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Posted Today at 09:23 AM by Piccolo
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Bakhshali Manuscript

Was discovered in 1881 and showed that Indians had concept of negative numbers since the third century AD at least. Or older; because this was a copy.......

It's difficult to understand if this was a direct influence; but it's worth noting that classical Greece may not have had a concept of negative numbers.

THe manuscript also suggests that the Indians had a concept...
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Sources of Ancient Indian History

Posted May 18th, 2015 at 09:24 PM by tornada
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I wrote this mostly as an explanation for a first year student who had asked me what are the different sources on Ancient History (We have an exam question on that) so that he could study this. There's very little "research" in this, its mostly a compilation of sources, and its not exhaustive. Merely an introduction to what sort of sources we use in Ancient India. Hopefully, some will find this a useful introduction to the study of Indian History

Here goes

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Ancient Pakistan - Books

Posted May 18th, 2015 at 11:23 AM by PaKeeza

I begin this by acknowledging the work of Pakistan's celebrated archaeologist the late Prof. Ahmad Hasan Dani. For five decades he has worked on the Indus Basin, Pakistan one of the world's greatest archeological treasures in the same category as Egypt. It would be appropriate to say what "Nile is to Egypt Indus is to Pakistan".

Prof. Ahmad Hasan Dani has always argued that to understand Harappa or Mohenjo Daro one has to look at the Central Asian connection. In doing...
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WWII lend-lease: was the US aid that helpful?

Posted May 15th, 2015 at 04:18 AM by General Winter
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How important was the US Lend-Lease?

During the war, Soviet factories produced more than 29.1 million small arms of all major types, while only 152,000 small arms (0.5% of the total) were manufactured by American, British, and Canadian plants. Looking at all types of artillery systems of all calibers we see a similar picture 647,600 Soviet weapons and mortars vs. 9,400 of foreign origin, representing less than 1.5% of the total.

The numbers are less grim for other types...
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The Lost Sword of Scotland

Posted May 13th, 2015 at 05:50 AM by AlpinLuke

I was thinking to a curious discovery I made in Scotland [near Tyndrum, among the Western Highlands]. I had occasion to visit a little lake [there they call a lake "loch"] with this particular stone with an engraved sword on it.
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This sword would be in the lake [which is just the Loch of the Lost Sword]. There is a local tradition saying that...
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