberg - Here is an article by the author of an upcoming English-language biography of Fakhr: tjgorton.wordpress.com/…
Feb
6
revised Why did Fakhr-al-Din seek a treaty with Tuscany, of all places?
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Feb
6
answered Why did Fakhr-al-Din seek a treaty with Tuscany, of all places?
Feb
6
comment Umar ibn Khattab and Omar as a Western given name
Dunno - we don't see as many (or any) Kenaz or Temans.
Feb
5
comment Identification of a treacherous general of 17th century China
@lohoris - The prince was the 9th generation of his family, and the Chongzhen Emperor wiped out his own branch of the family before committing suicide. Many of the Ming nobles and generals then declared for the Manchurians to quell the numerous peasant rebellions, those who did not were seen as traitors and eventually destroyed.
Feb
5
answered Identification of a treacherous general of 17th century China
Feb
4
revised Umar ibn Khattab and Omar as a Western given name
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