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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 Before entering WW II, 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 Before entering WW II, 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 :)
Jun
18
comment Before entering WW II, why was the US so against Japanese aggression in China but did nothing about Germany in Europe?
@Barry Another reason is that Hitler had many supporters in America (e.g. Henry Ford).
Jun
18
comment Before entering WW II, why was the US so against Japanese aggression in China but did nothing about Germany in Europe?
@Sid Annexation of the Czechoslovakia was also backed up by a military threat.
Jun
13
comment Is there any documentation that indicates the Aztecs were as violent as they are made out?
Or looking at the incarceration rate in modern USA, they would conclude that it was a society of prison wardens...
Jun
6
comment What Were the Types of Sieges?
A sitting siege was not without risks. You didn't suffer the casualties from assaulting the walls, but after some time the disease took an equally great toll.
May
31
comment Number of bullets used in WW2
@Canageek Actually the US was left with lots of unused ammunition after WW2.
May
30
comment Is there any country(former colony) in the world that obtained independence and then again tried to join its colonist ruler?
Belarus is still an independent country. The "Union State" is just a vague political concept, which is dead for all practical purposes.
May
22
answered Was there any way to deal with infections in pre-modern times?
May
18
comment Were sailing ships of the line understaffed with gunnery crews so that there were not enough for 2 broadsides?
The Marines could be quite busy during the action: shooting at the sailors and officers on the enemy's deck or manning the enemy's sails, or making sure nobody deserts from their post.
May
15
comment Explosive Ordinance Yield Over History
It's quite easy to obtain lots of weaponry which would permit you to slaughter your population. What is difficult is to suffer the consequences of such massacres. Weaponry doesn't help you when your Swiss bank accounts get frozen.
May
15
comment Why were so few Luftwaffe attacks flown against the Normandy beaches on 6 June 1944?
Because the Allies had air superiority, IMHO.
May
14
comment What were the first “Big Banks” in the United States?
Goldman Sachs has been around for quite a while.
May
14
comment Why were the Prague Spring leaders treated more leniently than Nagy and his colleagues?
I would object to the word "adequate", it somehow justifies Soveit actions. Perhaps "symmetric" would be a better choice.
May
14
comment What precipitated the rise of social safety nets in the United States?
"Yet in early American society there was a lot of basis on self-sufficiency that often is touted as coming from the Protestant roots of many who came here." -- community welfare was an important part of Protestant ethics in many countries as well. Think about Sweden or Switzerland.
May
13
comment Israel/Palestine: Who really attacked first in 1948?
Such questions are impossible to answer. Especially in Middle East.
May
10
comment Why did the Federalist Party collapse?
"I would naturally think to draw analogues with the current-day Republican party, which favors the upper class" -- yes, but it adresses its message largely to lower class