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Jan
7
comment How big were the biggest elections during the ancient era?
The Athenian Assembly could only hold 6000 at a time, and those were often paid - otherwise there'd be too many empty seats. Before they started paying, the typical assembly was seldom more than 5000. Cite: books.google.com/…
Jan
7
answered When was grass seed first imported specifically for aesthetic reasons?
Jan
7
comment What is the source of the Senate-as-saucer story?
In France, they still drink coffee from bowls: culinarytraditions.wordpress.com/2011/04/19/caf-au-lait
Jan
7
comment Why is Thailand considered an Axis power in WWII?
@Anixx - A militarist, ultranationalist authoritarian dictatorship with ties to the business class that was contemporaneous with and allied to other Fascist governments - what else could you possibly call it? I don't mean Fascist as a pejorative, I mean it was a textbook example of the concept. The wiki article on Phibun should help clarify this, and also provides more background on Thailand's involvement with the Japanese and the Axis: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plaek_Phibunsongkhram
Jan
7
comment What is the source of the Senate-as-saucer story?
Run a google image search for "18th century saucer." They're similar in shape to the drinking bowls of yore.
Jan
7
comment Why is Thailand considered an Axis power in WWII?
@Anixx - They weren't completely occupied until much later in the war; the situation was similar to Bulgaria's entry to the Triparte Pact - reluctant allies at gunpoint. The Thai people were even pro-Japanese for a time, especially after their success against the European powers in the region; it wasn't until 1942 when the Japanese began to turn the screw with the formation of the Thailand Garrison Army. Also, as Thailand was a fascist military dictatorship at the time, what the royals and their regents did or did not sign off on was irrelevant.
Jan
7
comment What is the source of the Senate-as-saucer story?
Note - saucers in the 18th and 19th century were shallow bowls rather than the plate-with-a-divot we're used to in modern saucer design. (It's why the phrase "feed the cat a saucer of milk" makes sense.)
Jan
4
comment Why is Thailand considered an Axis power in WWII?
@Anixx I believe they had a (very little) bit more independence than the Vichy - control over their military and a free hand in domestic affairs, etc. At least, at first...
Jan
4
answered Why is Thailand considered an Axis power in WWII?
Jan
4
comment Why China was able to unify and not Europe
@Felix Goldberg - It didn't last past the end of the Western Empire. The idea that outside and inside powers worked actively to keep Europe from unifying is historical fact - in the Middle Ages, it was at various times the Vikings, the Muslims, the Turks and the Mongols, and then the British took over and kept at it until WWII, when it finally blew up in their faces. I'm genuinely puzzled as to why you think this is a conspiracy theory - it's sound history.
Jan
3
answered Which is the first culinary book ever written?
Dec
19
comment When was “diablo” first used to refer to the Devil?
@coleopterist - The origination of the greek diabolos is the question you want, then. The synonymity of devil and diablo is due to deofol being a germanic corruption of diabolus. (As is teuful, the current german word for same) Cite: etymonline.com/index.php?term=devil&allowed_in_frame=0
Dec
19
comment When was “diablo” first used to refer to the Devil?
Are you asking how the greek phrase diabolos came to represent the devil, or are you asking how and why the spanish word diablo is different than the english word devil? Bear in mind, both diablo and devil are derived from the latin diabolus. (The old english word wheich became devil is "deofol")
Dec
12
comment What was the first assassination/murder recorded on film?
Note for those researching this - a lot of early "combat" and "crime" footage were re-enactments supplied by the Edison Company for newsreels. (Edison went so far as to have a model of San Francisco built, set on fire and shook by a camera assistant, and sold this as footage of the San Francisco Earthquake).
Dec
10
comment In the US Civil War, what factors contributed to the Union having such a numerical advantage over the Confederacy?
@Sardathrion - No, Jim Thio's correct. Arkansas had units in both the Union and Confederate armies, Mississippi had an entire county secede to rejoin the Union, Maryland and Kentucky were geographically, culturally and economically southern, and declared for Union, and California is on the same latitude as most of the south.
Dec
6
comment Why did the United Kingdom industrialize first?
No, we are talking about the modern era of Western Civilization (you're living in it), and the first society to industrialize was the Dutch Republic. The English came later, and were ultimately more successful.. but they trod along the path the Dutch had blazed. English textile mills used Cornelis Corneliszoon's reciprocating crankshaft, when they were built a century later. Any book on the Dutch Golden Age will cover emigration of windmill builders to other parts of Europe, and the Dutch attempts to stop it. Maybe you should read some of them?
Dec
5
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Dec
5
comment Why did the United Kingdom industrialize first?
No, I'm sorry, this is still incorrect. Not only were they the first to industrialize, the reciprocating crankshaft of Cornelis Cornelisz allowed them to do it. ( en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cornelis_Corneliszoon ) Here's a chapter on Dutch industrialization in the early 17th century: books.google.com/…
Dec
5
comment Why did the United Kingdom industrialize first?
@FelixGoldberg - Do not downnvote when you don't understand the subject matter. The Dutch Golden Age absolutely did involve modernizing industry. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
Dec
4
comment Lion in the european monarchies' flags
You want more and better sources, you say? Edited.