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B.A. in History albeit a zillion years ago


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.
Mar
11
comment Explaining the data in the 2004 Republican primary results
thanks for the answer but I'm not anti-Bush. for the record i came to the question listening to an old podcast (from the BBC) from the 2000s about sitting presidents in the US getting an easy ride in primaries. the podcast mentioned that it hadn't always been the case which is why i also intro'd my question saying "in recent history". i picked a random party and a random (recent) year to look up in Wikipedia but it could just as easily have been Clinton in 1996. then, seeing that wikipedia page gave rise to my questions. not anti-anything.
Mar
8
comment Who started trams in Delhi?
@Ramit i see it is labelled "Indian English". Not being Indian I had taken it for a typo. Always happy to learn a different English from my own.
Feb
20
comment Has this newspaper printed the wrong picture (as well as a baffling caption)?
so, the Express aren't being so dumb after all. but still "at the battle front near Reims" would be a better caption for a general audience.
Feb
20
comment Has this newspaper printed the wrong picture (as well as a baffling caption)?
Superb working out!
Jan
15
comment Were any German cities spared by by the Allies for personal or idiosyncratic reasons?
@PieterGeerkens that's an interesting claim and worthy of a question in its own right. i've never heard it anywhere else though.
Jan
14
comment “More Frenchmen bore arms for the Axis than for the Allies during the Second World War”?
There was also Dakar which was an emphatic victory for Vichy France fighting hard against the Allies. Admittedly it was also badly botched by Free French/British.
Jan
14
comment “More Frenchmen bore arms for the Axis than for the Allies during the Second World War”?
@OldCat as well as in Syria the British and Vichy French fought for several months in Madagascar and there were several other raggedy encounters in other regions. Not large forces though. The book England’s Last War Against France: Fighting Vichy is helpful.
Jan
12
comment Why did the Union army favor a “western” route to approaching Richmond during the American Civil War
@PieterGeerkens leaving aside "Union" I saw "Civil War" and "Richmond" and thought of London.
Dec
10
comment Did France & Italy continue to develop and manufacture sophisticated military hardware once under German control?
it's the occupied north of Italy 1943-5 which the question refers to, especially as that's where Italy's industrial/manufacturing base lay/lies. +1 tho'.
Sep
27
comment How many different countries could a person alive today have lived in without leaving their hometown?
@Jørgen yes! we need some small Carpathian town to have been temporarily given to Romania for a few years, perhaps by cartographic oversight or to solve a problem with a road or some such
Sep
26
comment How many different countries could a person alive today have lived in without leaving their hometown?
@Jørgen i wanted to answer Carpatho-Ukraine yesterday but at the time the question was closed
Aug
8
comment Which single car accident in history caused the most deaths?
welcome to the site, your question could look like a pub quiz trivia question, to some here. also, the 1955 Le Mans crash sounds more like a sports event disaster than a "car accident". but you're right, a -1 the minute you start isn't welcoming and i withdraw it. embarrassed.
Aug
8
comment Disappearance and reappearance of helmets in European armies circa 1600 to 1900
what about written or pictorial evidence that such a pattern of helmet usage has occurred? i mean, you may be right and it's a "thing" but ...
Aug
6
comment Were East Germans more acquiescent to Soviet domination than the rest of Eastern Europe and if so, why?
@SchwitJanwityanujit you're right. everything i can find deals with ostalgia post-1989, rather than national feeling pre-1989. i've edited accordingly.
Aug
6
comment What is the etymology of Haiti's name?
wikipedia's article on Haiti, third sentence in. voted to close
Aug
6
comment What is the historical evidence behind the claim that the Soviet armies perpetrated mass rapes during their stay in Germany?
is it necessary to have Beevor's name in the title? it suggests he's something of a lone voice, and while removing it is also somewhat suggestive (of the opposite) i would argue that the question is legitimate and reads better without his name "what is the historical evidence behind claims that ..."
Aug
6
comment Why the six hour gap between British and French declarations of war?
could France have "gone first" then, if their debate timings had allowed it? or was there an element of caution, of following the British lead?