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I am Evan Harper, a student developer. I am mostly a .NET programmer at the moment, but at various times I've been into C, Java, Python, JavaScript, and others. I enjoy history, chess, beer, sushi, and Team Fortress 2. :-)

Education: Fanshawe College.

Current employer (July 2013): TC Media.

All opinions are mine alone.


Jul
14
comment Why did Nazi soldiers do Hitler's bidding?
Coming back to this years later after trying to Google something else, I have to say that I was wrong and @SamuelRussell was right. Few German soldiers were ranting fanatics like Hitler, but it was a deeply ideological army, and ordinary Landser were fairly steeped in hatred. The contrary view is very convenient and widely held today (hence upvotes) but it doesn't stand up under good modern scholarship. The top answer recommending Soldaten is a good one; read it and you'll see how ideological the ordinary Landser really was.
Jun
21
awarded  Yearling
Feb
28
awarded  Nice Answer
Feb
19
awarded  Necromancer
Oct
20
comment What forces/incentives drove the Mongols to conquer a much larger land territory than they could comfortably settle or rule?
It is certainly not true that the motives of historical figures cannot be analyzed. e.g. There is an extensive documentary record of Hitler's thinking about the Jews, and at least some material which sheds light on the internal bureaucratic wrangling which led to the Final Solution. The entire functionalism vs intentionalism debate which has been extremely important in Holocaust studies makes no sense if we assume that motives cannot be analyzed. This is just sandbagging pretending to be skepticism.
Sep
10
comment Why did the Germans wait until it was too late to reinstate their unrestricted submarine warfare in WWI?
Starving out the enemy was a perfectly practical strategy which very nearly worked. Starving out Britain would have been enough to win the war, since Britain, France, and Russia together were barely able to hold the Germans back. Also, 400k is the total figure for excess German civilian mortality during the war years, not the figure "attributed directly to the blockade."
Aug
14
awarded  Enlightened
Aug
14
awarded  Nice Answer
Jun
21
awarded  Yearling
May
3
revised What was the role of the Soviet Navy during WWII?
minor copyediting and English language issues; corrected claim of dreadnoughts to pre-dreadnought battleships as it could only refer to Schlesien & Schleswig-Holstein
May
2
suggested suggested edit on What was the role of the Soviet Navy during WWII?
Apr
2
answered Battles that took place on the ice
Mar
15
comment Are there any records that indicate a submarine vs submarine battle?
This answer is straightforwardly incorrect. Dozens of German U-boats were sunk by Allied submarines in World War I, which in turn sunk several Allied subs.
Dec
21
comment Who is responsible for the partition of Palestine?
Deir Yassin is obviously the biggie, but Benny Morris counts twenty-four distinct massacres. The events and Lydda/Ramleh for instance probably took more lives than Deir Yassin. Obviously attribution of responsibility for the '48 Palestinian exodus is a still a thorny historical issue.
Dec
21
revised Who is responsible for the partition of Palestine?
edited body
Dec
21
comment Who is responsible for the partition of Palestine?
The UN certainly did not force a two-state solution on anyone. The UN general assembly passed a non-binding resolution that was essentially dead on arrival, and it became clear that the fate of the two communities would be decided on the battlefield. By the time the international phase of the 1947-49 war got well underway, both sides were aiming for a "one-state solution", ie, conquering all of the former Mandate territory. The partition happened because the Arab armies were defeated, but managed to hang on to some rump territories. The UN was basically left to pick up the pieces afterwards.
Dec
21
answered Who is responsible for the partition of Palestine?
Dec
16
comment Why the USSR insisted on ban of the 1943 German film Munchhausen in Nuremberg?
My answer doesn't show direct documentary evidence, it's true. But it does show that Stalin abhorred sexuality in film and sought Soviet film to portray great Russian monarchs from history in a positive light. Which seems very likely relevant to why his government banned a film that slandered Catherine the Great in crude sexual terms!
Oct
2
comment Was “Blitzkrieg” at least partly intended for trapping the Jews?
This is simply false. My copy of The Wages of Destruction, appendix A5, has the last German grain harvest before the war at 29.6 million tonnes, falling to a low of 22.7 in 1942-43. Domestic consumption outstripped domestic production for each year of the war. As for the ghettoes being able to feed themselves: I'm not sure that's true, but to the extent that it is, that was precisely the problem by Nazi lights. Every grain of wheat bartered for on the black market by an unfortunate ghetto dweller was a grain that didn't go to feeding a German soldier or an ostarbeiter.
Oct
1
answered Was “Blitzkrieg” at least partly intended for trapping the Jews?