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B.A. in History albeit a zillion years ago


Nov
29
comment Was there a serious proposal to offer India territory in East Africa?
NZ got Samoa and Nauru
Nov
29
comment Was there a serious proposal to offer India territory in East Africa?
Australia got the German territories in Papua New Guinea. I think the NZers got some of Germany's Pacific Islands. I'd have to check.
Nov
21
comment Chiang's allies were “a kidnapper, a hooligan and a bully” but which was which?
fantastic answer, happy to accept this
Nov
21
comment Chiang's allies were “a kidnapper, a hooligan and a bully” but which was which?
@TomAu enjoyed your answer, thanks for the personal insights
Oct
21
comment Was breaching the Yellow River dykes Chiang Kai-Shek's Mers-el-Kebir?
@Oldcat of course, nevertheless, British participants variously described the act as "hateful", "painful", "an act of butchery" and "unnatural". So I think there was some discomfort on the British side too.
Oct
10
comment How did the Nazis plan to “defeat” America during World War II?
+1 oldcat, just as Italy and Thailand also declared war on the United States without - erm, so far as I can tell - having concrete plans to bring the United States to her knees
Oct
10
comment What were Britain's defensive plans for a Nazi invasion?
google.co.uk/…
Aug
28
comment How to explain the Khalkhin Gol outcome in view of Soviet weakness and Japanese strength at that time?
@Semaphore wikipedia's page for Operation Barbarossa suggests the USSR had something like three times as many planes as the Germans, and three times as many tanks, and yet they were crushed. "had more tanks and planes" hardly seems a sufficient explanation, on its own, for Khalkhin Gol. But your comment about Japan's lack of commitment to the battle and questionable authorisation is an interesting point.
Jun
19
comment Were any German cities spared by by the Allies for personal or idiosyncratic reasons?
@Oldcat er... question is about German cities
Jun
17
comment Why did Argentina seize South Georgia immediately prior to the Falklands invasion?
So was it that the junta as a whole intended it as vital element in its entire territorial claim (first paragraph)? Or was it Anaya going rogue (later paragraph)? Either seem plausible (I especially like the notion that it was muddle/Anaya acting out his own campaign), but they're somewhat contradictory.
Jun
10
comment Why did Argentina seize South Georgia immediately prior to the Falklands invasion?
There are no sheep farmers on South Georgia.
Jun
10
comment Why did Argentina seize South Georgia immediately prior to the Falklands invasion?
And you say the islands were not easily or cheaply retaken. Wikipedia says Operation Parakeet cost the British 2 helicopters and no loss of life. Seems quite cheap to me.
Jun
10
comment Why did Argentina seize South Georgia immediately prior to the Falklands invasion?
And Ascension island isn't an American base. It's British.
Jun
10
comment Why did Argentina seize South Georgia immediately prior to the Falklands invasion?
Sorry, but this is a terrible answer. You're talking about the Falklands as a whole. I'm asking about a small part of that campaign. It's the equivalent of asking why Hitler occupied Narvik and answering "lebensraum".
May
29
comment What was the death toll of non-Americans in the Vietnam War?
@T.E.D. and fraxture ... and the hundreds of Autralians killed?
May
28
comment What was the name for a group of 12 men in old England responsible for each others actions?
er, what or when is "old England"?
May
27
comment Was the Soviet Union in 1945 seeking to capture German soldiers and civilians, or drive them west?
@Oldcat i'm asking, not asserting
Apr
8
comment Spain's tributary empire vs. Portugal's seaborne empire
i am not your downvoter but ... i'm wondering whether you're asking the wrong question. since portugal also built a huge (Brazil is huge) colonial empire in the americas shouldn't your question be about the differences between the americas and asia rather than between spain and portugal?
Apr
2
comment How did the Nazis view Dickens' Oliver Twist?
you've read the book, so that's fair enough. as i understand it the book paints him very much blacker than his portrayal in the famous musical and films (which might be the Fagin many readers here are more familiar with, me included). So it's hard to imagine the Nazis unhappy with Dickens' Fagin.
Mar
17
comment Why does the United States keep using “old” date representations and imperial system, while being in the minority?
re your para about the UK, no one in the UK uses MM/DD/YYYY and everyone, even those who still fight against metric and cherish imperial regard MM/DD/YYYY as completely nuts. just saying.