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There's a safety reason namely should the round explode in the barrel the bolt will flip up but should remain in place forcing the blast forward and protecting the shooter. Since as WW2 showed almost no infantry ever even fired their weapon a bolt action rifle was more than sufficient. As an added bonus with a bolt action you can alway check to see if you've ...


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Actually, several weapon systems were developed during WW1 that were not bolt action. The Pedersen Device mated to the existing M1903 Springfield rifle, the RSC Model 1917, and the ever popular Browning Automatic Rifle to name a few. I understand that the BAR was not intended to be a standard service rifle, but it does deserve a mention because of its ...


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This would certainly be linked to the Turkish and Mughal conquest of the subcontinent. In pre-medieval India, the academia was heavily dependent on royal patronage, as the Brahmin and Buddhist scholars were attached by occupation to the court. In this period, there had been various mathematical and philosophical advances though there seems to have been a ...


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The English New Forest was planted by the conquering Normans in the 11th century, and replaced farmland that had been cleared about 1,000 years earlier. The soil around the area is very poor, and much of the cleared land had became semi-barren heath - so this is a very clear act of reforesting. The purpose of the reforesting was to provide the Norman ...


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My first thought was Japan. I found no clear reforestation, but there was a early switch to forest management. The Problem Japan had a serious deforestation problem 300 years ago, a consequence of unsustainable forest use that had been building up for a long time (Totman 1989). As long ago as 600-850 AD, construction booms in Nara and Heian, along ...


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The Romans knew where to build Hadrian's Wall because they knew where they needed or wanted to have a wall. Nobody knows exactly why Hadrian's Wall was built. But the Romans ruled the lands of the Brigantes and other tribes to the south, and it is not known how much control they had over the tribes to the north of the Wall. In any case the Wall made it ...



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