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Aug
29
reviewed Reject suggested edit on Who invented the first flag?
Aug
29
comment What would a Norseman in the early 11th century have worn as daily clothing?
Let me note here that heavy wool is a very effective material for extreme cold - it insulates even when wet, and wicks moisture away from the wearer. Garment company "Filson's" sells wool clothing meant for winter activities outdoors that's popular with outdoorsmen in the Upper Midwest and Canada, every bit as cold as Scandinavia. Wool in this context does not equate to a wool sweater or suit jacket.
Aug
21
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Is the claim that Hitler came to power democratically justified?
Aug
20
revised How did St Sebastian become a gay male icon?
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Aug
20
revised How did St Sebastian become a gay male icon?
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Aug
20
comment How big was the kapa trade out of Hawaii?
To clarify, tapa cloth was used for patching sails - not as durable as canvas, but it's hard to find cotton in the middle of the Pacific. Trying to run down an online source for this now...
Aug
20
answered How did St Sebastian become a gay male icon?
Aug
15
reviewed Reject suggested edit on What are examples of official documents or speeches composed in verse?
Aug
13
comment Why, in the US, is Japanese brutality ignored compared with the Nazi brutality in WW2?
@DVK - "Salon, the most left wing rag possible" - you must live a =very= sheltered life. Salon is, at best, Center Right. Now =this= is a left wing rag: zcommunications.org/zmag
Aug
12
comment Is there a correlation between the colonial power and the stability/success of the post colonial state?
The nations mentioned had the original peoples and cultures all but wiped out by disease and genocide during the heyday of colonization. The original question, whether explicit in this or not, was asking which European Colonial power's flavor of White Supremacist rule was better than the others. There is a good question in here, tho, as to the differences between true colonization - as in the US and ANZAC - and Empire - as in India, Asia and Africa.
Aug
12
answered Civilizations evolution with common technologies like pyramids in Egyptian and Aztecs
Aug
8
comment How was the United States able to produce excellent tanks in 1942?
@Schwit Janwityanuljt - The Panther wasn't in time to save Africa. The M4 had a somewhat faster road/overland speed than the Panzer IV and III, and did not need to stop for maintenance as often. It was completely outclassed by the Panther, no doubt. There were around six thousand Panthers built - and fifty thousand Shermans. It didn't matter that it was outclassed.
Jun
13
answered Did archers synchronize fire? Why?
Jun
11
comment How were small swords worn in the 18th century?
This answer is likely incorrect or incomplete. Ribbons sewn into the coat were used for hanging swords in the first half of the 17th century. I'm trying to run down if it was still the fashion during the heyday of the smallsword (1670-1770 or so)
Jun
10
comment Could depicted items (brooch, urn, key) really be 3000 years old?
We will need a better photo of the items - the pattern on the "brooch", and any patterns on the "urn." The key is likely medeval or modern, tho... the ancients did not have similar keys, and likely did not have metal locks at all prior to the Romans.
Jun
6
comment How did the Romans build straight roads that stretched very long distance?
@Luke - Baloney. I've had accepted answers in this format before. It is a broad field to cover, and a waste of time to plagiarize an excellent and succinct source in its entirety. Is this a new guideline? Where is it documented?
Jun
6
answered How did the Romans build straight roads that stretched very long distance?
Jun
6
answered The first use of submarines, and the appearance of “modern” submarines
Jun
6
comment Comparison of naval fleet strengths during the Napoleonic wars
@Drux - The Americans, in the War of Independence and the War of 1812, used submarines, and the French commissioned Robert Fulton to develop one during the Napoleonic Wars (the prototype was christened Nautilus, sound familiar?) The British didn't need 'em, and blew a few of the American ones up. They did, however, invent the modern torpedo during this time period, aka "The Automobile Torpedo" (before then, torpedos were what we call mines today.)
Jun
5
comment Ancient statue I found near my place
@Eugene Seidel - Well, it is, essentially, a rock - and underground, it would be protected from weathering and vandalism. After the Romans came the Byzantines, who moved away from pre-christian imagery, and after them, Islamic cultures, who had a very different representational style, and Crusaders, who didn't have the skill or interest in pre-christian antiquity required to replicate roman decor.