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Apr
14
comment Why Napoleon was not executed or imprisoned?
"His only real "crime" was leading armies against them and losing." - If they wanted to, they could have painted him as a criminal monster. The anti-Napoleonic propaganda in Britain was already doing that with great success: stanford.edu/group/ww1/spring2000/Bogdan/Essay.html
Apr
6
comment Was Russo-Polish of 1919-1920 a war of independence?
There was -- Polish Army did not fight the Soviet Army.
Apr
4
comment Why did the political parties in the US give up power to run primary elections to some states?
In short: lots of shenanigans.
Apr
4
comment What happens after a widespread social chaos?
An extremely important factor is freedom of speech. If you have independent media, corruption becomes less of a problem, because it is exposed.
Apr
2
comment Why did the political parties in the US give up power to run primary elections to some states?
I've been a member of a political party once. It's not that simple. You can believe in the movement in general, but mistrust your regional party bosses, or the central committee. Big political parties see a lot of inner struggles, and sometimes the ways and means used are really, really low.
Apr
2
comment Why did the political parties in the US give up power to run primary elections to some states?
Maybe to ensure that the ballots are fair and party voters trust their results more?
Apr
2
comment What was the most important cause of the Second World War?
Not really. Great Britain encouraged German colonialism in the XIXth century, for example. German overseas trade has been protected then by the British Navy. German economy has been growing at an astonishing pace, and by the beginning of the XXth century it was anything but weak. In steel production they overshot Britain by a large margin. It was not a problem for Britain. It only started feeling threatened by Germany when the latter started developing a navy capable of defeating RN and supporting a successful invasion (the converse was never true because the UK lacked an Army big enough).
Apr
2
answered What was the most important cause of the Second World War?
Apr
2
comment What was the most important cause of the Second World War?
The problem with this explanation is that the rhetoric "Other nations want to keep Germany weak and prevent it from reaching its "place under the sun"" was common in Germany long before WW I, say nothing about the Treaty of Versailles. Hitler was singing a tune the Germans were used to since Kaiser Wilhelm.
Mar
28
comment Was Russo-Polish of 1919-1920 a war of independence?
But it wasn't at war with Poland.
Mar
28
comment Was Russo-Polish of 1919-1920 a war of independence?
@HermannIngjaldsson What is so hard to understand here? The UK and France went to war with Germany because a) it went to war with Poland and b) was a threat to France and UK as well. Neither of it were true w/r to the Soviet Union in 1939.
Mar
27
comment Are Americans More Obsessed With the Military Aspect of History? If so, why?
VD Hanson is a neocon shill.
Mar
27
comment Are Americans More Obsessed With the Military Aspect of History? If so, why?
@sbi Yup, but both things are much fresher in the mind of Americans.
Mar
24
comment Are Americans More Obsessed With the Military Aspect of History? If so, why?
America is a country based on genocide and cemented by a civil war. No wonder it's obsessed with war.
Mar
23
comment What happens after a widespread social chaos?
How much do you pay (in $$)?
Mar
23
answered What happens after a widespread social chaos?
Mar
23
comment What happens after a widespread social chaos?
"Internet is barely usable (have a 7mbs and get only 1mbs or less)" - I remember that my 24/7 first internet connection was 128kbs ;-)
Mar
22
comment Has a book ever caused the ousting of a dictator?
@Sardathrion Seriously. Also, the claim that Sharp's book has been used in Poland is just BS. Polish anti-Communist opposition had enough thinkers and leaders of their own. I doubt Sharp could offer them useful advice, given he was a guy from outside.
Mar
22
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Mar
21
comment Has a book ever caused the ousting of a dictator?
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