Paul Rowe
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When was Jerusalem destroyed by the Babylonians?
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Wikipedia - Siege of Jerusalem All of the contemporary records, whether Hebrew or otherwise, rely on regnal dating systems. There are two points of confusion, particularly when dating the reigns of ...

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Was Jesus thought to be Jewish before the Renaissance?
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There may be a couple of issues involved here. While the intellectual association of Jesus with the Jews and the Jewish religion has never been lost, there has long been a dissociation between ...

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What were shoe soles made from in previous ages?
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In Europe, different demands were placed on shoes based on different climates. People around the Mediterranean tended to wear sandals with wooden soles and leather thongs due to the warmer climate. ...

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Why did Virginia let Kentucky become a separate state?
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For a corollary explanation to Oldcat's answer, try reading The Division of Territory in Society by Ed Stephan. It's a very interesting read, even if you aren't a sociology student. He goes into quite ...

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What were the traveling practices of merchants, roughly between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance?
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I would recommend a read through Janet Abu-Lughod's book, Before European Hegemony. This covers trade routes and practices in different areas of the world during the late 14th through early 16th ...

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How did the upper class stay wealthy in the past?
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The upper classes who stayed wealthy did so because of their economic practices. The global economy today is a recent invention; economies tended to have less interaction on a broader scale in the ...

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Why did Winston Churchill say "perverted science" in his Finest Hour speech?
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Semaphore pointed out historical examples. I believe the context (thank you for providing the link) also helps. The following are all quotes from that same speech. The disastrous military events ...

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Why were the populous coastal areas of China not linguistically united?
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I'm not an expert in either Chinese language or culture, but I know that there is discussion about whether Chinese has so many dialects or if those are different languages that share a common writing ...

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Tamerlane and Operation Barbarossa
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The Wikipedia article on M. Gerasimov requests a citation. The source cited in the Tamerlane article is a news article from 2006 that mentions the prophecy as hearsay. Unless something else comes out, ...

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Land Ownership in Palestine - Big Landlords or Small Peasants?
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Land ownership has historically been hereditary and Richard Horsely writes in his book, Covenant Economics, that it was an "inalienable right" for a person to live on and work his father's land. He ...

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Why is the Ku Klux Clan an Christian terrorism organisation?
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The Ku Klux Klan is a Christian terrorist group because they engaged in acts of terror. They burned down churches and executed people they considered harmful to their vision of Christian and American ...

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Where and when was the shortest calendar day in history, due to DST and calendar changes, etc?
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I posit that, wherever the change occurred between the Julian calendar (O.S.) and the Gregorian calendar (N.S.), that constituted the shortest day -- indeed, a group of them -- since the span of days ...

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What races are being depicted in this American WWII cartoon?
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I will give this a shot and credit those who made comments on the OP. Starting with the dark-skinned boy in a yellow shirt, that one is obvious. This is an African, perhaps from Algeria (due to the ...

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An online old style Julian calendar for England?
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Dick Henry provides a Julian calendar year-at-a-glance view going back to 46 B.C. on his website, but it abides by the timing specified by the papal bull "Inter gravissimas", so it doesn't show you O....

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Why Canada failed to emerge as a Great Power like UK or France?
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A question of this sort is going to generate a lot of opinion, so there may not be a definitive answer or you'll have a lot to sift through. I expect Canada didn't "emerge as a power" because Canada ...

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What was the purpose of tunnel fighting in a 17th century siege?
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The moment you believe that an avenue of approach is not useful and not worth defending is the moment when a good strategist will use that particular approach to your disadvantage. Tunneling is labor-...

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When did formal social dance fall out of favor in the US?
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Kate's answer is very similar to my own, but I have a different take on it. Yes, the breakdown of social dancing happened during the cultural revolution in the late 1960's when everything that had ...

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