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May
29
comment Is Taiwan always a part of People's Republic of China?
@jwenting - It's safe to assume Taiwan has nuclear weapons as well; of the three pariah nations of the '60s and '70s, South Africa, Israel and Taiwan, they were the only one with the technical and economic ability to run a nuclear program who didn't officially announce it.
May
23
awarded  Necromancer
May
19
awarded  Enlightened
May
18
awarded  Yearling
May
15
comment How did ancient armies keep the route of supplies to their battlefield?
@DVK Interesting to note - after the initial Mongol invasion of Europe, the Golden Horde invaded the same area of Hungary 40 years later. The Hungarians had used the intervening decades to build dozens of castles and holdfasts and walled towns, all garrisoned, which they used to store supplies securely and to harry foragers, denying them resources to carry out the campaign. The mongols were seen off after a two month campaign, soundly beaten.
May
15
comment Why wasn't Federal Republic of Central America a stable country?
Yup, there are something like 7 million mayan speakers in Mexico and Central America today - but there are actually a half million speakers each of a dozen or so dialects, many of which are incomprehensible to each other.
May
15
comment What was the nominal strength of a company in a British Regiment during the American war of Independence?
Yeah, 2400 is way out of range for 1775. Armies grew dramatically in size after the French Revolution to deal with a completely mobilized populace (like France's) - the French used sheer numbers to drown the professional militaries of the powers trying to restore the monarchy, so professional militaries grew much larger.
May
14
reviewed Leave Open Explaining differences in settler-first peoples mating
May
14
reviewed Leave Open Gap between poor and rich in the Roman Empire
May
14
comment Gap between poor and rich in the Roman Empire
It's a fine question - comparative standards of living and class structure is a hot topic in history. The answers may kerfluffle some political ideologues on the right side of the spectrum, but that's never a bad thing.
May
14
awarded  Custodian
May
6
reviewed Leave Open Has the strength of the historical-archaeological method ever been tested experimentally?
May
6
comment Has the strength of the historical-archaeological method ever been tested experimentally?
The academic discipline you're looking for is "experimental archaeology" - it's a pretty active field. In addition to applying their techniques to modern societies, they recreate artifacts using period technology and test their usage in real-world conditions.
May
6
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May
6
reviewed Reopen What was the last landmass on Earth to be settled by human beings?
May
6
reviewed Reviewed How come Week days in India match with Western system?
May
5
comment What was the last landmass on Earth to be settled by human beings?
I strongly disagree with the hold. Timelines of human settlement are a very important area of interest to historians and archaeologists.
Apr
25
comment What led to the romantic perception of the Mayan civilization?
Uncited and inflammatory, and worse, speculative and ahistorical.
Apr
4
comment Which came first, the shield or the sword?
@RazieMah - Sorry, I meant cultures contemporaneous to modern scholars. You cannot infer from modern-era (after 1492) Aboriginal culture when shields were introduced - you need reliably dated art depicting shields, written records of shields by contemporary writers, or reliably dated artifacts.
Apr
3
comment Which came first, the shield or the sword?
@RazieMah - To be honest, that's my issue with your answer. Contemporary cultures that seem "primitive" are not good indicators of the technology used in pre-history. Artifacts and contemporary records (in depictions or written) are the only evidence of the existence of a certain technology at a certain time.