Talk:World History Lecture Six

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The New Zealand population survived by growing bananas, coconuts, yams and taro

Where did you get this information from? The New Zealand climate does not support the growth of bananas and coconuts. the staple of Maori agriculture was the kumara (sweet potato). I don't think they had pigs either. Aloysius 08:14, 30 April 2007 (EDT)

End of the Byzantine Empire?

"The end of the Byzantine empire occurred when Mongols invaded in the 13th century, followed by the rise of the Ottoman (Muslim) Turks to power in the 14th century, who replaced the Byzantium empire with their own."

I suspect the fact that the Byzantine Empire came to an end in the 13th century would come as a suprise to those rulers and subjects of the Empire who were still there when Constantinople fell in 1453.BetsyNewson 09:50, 27 August 2008 (EDT)

I added it as a footnote. It doesn't affect the statements in the text.--Andy Schlafly 23:35, 4 March 2009 (EST)

Factual Errors

-University of Bologna was not the first University. University of Constantinople was founded in 425 and recognized as one in 848. Islam founded numerous Universities before the University of Bologna.

-The 'tunic with a large red cross on it' was specifically the clothing of the Knights Templar, not all crusaders.

-The siege of Orleans was in 1429.

--CWaddell 00:19, 25 February 2009 (EST)

Bologna was the first to use the term "university", and remains the oldest continuously operating degree-granting institution of higher education.
I doubt a reader would think that everyone wore that uniform. But I'll modify the phrase to avoid any misunderstanding.
OK, we'll go with 1429. Thanks.--Andy Schlafly 22:41, 4 March 2009 (EST)

Takshashila in what is now Pakistan was established several centuries before the birth of Christ. Significant figures in Indian history graduated from this university. -- Randall Jackson 22:30, 26 August 2011 (EDT)

Feudalism had been successful in defending against Viking invasions

Really? I would argue that feudalism was useless at defending against Viking activity (Viking is a verb, by the way, not a noun.) The Norse took over most of England, parts of France and most of European Russia, and extirpated Christianity from most of the land they conquered. Feudalism only developed into a successful system 150-200 years after the power of the Norse faded away. --VTraynor 22:19, 8 October 2011 (EDT)

Feudalism was developing as the Vikings were fading power. Feudalism was a very effective system of defense, with friendly competition developing some superb warriors.--Andy Schlafly 22:28, 8 October 2011 (EDT)
No, feudalism was a dreadful system of defence because there was no centralised control of military power and the Norse could bribe lords to ensure that they wouldn't defend their neighbours. Feudalism proved to be very successful on the OFFENSIVE, as in Henry V's campaign in France, but as a defensive system it was appalling. The Norse overran scores of feudal lords, and were only checked by Alfred the Great, who unified the English forces. --VTraynor 22:32, 8 October 2011 (EDT)
Thanks for your insights. You may be right. I took out the sentence that you criticized. Please feel free to edit the lecture if you see other problems, or ways to improve it.--Andy Schlafly 22:39, 8 October 2011 (EDT)