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Oct
31
answered How common are major cities not built by abundant water?
Oct
26
comment Where the did the concept of “smear campaigns” originate?
@Hauser If you read Cicero, it's quite clear that deliberate campaigns to spread false rumors were well-practiced in ancient Rome.
Oct
23
comment Megafauna extinctions
This isn't remotely under the banner of history. Not even close.
Oct
17
comment Why China was able to unify and not Europe
The same question could be asked about India or Africa, but remember also that the modern boundaries of China are mostly derived from the extent of the late Qing Dynasty. Historically, Xinjian and Tibet were not integral to "China," nor much of Mongolia. The area controlled by the Ming in the early 15th century is about the same area controlled by the Roman Empire in the early 2nd century. Roman power waxed and waned from around the 3rd century BC to the 15th century AD.
Oct
17
comment How did Columbus calculate the size of the Earth?
Also, Columbus' errors are summarized in a Royal Astronomical Society paper available at articles.adsabs.harvard.edu/cgi-bin/… .
Oct
16
answered Were the (early 17th C) arrivers/colonists to North America (USA) outcasts from European societies?
Oct
5
answered What is the single longest Presidential Campaign run in the United States?
Oct
2
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Oct
2
revised Which arm was the shield held in?
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Oct
2
awarded  Nice Answer
Oct
2
answered Why did anti-Chinese riots occur during the Indonesian Reformation of 1998?
Sep
27
answered What is the English name for the “Исламский джихад - Джамаат моджахедов” organization?
Sep
17
revised “No sane man will dance.”? When / where / about-what did Cicero say this?
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Sep
17
answered “No sane man will dance.”? When / where / about-what did Cicero say this?
Sep
16
answered Who first coined the name “Wahhabi”?
Sep
14
comment What was the average US unemployment rate for Democrat and Republican presidents?
+1. The president, compared to Congress or the Federal Reserve, has little control over the economy. Moreover, unemployment is a trailing indicator of economic health, and in a vast economy such as the U.S., it takes months for any government action to show effects. The question in 2012 is whether we are in 1984 or 1992. In 1984, unemployment was actually higher than when Reagan took office, but he got the credit for improving conditions. In 1992, the economy was growing again, but not fast enough to reelect George HW Bush; his successor got the credit for the recovery.
Sep
12
revised What do “roses” represent in the history of Protestant vs Catholic conflict?
clarify meaning
Sep
12
answered What do “roses” represent in the history of Protestant vs Catholic conflict?
Sep
11
revised Is there any evidence that the catholic church reduced innovation during the middle ages?
added tag for Catholic Church
Sep
11
comment What factors permitted Buddhism to be successful in Japan but Christianity less so?
Actually, various branches of Christians have practiced varying degrees of syncretism with other religions. Matteo Ricci, a Jesuit priest, wrote extensively to reconcile Catholicism with Confucianism; the veneration of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Latin America is often cited as an example of traditional earth-goddess worship being restated in Christian terms; and indeed, European Christianity itself is an adaptation of early, Semitic Christianity which began as a Jewish sect.