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Jan
25
comment Have the current polar ice caps receded further than those that existed before the beginning of the last Ice Age?
No, Earth's history is not history, nor is it archaeology. It is paleontology, and this already loosey-goosey site doesn't need any more expansions of scope.
Jan
25
comment Have the current polar ice caps receded further than those that existed before the beginning of the last Ice Age?
This is a geology question, not history. History is not simply "things that occurred in the past"; it is a discipline, and one whose methodologies cannot answer this question.
Jan
24
comment “No sane man will dance.”? When / where / about-what did Cicero say this?
Just curious, why the downvote?
Jan
3
comment Can the University of Bologna be considered the first university in the world?
What does funding source have to do with defining an institution as a university? Bologna was funded by tuition, Paris by the Church, and for that matter, Harvard by John Harvard.
Jan
3
comment Is there any country where the founder of the nation is no longer respected?
The "father" of Russia is generally given as Peter, the "founder" as Rurik or Ivan. I don't think Yeltsin qualifies.
Jan
2
comment What literary or philosophical works did the ancient Egyptians have that have influenced ancient civilizations or the modern word?
A simple Google search on "Ancient Egyptian literature" turns up answers to your questions.
Dec
21
comment Scientists who became major political leaders
You may find economist.com/node/13496638 of interest.
Dec
13
comment Was the Bosnian Crisis the trigger to WWI and not the assassination?
To call something a trigger is not the same as to call something a cause. To say "trigger" implies a specific incident that sets in motion a chain reaction. Hostile sentiment or a belligerent nature by themselves do not produce conflict; something has to provide an "excuse" to fight. The assassination was the trigger, nationalism a contributing cause.
Dec
13
comment Could senators visit Roman Egypt?
@FelixGoldberg Fair enough; the commentary that senators faced restrictions on all "frontier" provinces comes only from footnotes in secondary sources, so I removed that discussion.
Dec
8
comment Why did the kingdoms of Scotland and England merge?
Thanks for the question, but the answers are readily found in places such as en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acts_of_Union_1707 . I encourage you to reformulate your question so that it is acceptable under the FAQ (i.e. not general reference).
Dec
7
comment What made Washington DC “dominate” politics in the USA?
@mdnth Well then, you're barking up the wrong tree. The country at large pays very little attention to D.C. itself (very different from London or Seoul, for instance), and the mayor and city council of DC have very little power or influence— they are always at the mercy of Congress, in which they do not have a seat, and because the District is so overwhelmingly Democratic, it is ignored by both parties for presidential elections.
Nov
29
comment What was the basis for the Nazis to support various ethnic minorities in the Soviet Union and elsewhere over the majority populations?
"Divide and conquer" is one of the oldest strategies in the book. What's to know?
Nov
14
comment After the American Civil War, which states had the most problems with rejoining the Union?
How does one measure resistance? Does a fierce Confederate militia being active in non-seceding Indiana outweigh the anti-secessionist sentiment in western Virginia? Do virulent anti-conscription riots in the north count as anti-Union actions?
Nov
13
comment What factors contributed to the U.S economy flourishing during the early cold war period?
Can you provide a citation from a historical source? This is a "politically correct" answer but one without basis. College was more "affordable," but a much lower percentage of the population actually attended. Other costs, such as food, were much higher. "Social responsibility" for corporations is a very recent development. The behavior of corporations with regard to the environment or labor, for example, was far harsher in the 1950s compared to today.
Nov
4
comment Are parts of the Sphinx older then 5000 years?
This question is better suited to skeptics.stackexchange.com .
Oct
31
comment Were scientists in Ancient Egypt Egyptian, or were they from other regions?
@mdnth The point is that "ancient Egypt" covers thousands of years, and there would have been learned Greeks, Romans, and others at various times. Besides, the concept of "science" is a modern one should be applied carefully to other historical periods. So, at the very least, what do you mean by scientist, and what do you mean by Ancient Egypt?
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/… .