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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
May
10
comment How Likely Was a French Alliance with Italy or Japan in World War I?
Umm, Russia? They were France's main ally.
May
4
comment What was done to improve the safety of jousts after the death of Henry II?
I don't think they began by establishing of committee of inquiry tasked with preparing a whitepaper.
Apr
30
comment Why did Hitler not concentrate more on North Africa?
Franco was very unwilling to get actively involved in war on Hitler's side.
Apr
24
comment At the end of WWII, were nazis working on any other super weapon besides V-2?
Most of these designs were utter lunacy.
Apr
24
comment What do the modern Japanese people think about the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki?
Is it Quadalcanal or Guadalcanal?
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
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.