DBWeinstein
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What kind of evidence (if any) could be used to identify a large conquest in the time before writing?
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Linguists can offer some insight. In The Horse, The Wheel and Language, the spread of Proto Indo European languages, along with accompanying technology, helps explain what might have been a series of ...

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When and where arose the first civilization?
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The term "high culture" is a bit subjective. I believe, however, the earliest site as it predates the Neolithic Revolution, is Göbekly Tepe in Turkey: Göbekli Tepe (Wikipedia). EDIT The question ...

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Did the citizens of US really back the declaration of war on Japanese Empire as it was implied by F.D. Roosevelt in his Pearl Harbor Speech?
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It was, of course, impossible for him to know what was in peoples’ heads. He was making an assumption and providing leadership. He knew good and well that Japan’s international aggression - as well ...

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Were slave plantations economically superior or inferior to plantations with paid labor?
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In this course taught by David Blight, he explains that slavery was extremely profitable. EDIT Per comments, Blight explains that slavery was profitable enough to warrant, among other things: 1) a ...

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Have American gangsters ever helped their government in war time out of patriotism?
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yes. WWII. Italian mob helped with Italian campaign. Wikipedai entry

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What were the origins of democracy?
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In his lectures on iTunesU (link), Steven B. Smith reports that Aristotle wrote about many different systems of government that predated the Athenians.

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Did anything come from Sparta, besides fitness and war?
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I think they left some ideas that still resinate in western culture. The word "spartan" means "marked by strict self-discipline or self-denial" or "marked by simplicity, frugality, or avoidance of ...

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What were the circumstances surrounding Forrest's injury at Shiloh?
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This site (the American Battlefield Trust) has a quote from Sherman talking about the incident. https://www.battlefields.org/learn/maps/battle-fallen-timbers-april-8-1862

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Why was Northern Ireland mostly peaceful from the late 1920s to the mid 1960s?
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I'm gonna guess the Depression of the 1930's, WWII and the aftermath that lasted well into the 1950's. From there, actual growth in Wester Europe and the US probably kept folks decently employed. ...

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At what point in time did Judaism become popular? [Pre Christianity]
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Judaism never become popular like the large world religions (Christianity, Budism, Islam...etc) as it does not have a universal message. Judaism was, until very recently, a religion by birth that did ...

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