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Apr
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comment power laws emerging from the sandpile model
Thanks, @YoavKallus, this is very interesting.
Apr
21
comment Who was the highest ranking spy ever?
PS T. was never a cardinal. He had been a bishop before the Revolution but gave up his clerical rank.
Apr
21
answered Who was the highest ranking spy ever?
Apr
21
comment Who was the highest ranking spy ever?
@Oldcat Well, to be sure, there was an old European practice of the government of country X paying "pensions" to statesmen of country Y. Receipt of such a pension was not considered treasonable as long as there was no open war declared between X and Y. However, the pensions were not bandied about too much. Today this would be called "lobbying fees" probably. The old times were just a bit franker. Now, one must note that the standards of diplomatic propriety had been rising so I don't know if Talleyrand's carrying on was egregious by his time's standard or not.
Apr
20
comment Presidents of the French Tribunate from 1799 to 1807
Perhaps the presidency was annually rotating? Then it might be the case that you have a chronological list on your hands actually.
Apr
19
comment Why did the French nobility adopt Calvinism?
Sounds reasonable but then you'd still have to explain why some aristocracies opted for Lutheranism and not Calvinism...
Apr
17
comment Did native Mexicans prefer Spanish rulers to the Aztecs?
Yes, that׳s what I meant. @NikolayNenov
Apr
17
revised How did Americans' hatred of taxes shape the country up through the Gilded Age?
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Apr
16
comment Did native Mexicans prefer Spanish rulers to the Aztecs?
@Alex Chances of finding such a statement in Las Casas: 0%. But you probably know that as well as I do.
Apr
16
comment Did native Mexicans prefer Spanish rulers to the Aztecs?
Point taken - the upvote had been mine, anyway.
Apr
16
answered Did native Mexicans prefer Spanish rulers to the Aztecs?
Apr
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comment Did native Mexicans prefer Spanish rulers to the Aztecs?
Nevertheless, the Spanish were nobody's inferior in the business of indiscriminate slaughter.
Apr
16
comment What happened to sacrificed animals in ancient Greece?
In the Bible there are detailed rules about which portions of the sacrifice are to be taken by the officiating priest and which are to be handed over to the offerer. Presumably the offerer would frequently be sharing his portion with others in order to celebrate the success of the sacrifice.
Apr
16
comment Why did the French nobility adopt Calvinism?
This is an interesting conjecture but you seem to conflate the interests of "France" with those of the nobility. However, insofar as any purpose or interest can be ascribed to "France" in the period, they would be those of the monarch or his principal backers - and their interests might be as often as not diametrally opposed to those of the nobility who tried to retain their virtual autonomy from the crown.
Apr
15
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Apr
15
revised Is there a principled way to distinguish between these signals?
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Apr
15
asked Is there a principled way to distinguish between these signals?
Apr
14
comment Did Hongwu Emperor flay 5000 women, and why?
Is the evidence for Yongle torturing to death 2800 ladies better than for Hongwu and his 5000?
Apr
14
revised Who were the Wright brothers' competitors?
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