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comment Did Hitler really keep the blueprints of the current Nebraska state Capitol building in the drawer of his desk?
He's not asking to prove a negative. He's looking for corroborating evidence to a claim made in what was supposed to be a factual article. The second paragraph was more helpful and on-track as to why such corroborating evidence cannot be found.
Aug
19
comment What was the first known war in history?
@KevinKeane The modern concept of a nation-state dates back to the Treaty of Westphalia (a bit older than 200 years ago, mid 17th) true, but the very definition of a state is a unified self-governing political entity, and one of those that can engage in armed conflict with another of its type is a concept vastly older than the 30 Years War.
Aug
17
comment What was the first known war in history?
The first mention of the Mahabharat only dates to 400bce. No contemporaneous documents of the war remain, and no archaeological evidence the war occurred. Furthermore, what academic consensus there is on its historicity place it much later, in the iron age: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahabharata#Historical_context
Aug
17
comment What are the oldest primary sources of recorded history in china?
This is a wildly ahistorical answer that ignores common consensus among literary scholars, historians and the archaeological record. Real crackpot stuff, and the answer's author seems to be willing to redefine well established terms of art such as "writing" and "history" whenever convenient.
Aug
13
comment What does the inscription on this sword mean?
@PieterGeerkens Dominus X is more likely the expansion of "DX" - Lord Christ.
Aug
11
comment What is the earliest written date?
I find the "earliest date recorded" question the most compelling - but what would qualify? The Egyptians and Sumerians had some sophisticated astrological tools at the beginning of their literacy, but they don't always match cleanly with the Julian method of dating while doing a good job of keeping close track of time's passage on their own terms. Also, if just Julian, would you require a contemporaneous artifact, or is a copy of the document made at a later time (Such as the works Livy, where the original is lost) sufficient?
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.