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Why did Sun Tzu believe you shouldn't wait besides a river when eager to fight?

In Sun Tzu's Art of War, Chapter 9 (The Army on the March), Verse 5, Tzu says If you are anxious to fight, you should not go to meet the invader near a river which he has to cross. My thinking ...

ancient-history war china warfare  
asked by Albert Johnson 15 votes
answered by CGCampbell 33 votes

Were any fortified castles self-sufficient in food?

I read here and there about sieges of fortified castles which lasted extended lengths of time (two years for instance). Was there any castle in Medieval Europe that was self-sustaining? By ...

military middle-ages europe siege castles  
asked by WoJ 8 votes
answered by Semaphore 14 votes

What words were obliterated from the Great Colonnade at Palmyra?

One of the columns at the Great Colonnade at Palmyra features a dedicatory inscription to Zenobia and Odaenathus. It is bilingual, recording the same text in Greek and Palmyrenean: It appears that ...

ancient-history architecture greek syria  
asked by Psychonaut 8 votes

Did Hitler really keep the blueprints of the current Nebraska state Capitol building in the drawer of his desk?

I recently stumbled upon an article in the now-defunct lit mag Black Table in which the author establishes the un-cited claim that Hitler had designs on making Lincoln, Nebraska the new headquarters ...

ww2 hitler  
asked by Kanapolis 8 votes
answered by Tyler Durden 4 votes

Were Korean and Tibetan rulers ever styled as 'sons of heaven'?

Chinese dynasts adopted the term "Son of Heaven" or "Son of [the god] Tian" (天子) during the early Zhou period around the turn of the 1st millennium BCE, and continued using it until the overthrow of ...

political-history china korea tibet titles  
asked by Meir Illumination 7 votes
answered by Semaphore 5 votes

How was the Roman Princeps Senatus appointed?

In Republican Rome, the princeps senatus (~head of the senate) is supposed to be nominated by the censors, who are elected every 5 years for 1 and a half year. What happens if the censors disagree on ...

ancient-history political-history ancient-rome government roman-republic  
asked by Laveran 3 votes
answered by Semaphore 2 votes

Place and/ or plane identification

I am trying to identify both the place and the type of plane in this photograph. My father is inthe centre middle row (William Bone), who as far as I know stayed around Leeds during the war - I ...

aircraft  
asked by Trish 3 votes
answered by gdir 4 votes

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

Why were Indians not mass converted to Islam/Christianity?

India was ruled by Muslims from around 12 century to 1857 and then by British till 1947 but India still have a large number of Hindus. Countries like Indonesia, Afghanistan, Malaysia now have Islam as ...

india religion christianity islam hinduism  
asked by St. SJ 44 votes
answered by Arani 34 votes

Why was the Treaty of Versailles so harsh?

When Germany signed the armistice in the first world war, they were still (technically) in a decent bargaining position. Germany still had troops in France and Belgium There were no enemy forces in ...

ww1 treaties  
asked by Nix 17 votes
answered by sakahane 16 votes

Can you answer these?

Did any Antarctic expeditions use coal?

During the "Heroic Age" of Antarctic exploration (roughly 1890 to 1920), did any expeditions use coal as a fuel or heat source? I'm not just asking what they carried while walking in the interior, ...

antarctica  
asked by Joe 2 votes

Why did Uesugi Kenshin never marry? Was it common practice for Japanese Buddhists of the time?

It seems that the famed Sengoku-era lord Uesugi Kenshin never married anybody in his life because he was a devout Buddhist. This seems highly unusual, considering Japanese Buddhists at that time seem ...

japan marriage buddhism sengoku  
asked by Xiang Ji 2 votes

What is an example of nostalgia for the past in a design context in the interwar period?

While studying the history of design, I have found a document (FR) that states that during the interwar period, people were both attracted by technology and nostalgic of the past, but I can't find any ...

art  
asked by Trevör Anne Denise 1 vote
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