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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.
Apr
3
revised Which came first, the shield or the sword?
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Apr
3
comment Which came first, the shield or the sword?
@jwenting - Swords and shields are objects we have a very good archaeological record for, and clear timelines of their development.
Apr
3
answered Which came first, the shield or the sword?
Apr
3
comment Which came first, the shield or the sword?
@YannisRizos - Axes and clubs were far more common infantry weapons in the chalcolithic and early bronze age. Daggers are fairly useless in combat, due to the reach and momentum of the larger weapons - it wasn't until bronzeworking became advanced enough to support flexible and strong blades that the dagger was lengthened to the sword - and even then, transitional weapons like the khopesh came first.
Feb
26
awarded  Citizen Patrol
Feb
26
reviewed Approve Which country ruled Flanders in the 16th century?
Feb
26
reviewed Approve What happened to Japanese employees after Pearl Harbor?
Feb
26
comment Is it true that US tracer rounds were red and VC green during Vietnam war?
Great answer - can you offer a cite for further exploration on the topic?
Feb
23
comment Why did France make an alliance with the Kingdom of Sardinia-Piedmont in the 1850's?
@FelixGoldberg - A minor power that also wound up with the united Italian throne, and kept it until the second world war. Much like the Habsburgs and Hanvovers, the Savoys were everywhere in European nobility. An alliance with their seat of power couldn't hurt, especially as a political marriage was out.
Feb
22
comment What are the earliest examples in history where one state/people stepped in to rescue another?
The term is "Amical Protectorate" - where a major power steps in to defend a weaker one without demanding much in return (tho the Baltic states and Karelia may disagree). It's a tough term to search on, tho, as the British Empire was littered with protectorates of other sorts in places where ancient civilizations flourished, and this poisons the search results.
Feb
22
answered Why did France make an alliance with the Kingdom of Sardinia-Piedmont in the 1850's?
Feb
22
awarded  Revival
Feb
21
reviewed Leave Open To what extent were religious groups persecuted in the Soviet Union?
Feb
21
reviewed Close What were the long-term effects of Reconstruction in the South?
Feb
21
awarded  Custodian
Feb
21
reviewed Close Looking for the source of a quote on Nazi ideology