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Jul
4
comment Why were Indians not mass converted to Islam/Christianity?
Goa was a Portuguese colony, not a British one. How is the Goa Inquisition related to British intentions?
Feb
15
comment Why did Hideyoshi invade Korea?
About the guerrilla resistance, the Korean royal court was rather unpopular among the people, and the Japanese believed they would not support the king (which is, in a way, true). Only when the Korean king had almost given up fighting did the guerrilla resistance begin.
Feb
15
comment Why did Hideyoshi invade Korea?
I disagree with you that the Japanese navy could not have matched the Koreans. The Korean navy was not in a strong position at all. It was only the division led by Admiral Yi Sun-Sin that was better than the naval divisions that the Japanese reached were routed at the beginning of the war. The Japanese had no idea before starting the invasion that Admiral Yi's naval division existed. Admiral Yi himself was not highly regarded in the Korean court. He owed his rise to his friend who had become the prime minister of Korea.
Jun
21
comment Did Hitler really support Subhash Chandra Bose's cause and did he do anything to help Bose?
Also, Indian PoWs had already formed an army -- but they lacked a leader who had the stature of Bose. Bose was an extremely respected leader in India, and had even defeated Gandhi's candidate once in Congress.
Jun
21
comment Did Hitler really support Subhash Chandra Bose's cause and did he do anything to help Bose?
True, but Bose was allowed to go based on the request of the Japanese. Unlike the Japanese, Hitler never allowed Bose to develop a provisional government as long as he was in Germany. And about the spy network in India, it was not at all effective. Bose was close to a lot of people who were sympathetic to the USSR in India, making it easy for the communists to infiltrate this spy network.
Jun
18
comment Which Japanese military officers helped Ho Chi Minh?
Great! Thank you once again.
Jun
18
comment Which Japanese military officers helped Ho Chi Minh?
Thank you! It is a wonderful answer, but could you please cite sources?
Apr
29
comment What was Gandhi's post-factum view of the Partition?
@T.E.D. Please check the updated link. The previous link had got broken.
Apr
29
comment What was Gandhi's post-factum view of the Partition?
@PieterGeerkens Exactly my view too. Apart from what he himself said, most of the leaders in the Congress Working Committee owed their rise to Gandhi himself and it is hard to believe that they would have gone directly against him.
Jan
12
comment Who were the first democratically elected leaders of Russia in history?
@PieterGeerkens The word "leader" here is a little ambiguous. Here I considered "leader" to mean "Head of State".
Dec
25
comment Why was the Battle of Noryang fought?
@Lohoris But all these facts were known before the battle too. Considering the fact that the Korean navy was led by an excellent tactician, there must have been something that prompted them to fight an unequal battle.
Dec
6
comment To what extent did Gandhi affect the factors that led to the partition of India?
Reasons behind the downvote, please? Is it because I disagree with the textbook version? I think as long as I give sources and give specific reasons, it should be okay.
Nov
9
comment To what extent did Gandhi affect the factors that led to the partition of India?
@MonsterTruck Agreed with you, and have added sources accordingly.
Nov
9
comment To what extent did Gandhi affect the factors that led to the partition of India?
@MonsterTruck You must understand that adding sources to this type of response is difficult, since it contains a lot of information, but I have tried my best.
Nov
8
comment To what extent did Gandhi affect the factors that led to the partition of India?
I agree that this is the "official" history of modern India. And though I disagree with this answer, I feel that in the interest of fairness, I should add the reference that this response deserves. My own answer is in a different post.
Sep
8
comment Why did the Indian National Congress fail to convince Indian minorities to support united India
@user49727 But, if anything, the idea of partition should have made the Muslims who would have to live in India even more insecure. They would have very firmly opposed partition because it was in their own interests. But this did not happen.
Sep
8
comment Why didn't Alexander invade India?
Thank you, I understand your point now.
Sep
7
comment Why didn't Alexander invade India?
Could you please cite something that says that Porus won? As far as I know, Indian history says that the glorious war was won by Alexander, not Porus. This was because Porus' cavalry mostly used elephants, and the night of the battle, the rain had made it difficult to move. Alexander's cavalry contained horses, and so faced no such difficulty.
Aug
27
comment Why were Indians not mass converted to Islam/Christianity?
@phaedrus The caste system ensured that people who changed their religion would not only have to change their belief system, but would also separate themselves from members of their own community. This was a major factor behind lowering the number of conversion to Islam. But, even then, most of those who converted were from lower castes.
Aug
17
comment Why were there more Muslims in East Bengal than in West Bengal
Could you please name the source from where you got this information?