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Feb
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comment What is the current consensus on the origins of the Brahmi script?
@T.E.D. - Also Korean hangul, which is probably the most famous example of the phenomenon.
Feb
21
answered Who invented modern bookends? (both model T and model L)
Feb
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answered What is the current consensus on the origins of the Brahmi script?
Feb
21
answered What was the main diet of pre-agricultural Asians?
Feb
20
comment Is Howard Roark's potted history of architecture accurate?
Excellent answer! From the perspective of a student of Vitruvius, Roarke is correct. However, from a larger perspective, Vitruvius is probably partially correct - all of the Iron age mediterranean civilizations built stone columns, and the Egyptians started building theirs as early as 23rdC BCE. The wood-on-stone columns discovered at Naxos were built just after the Greek Dark Age, where they were almost certainly echoes of the stone columns of the Mycenaeans and Minoans. Sooo... he's right except he's wrong except he's right. :)
Feb
20
comment Is Howard Roark's potted history of architecture accurate?
Excellent answer! I should point out that Roarke was relying on Vitruvius - but Vitruvius was not necessarily a reliable source. All iron age civilizations built stone columns long before the classical greeks - it
Feb
20
comment Who first in human history has promoted equality rights of all people?
Code of Hammurabi is one of those old saws from middle school history curriculum that never winds up being updated. Everyone remembers it, as the origin of law is very important, but it's no longer accurate. There are indeed older and more comprehensive codes of law, but Hammurabi's is the best preserved and best known, so it gets taught as "the first". Infuriating.
Feb
20
answered What caused the turning point in Hundred Years' War?
Feb
20
answered Who first in human history has promoted equality rights of all people?
Feb
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comment Who first in human history has promoted equality rights of all people?
This is legend/religion and not history. -1.
Feb
19
revised Has there ever been a truly multi-sided war?
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Feb
14
answered What was the combat effectiveness of German infantry in the western front of the Second World War?
Feb
14
comment At what point did Soviet armored units have qualitative parity with Wehrmacht armored units?
The Char B2 was likewise unbeatable by German armor - but unlike the French, the Russians built a whole bunch of heavy and medium-heavy tanks, and knew how to deploy them for effect.
Feb
6
revised What were the effects of US foreign policy in the South East Asian region in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s on states with capitalist economies?
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Feb
6
comment What were the effects of US foreign policy in the South East Asian region in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s on states with capitalist economies?
Also note the Soviet Union (and its Eastern Block allies) and China backed successful revolutions in Africa and Central America with men, money and material at the same time as the war in Vietnam - their resources were demonstrably not tied up exclusively in Vietnam.
Feb
6
comment What were the effects of US foreign policy in the South East Asian region in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s on states with capitalist economies?
@ComeAndGo - Well, then, did communist Vietnam lend men, money or material to other Communist insurrections? No. They actually engaged in a brief war with Cambodia that overthrew the Khmer Rouge. The assertion that the Viet Nam war achieved any end is speculative at best, and countered by actual rather than speculated history.
Feb
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answered What were the effects of US foreign policy in the South East Asian region in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s on states with capitalist economies?