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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.
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answered When did the use of fabricated speeches in historical works go out of fashion?
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revised Why does Europe have so few skyscrapers compared to East Asia?
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Jul
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comment Why did Nazi soldiers do Hitler's bidding?
-1. While it seems paradoxical, it is not accurate that most rank-and-file German soldiers, even those who committed tremendous atrocities, were motivated by ideological hatred. The key factors were deference to authority ("just following orders") and group-think. (In fairness this is somewhat controversial, you have the Goldhagen followers who insist that it all happened because German culture was fanatically antisemitic, but the Christopher Browning "Ordinary Men" school of thought predominates.)
Jul
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comment Why does Europe have so few skyscrapers compared to East Asia?
I don't understand what you mean by "real skyscrapers." Both Rotterdam and Warsaw have ~20 buildings of more than 100m height. And I didn't mention land cost.
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comment Why does Europe have so few skyscrapers compared to East Asia?
Not posting an answer because I don't have a source, but I would guess that it has to do with the large density of historic buildings in the cores of European cities, which they don't want to bulldoze. Paris for instance has a large concentration of skyscrapers in La Défense on the outskirts. Note that Rotterdam and Warsaw, cities which were substantially destroyed in WW2, both have an unusually high density of skyscrapers by European standards.
Jul
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comment What is the basis for the claims that the word “Israel” means “Exiled for their sins”?
Well, for arguments sake, one could always say that Israel or a name similar to it came first from some other source, and then the authors of Genesis created a new etymology more suitable for their own purposes. A kind of "how the leopard got its spots" story, y'know? That said, I've never heard of this "exiled for their sins" business, and like you said it sounds way too pat.
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comment Before entering WW II, why was the US so against Japanese aggression in China but did nothing about Germany in Europe?
Seriously? The US began selling vast quantities of arms to the Allies in September 1939 ('Cash and Carry'), bartered 50 warships to the British a year later ('Destroyers for Bases'), and finally just started giving them vast quantities of munitions in March 1941 ('Lend-Lease'). In Summer 1941 American troops relieved the British in Iceland, and US naval forces began an undeclared but very real war against U-Boats in the North Atlantic. Strange way to do "nothing!"
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answered Did any Ethiopian leaders help the Italians?
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answered What is the basis for the claims that the word “Israel” means “Exiled for their sins”?
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answered When was cannabis legalized in the Netherlands?