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Jul
23
comment Why hasn't Russia maintained significant numbers of Aircraft carriers?
@Luke Do you really need sources to point out that Russia is more land-locked than the USA?
Jul
20
comment Why was the US so against Japanese aggression in China but did nothing about Germany in Europe?
"It's something like 55 miles from Siberia across the Bering Strait to Alaska." - Were there ports which didn't freeze in winter in both Eastern Siberia and Alaska?
Jul
19
comment Why was the US so against Japanese aggression in China but did nothing about Germany in Europe?
"On the other hand, an Axis victory scenario would probably have involved a Japanese fleet convoying a victorious German army from Siberia across the Pacific to Alaska and British Columbia." -- This army would be doomed. I can't imagine successfully supplying such an invasion army across an OCEAN.
Jul
17
comment Why was the Irish War of Independence in 1918 successful when other revolts failed?
According to Wikipedia: "The number of Irish deaths in the British Army recorded by the registrar general was 27,405, a casualty rate of 14%, roughly in line with the rest of the British forces." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ireland_and_World_War_I#Casualties
Jul
16
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Jul
16
comment Why are the police never responsible for guarding the Head of the State?
Why under the Treasury?
Jul
13
comment What went wrong with India's scientific development as a society?
Europe had gold and silver.
Jul
2
comment What factors led to the rise of political parties in the United States?
Are there any nonpartisan parties? It sounds like "powdered water" to me.
Jun
29
comment Why was the Western Front so static in World War I?
For D-Day to happen, huge advances in amphibious invasion techniques had to be made. They weren't present in 1918.
Jun
29
comment Why was the Irish War of Independence in 1918 successful when other revolts failed?
India was much more important for them.
Jun
27
comment Is there any evidence to support the claim that the US Strategic Defense Initiative played any significant role in undermining the USSR?
Reagan's spending was kind of a Keynesian stimulus for the US economy emerging from the recession.
Jun
21
comment How does the amount of equipment carried by various historical infantries compare?
1. I'm not sure if height is so strongly correlated with carrying capacity, 2. soldier were often selected for above-average height in the past.
Jun
21
comment If the nazi is a far-right party, why is it socialist?
"There was a time when socialism really seemed like the way forward" - it still does, to many.
Jun
21
comment Were there reasons for Japan to go to war with US aside from US owning Philippines?
If the Philippines were independent, a Japanese invasion of them would still be seen by the US as a direct challenge.
Jun
21
comment How does the amount of equipment carried by various historical infantries compare?
Armies tend to put as much load on an infantry soldier as possible, so the total weight carried is determined mostly by the physical capabilities of a fit adult male. This did not change that much during the last 2000 years. If the current equipment gets lighter, soldiers will simply be given more stuff to carry.
Jun
19
comment Fanons 'Concerning Violence' makes the point that Nazism was the culminating point of the project of European Colonialism, how true is that?
If you read about the genocide of the Hereros and about Belgian Congo, you can see easily that it was kind of a rehearsal before the Nazi Holocaust.
Jun
19
comment Why was the US so against Japanese aggression in China but did nothing about Germany in Europe?
@jfrankcarr Given how Americans treated their own racial minorities (esp. Blacks), it would be weird if they had a lot of moral indignation about Nazi racial ideals.
Jun
19
comment Which European countries did not have a revolution in the aftermath of the French Revolution and why?
@jfrankcarr True! There was also a small-scale uprising in Ireland at the end of the XVIIIth century, and of course Jacobite uprisings in Scotland.
Jun
18
comment Why was the US so against Japanese aggression in China but did nothing about Germany in Europe?
@Sid Germans would have been brutal, had the Czechoslovakian government resisted.
Jun
18
comment Which European countries did not have a revolution in the aftermath of the French Revolution and why?
UK had its revolution about 100 years earlier. A Glorious one :)