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Jul
28
comment What are the heaviest swords in the world?
The question as it is now is relevant, answerable, and non-trivial to answer authoritatively.
Jul
26
comment Why didn't Stalin use force to bring Tito into line?
A very good answer, and also, Tito was a brilliant general well used to guerrilla warfare against an imperial power, and an excellent statesman with a knack of bridging seemingly insurmountable national and ethnic divides to unite against a common enemy. Pretty much the last thing Stalin wanted to deal with as an enemy.
Jul
24
comment The Purpose of Mystery Object 40.9.11
Excellent answer. Also, you'll note there is a hole for the exposer mechanism in the upper corner of the case, near where the tensioner spool is inside. The film was likely already light-damaged past the point of recovery with its removal, even before our stalwart historians opened the box.
Jul
24
comment How long did belief in the Egyptian sun god Ra last?
@Questioner - The cult of Ra began to formalize its mythology and worship practices around the time of the Second Dynasty, so that's a good ballpark. It was integrated into a larger religious system during the Middle Kingdom, so Ra worship would be present in a temple to Isis and her cult at the end.
Jul
24
comment How long did belief in the Egyptian sun god Ra last?
@jamesqf History is, by definition, the record written by contemporaries, or archaeological evidence in support of a hypothesis. Anything else is woolgathering.
Jul
23
comment Why didn't the ancient Egyptians conquer an empire?
A question with an incorrect premise is still a valid question, and its answer may help the one posing the question in grappling with the subject matter. Plus, there's an excellent answer below. Vote to re-open.
Jul
10
comment Where did the design of the US Colonel insignia come from?
@NathanCooper - Our standing army now is immense compared to the first half of the 19thC. A colonel is cheaper to pay than a general... especially if you don't have a two-million strong professional army to wrangle... plus they got to go fight people in the field where politicians couldn't gripe at them...
Jun
24
comment Was the secession of the Confederate states illegal?
This is clearly the correct answer, well researched and convincingly argued.
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
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
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
11
comment Who first in human history has promoted equality rights of all people?
@user438 - History is generally written by those who were able to speak with witnesses or read other written accounts of the event. Once you write down oral history passed on from a time long distant, you have literature, and not history. Important in its own right, but not relevant here.
Nov
21
comment Strange Symbol Painted on Basement Floor
It's similar to a number of alchemical symbols - which one it's meant to be will indicate who left it, as different secret societies and spiritualist movements laid claim to different alchemical elements as part of their rite. A photo of the symbol would clarify things.
Nov
14
comment Were cavalry used in first World War?
@MarkC.Wallace - the Battle of High Wood Hill was part of the Battle of the Somme. More particularly, the Battle of Bazentin Ridge, where dragoons (mounted rifles) and honest-to-gosh lancers defeated and held temporarily German machine-gun and artillery positions after being softened up by artillery and infantry. It is a very interesting answer and needs more citation.
Nov
14
comment Who should be the king/queen of England?
This is the correct answer - the rituals and rules of succession are largely window dressing in the service of political maneuver, up to and including military conquest. The rightful monarch is whoever has the political backing to have their legitimacy accepted.
Oct
17
comment What are some major military successes achieved by the former Soviet Union against the Western World?
@JoeHobbit - The Americans consider the Berlin Airlift a victory for their side, tho: American logistics vs. Soviet ground forces. In retrospect, both sides probably thought they "made a point" - the Cold War was weird like that.