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Mar
23
comment Are there ways to measure “how much power did ”Russia“ lose when the Soviet Union broke up?”
Power can't be compared across time without hefty assumption and extrapolation; the world is constantly changing, and the Soviet Union would have been changing as well. Russia may be "weaker" in some relative terms (e.g. share of global GDP, men under arms), but so are the United States and Europe, with the rise of China and the other emerging economies, even though they are stronger in some other terms. And once you invent a mechanism for the USSR to remain intact, you venture into alternative history.
Mar
23
answered Have Moscow and Beijing ever been cities under the same rule?
Mar
18
awarded  Custodian
Mar
16
comment Who were the Catholic popes before Francis I who used names not of Latin, Greek or Jewish origin?
@mh01 She'll make the Castel run in less than 12 piedi. And yes, I know the pied is a unit of distance.
Mar
15
answered Who were the Catholic popes before Francis I who used names not of Latin, Greek or Jewish origin?
Mar
14
answered Why did so many Italians emigrate to Argentina?
Mar
11
answered Why did Chinese use high tin bronze for swords?
Mar
11
comment Why did Chinese use high tin bronze for swords?
Copper and tin ores are not generally found together in nature, and a doubling of the proportion of a primary component of an alloy can hardly be attributed to contamination.
Mar
10
answered Why did Catholic chruch wait for 350 years to accept “Galileo's idea”?
Mar
9
revised Contemporary opinions on Caliph Omar's burning of the library of Alexandria?
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Mar
8
answered Contemporary opinions on Caliph Omar's burning of the library of Alexandria?
Mar
5
revised Are there other ancient human rights (surely in its ancient consept) documents like the Cyrus Cylinder (c. 500BC)?
revised proposed edit to be closer to original wording, adjusted tag
Mar
1
awarded  Enlightened
Mar
1
awarded  Nice Answer
Feb
27
answered Transatlantic Zeppelin Flight Time
Feb
26
reviewed Approve Why and how did some Germans choose to join the Stasi (Staatssicherheit)?
Feb
26
answered Why have officers in the U.S. army tended to “top out” at the level of Major?
Feb
25
comment Why did Ford pardon Nixon?
@mgb Except when it is.
Feb
25
reviewed Approve Why did Ford pardon Nixon?
Feb
25
comment Muslim population in Islamic Iberia
@t-e-d Though the Almoravids and their successors were less tolerant of religious minorities than the Umayyads, there is no record of anything comparable to the Spanish Inquisition to convert or stamp out non-believers. I don't, therefore, think we can assume that the non-Muslim population would have been reduced to a marginal population. They might have been <1%— but they might have been 10% or more.