“I first got into Yahoo Answers by accident. A friend used it & she said it was really good – one day curiosity got the better of me, and I’m still here.”
- Spellbound: 30,127 points, Level 7, 65% Best Answer
Every so often we like to profile some of the amazing answerers we see on the site like Tunisian Belle and Calimecita. Today we are happy to put the spotlight on Spellbound: our resident history expert. Russia is his real passion but he is able to answer questions on many subjects. But don’t just take our word for it–here are some of his Best Answers:
- Did Joseph Stalin command the army during the Second World War?
- Why did the Art capitol move from Paris post-War?
- What was the significance of the Soviet satellite nations?
Spellbound in his own words…
“I’ve always enjoyed history, probably that comes from being taken round castles in North Wales as a child, but I also think that the past is alive, because the consequences of actions taken hundreds of years ago can have a direct impact on our lives – Magna Carta being an obvious example.
I am, by education, a Russologist, specialising in the late Soviet period. I find the USSR fascinating. It was such a mysterious place, as Churchill said of it “Russia is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma”.
Other than the Soviet period, I love the medieval English period. It was such a theatrical period, with larger than life characters, such as Simon De Montefort and Owen Glydwr.
The most misunderstood period of history is probably the Roman period. In school Roman history is taught as though it were a homogenous, unchanging entity, whereas it was a fluid, dynamic ever changing creation, so much so, that the late Roman period bears little relation to the Rome of Julius Caeser and Augustus.
My favourite question is probably “Why did Germany surrender in 1918?”
The reason I like this question is that it is a clear question, the questioner sounds as though they are interested in the topic – it’s not just for homework help, and although the question may be a simple one, to answer the question well requires a detailed, well thought out answer.
Favorite answer? I have so many, but I think Brother Ranulf always provides food for thought, I thought the questions were really interesting and his answers are really well researched and thought out.”
Some Best Answers by Brother Ranulf, chosen by Spellbound:
- What happened to unchivalrous knights?
- How were monk’s animals and possessions protected in a Viking raid?
- After the Norman Conquest in 1066, what buildings were destroyed and what was built?
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