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Feb
6
comment Monarchies with built-in rotation
I updated my answer with a reference to historic and current Elective monarchies (The term I was looking for). And I still kept the Vatican in there, because it is an elective monarchy, just like Malaysia.
Feb
6
comment Monarchies with built-in rotation
The examples you are looking for beyond Malaysia and UAE are indeed pretty impossible to find. The Shogun system was one of rotation, but there was always the Emperor above it. I thinks like you said it will be almost impossible to find any family that would voluntarily rotate the crown, unless there was some force above them. However, I have found one in fiction: The Game Of Thrones, with the rotating power between the Seven Kingdoms ;-)
Feb
6
comment Monarchies with built-in rotation
This part: "senior governmental role rotated between hereditary rulers of territories, families, or similar". The word Similar could suggest that since becoming a Bishop or Cardinal is not just a profession, but is more like being part of an exclusive (and small) group of people, that it is like becoming "family" of each other. It's a stretch...
Feb
6
comment Monarchies with built-in rotation
The term "rotate" can be interpreted as having a limited term, like currently in Malaysia or United Arab Emirates Which is discussed in this Skeptics question as well. But, it can also be interpreted as having a monarchy/dictatorship that rotates the "crown" between a select family/group. I consider the papacy to be that kind of exclusive rotation.
Feb
5
comment Monarchies with built-in rotation
I even thought of adding Russia in the example as well, since the whole Putin-Medvedev rule has been going on since the year 2000. In which "free" elections, free press and democracy are under a lot of pressure.
Feb
5
comment First time the sail ship technology took off
I agree with @astabada that the term take-off can be multi-interpretable. What is taking off? When the Portuguese and Spanish started exploring the worlds and globalization started? Or does it mean that a prehistoric society was able to stretch it's range further than was humanly possible at that moment? obviously I would choose the latter, because it is a lot easier to define.
Feb
5
comment Why did the Dutch, French & British acquire minor colonies in South America?
Do you have any sources about the fact that the Dutch (and the others) were just acting like pirates? The Dutch once had a large section of South America called "New Holland". You think they put in all those resources and effort just to hurt the Portuguese and Spanish?
Feb
5
comment Why did the Dutch, French & British acquire minor colonies in South America?
Of course South America was valuable, but it was already taken by time they got there. You are right, that it got to costly to try to control every piece of land. At one point they had to draw lines in the sand.
Jan
31
comment What was wrong with Hitler's left hand?
He believed he had Parkinson's, however he found no evidence of it.
Jan
31
comment What was wrong with Hitler's left hand?
I am sure they wanted to make him look more crazy by giving him a nervous tic or manner. Just, because people like to see great/famous people to have something odd and flaws. Why do you think people love to buy and read celebrity gossip ;-)
Jan
31
comment Why did people in some countries start to drive on the right?
Everything from the Napoleon era has been documented so carefully, that something like switching sides of roads because of whatever reason would have surely been written down, just like all the other laws and systems he imposed. Apparently Austria(Hungaria) continued to have two different side of the road driving. Precisely on the line up to where they were conquered by Napoleon.
May
25
comment Based on historical experience what would happen if/when the USA/EU fell?
I actually think this question is better formulated than the duplicate question This question has more focus onto the similarities, whereas the other question is huge and too broad to get a single correct answer.
May
24
comment What is the oldest road in the world that has been in continuous use?
I think the Via Appia is one of the oldest roads and still in use as well
May
24
comment Based on historical experience what would happen if/when the USA/EU fell?
If you know this answer, would you or anyone be able to prevent it? I think it is such a thing that can only be seen in a historic perspective. And also something that would not have one common set of events. Even though "history repeats itself" it is not something you can prevent form happening, right?
May
24
comment Can someone help explain this floor plan of a mid 20th century apartment?
Going out there on wild guess, but could they not be simple shutter-like closet doors? Or maybe even sliding doors? A closet in the middle. And in Amsterdam there are a lot of old apartments that have a bedroom straight behind the front door. The design looks a bit like a cheap hotel/motel bedroom suite ;-)
May
24
comment When did propaganda or the influence of Media first start to have effect?
The definition of propaganda is: "a form of communication that is aimed at influencing the attitude of a community toward some cause or position". I guess even the witch doctor had some secondary motive. Probably power, standing or really believing that he had to make the people of his town act in a certain way to appease the voices in his head (aka gods & spirits). In fact religion has been a tool of propaganda throughout the ages of course. Used by many rulers to justify their position and actions. And, Monthy Python always +1!