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Jun
24
comment Was the secession of the Confederate states illegal?
This is clearly the correct answer, well researched and convincingly argued.
Jun
11
reviewed Leave Open Which of the participant states was benefited in the long run by the Congress of Vienna?
Jun
11
reviewed Looks OK What was the ratio of German to Soviet losses on eastern front during different stages of the war?
May
27
reviewed Reopen Why did wheat become the dominant food culture?
May
27
reviewed Reopen What was the political consciousness of a 15th century English peasant?
May
27
reviewed Leave Open Why is the Bishopric of Canterbury located in London?
May
27
reviewed Leave Open What was the first broadcast television programme?
May
20
answered Are there confirmed cases where a country changed its language without being conquered?
May
20
comment What was Finland's role in the siege of Leningrad?
Interesting to note that during the Lapland War, the Fins did almost as well against the Germans as they did the Russians in the Winter War, inflicting 2:1 losses and suffering minimal civilian casualties, despite the Nazi "scorched earth" strategy.
May
20
comment Did the Roman Empire extend as far north as the Romans could grow wine?
@Drux - Tanais was a hellenic emporium colony that was a client city-state of the Bosporan Kingdom, which was a client kingdom of the Romans (and an outright Roman province for a time under Nero.) It's located in the delta of the Don River, and has been a part of the Russian Empire since 1771.
May
18
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May
18
comment Who is the earliest recorded person?
Yes, similar issues with the older Egyptian names, too - Ka and Iry-Hor aren't definitely names rater than titles. It'd be awesome if the first known name in history was the guy who brewed the beer.
Apr
7
comment Is there a correlation between the colonial power and the stability/success of the post colonial state?
@FelixGoldberg - King Leopold, not the Belgian state used mercenaries rather than the Belgian military, and the goal was resource extraction, not political control. What political control there was in place was top-down ordered from Belgium, in contrast of the British and French policy of indirect rule, using the locals to administer to the indigenous population of the colonized territory.
Apr
7
reviewed Leave Open Was the Flakpanzer IV used against infantry? If not, what was?
Apr
7
reviewed Leave Open How would a 16-17th Century European Rapier have been made?
Apr
7
comment How would a 16-17th Century European Rapier have been made?
I think the locus of the question is: what construction techniques were used to make rapiers? This is perfectly acceptable, a very active and interesting part of historical research - I believe the confusion is stemming from the included background on why the asker is interested in the question. It can be improved with some formatting and editing so the lede isn't buried.
Apr
7
comment What can be considered to be the single most important reason for the decline of muslim Golden Age?
@BrotherJack - But the question wasn't about the caliphate, but about the period of Islamic cultural and scientific achievement. The locus of Islamic learning and culture had shifted east along with its power centers. The Khwarezmian Empire in particular - Samarkand and Bukhara were on a meteoric rise even as Baghdad was on the wane. The Mongols put an abrupt halt to all Eastern Islamic culture, where in the West, the Reconquista and the corrupt and militarized regimes replacing the Famamids in the wake of the Crusades snuffed out the lights in Andalus and the Maghreb.
Apr
1
comment Why aren't there any Chinese colonies?
@jamesqf - The Norman invasion can be considered part of the Nordic Conquests, and is a part of medieval Europe - and you will note Napoleon sure couldn't hang onto what he conquered. Since the beginning of the modern era, even relatively small European states like Prussia, Switzerland and the Netherlands were insanely dangerous for larger powers to tangle with.
Feb
21
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Feb
15
reviewed Leave Open What factors made success a possibility for the South in the American Civil War?