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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.


Aug
21
suggested suggested edit on What were the main causes of successful take over of India by Britain?
Aug
21
comment Is there any footage and/or photos of Germans surrendering towns and cities in the Western Front?
Outside of the fighting in Germany itself (where surrender ceremonies could hardly be expected to have been festive), the Western Front was basically an intense, bitterly contested battle in a narrow area around Normandy, followed by an almost unopposed exploitation into open country. Except for fortified ports, there weren't many "surrender ceremonies" as such, just Allied patrols cautiously driving into some town, to be immediately mobbed by joyous crowds of civilians (sometimes amidst sniper fire, even.) More typical would be some kind of liberation ceremony held by the town authorities.
Aug
20
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Why was language not used to establish dominance throughout England 1066 AD–1360s CE?
Aug
19
comment How was occupied France governed during World War II?
The Germans did not "set up" L'État Francais and it was not generally viewed as German collaborators until it became convenient to do so after 1944. In reality it was a popular, more or less legal régime (in terms of its establishment, I mean, not its actions) and acted in accordance with a plausible interpretation of French national interest. Also, merely being an "official" was by no means an offence of indignité nationale -- somebody had to make the trains run on time, right? Specific positive acts of voluntary collaboration were punished, as was membership in the fascist parties.
Aug
18
revised Why was language not used to establish dominance throughout England 1066 AD–1360s CE?
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Aug
18
comment Why was language not used to establish dominance throughout England 1066 AD–1360s CE?
You know what, that's fair, I was a bit harsh. I toned it down.
Aug
18
revised Why was language not used to establish dominance throughout England 1066 AD–1360s CE?
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Aug
18
comment Why was language not used to establish dominance throughout England 1066 AD–1360s CE?
But that was a mass migration, it's an apples to oranges comparison. There wasn't a genocide as such but the Celts were pushed out to the fringes and reduced to slavery in the core. The Normans, though, merely took over the very upper stratum of society. It's like comparing the Quebecois to the Native Americans -- sure they were both conquered by the English, but their situations were very different. As for the written language being subsumed, that's a totally different situation -- writing was a high-status activity confined to specialized uses by a tiny élite.
Aug
18
answered Why was language not used to establish dominance throughout England 1066 AD–1360s CE?
Aug
9
awarded  Commentator
Aug
9
comment Did Japan ever pay Russia war reparations after WW2? Why or why not?
How much did the reparations amount to as a share of Japanese GDP? And I assume we're talking 1951 GDP or later, because Japan's 1945 GDP must have been tiny (almost all major cities burned out, all harbours and straits mined, battleships arbitrarily shelling the coastline at will, etc etc)...
Aug
8
awarded  Autobiographer
Aug
6
comment Why is Alexander Hamilton considered the father of modern banking?
If you're interested in the subject I highly recommend Ron Chernow's biography of Hamilton. It's a good balance of vivid, colourful details about the man himself with an overview of his role in developing American finance and public credit. He's an incredibly important figure in American history, but widely underappreciated by the popular culture.
Jul
28
comment What led to the first fight in the American Civil War?
-1, question is easy and boring. Can't imagine why this was voted up...
Jul
26
comment Was the secession of the Confederate states illegal?
By this "logic," the states have the power to do anything not specifically mentioned in the constitution.
Jul
17
awarded  Student
Jul
14
answered When did the use of fabricated speeches in historical works go out of fashion?
Jul
14
asked Reception of Acemoglu-Robinson 'extractive institutions' thesis?
Jul
10
awarded  Editor
Jul
10
revised Why does Europe have so few skyscrapers compared to East Asia?
fix grammar, remove duplicate of title in body, corrected labelling of Asia as "southeast"