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Dec
17
comment What was the most accurate map of the world before artificial satellites?
+1. Note, however, that some remote places were likely not thoroughly mapped before the advent of satellite photography; for example, it is commonly stated that major details about the interior of New Guinea was unknown to Western mapmakers until the 1930s.
Dec
2
comment Was there a serious proposal to offer India territory in East Africa?
Vaguely related: Wikipedia says that Aden Province was part of British India from 1839 to 1937, and also (not as good sourced) that British Somaliland was part of British India from 1884 to 1898. (I have found no indication that Indians were part of the actual administration of these places.)
Nov
28
awarded  Nice Answer
Nov
21
comment When passports/border checks became widespread?
In the first wave of globalization, from the mid-1800s until World War I, there was, I believe, widespread international migration without passports. I think this disappeared after 1914, but cursory Wikipediaing gave no definite source, so no answer from me (yet)...
Nov
7
awarded  Necromancer
Nov
5
awarded  Nice Answer
Oct
26
comment When did the majority of Americans stop living on farms?
Why is this question "on hold"? As evidenced by the answers, this is not material that can be "easily answered by looking up the relevant topic on Wikipedia". There is also relevant clarification to be had on the relevant definitions (rural/urban vs farm/nonfarm).
Oct
25
comment Communist resistance groups in the Nazi German military
Thank you for your opinion - I would however like sources for your first, second and fourth paragraph before upvoting. I have never heard of Soviet PoWs being stationed as troops in Norway (only as inmates of PoW camps). I agree that it is possible to disagree about the extent of "independent" communism in the West during the cold war, but Communists got 12 % of votes in the 1945 Norwegian election, and 26 % in France, so clearly there was some popular support for Communism in the West.
Oct
24
asked Communist resistance groups in the Nazi German military
Oct
23
answered When did the majority of Americans stop living on farms?
Aug
12
awarded  Revival
Aug
11
comment Does the Kimmirut find indicate pre-Viking Europeans traveling to Baffin Island?
@Joe thank you for your comment about turning this into an answer, just did that, would probably not have gotten around to it without your reply.
Aug
11
answered Does the Kimmirut find indicate pre-Viking Europeans traveling to Baffin Island?
Jul
20
awarded  Yearling
Jun
10
comment Why did Argentina seize South Georgia immediately prior to the Falklands invasion?
I read this answer as a general comment on the Falklands War, and how the entire strategy was devised a) to boost domestic support as much as to actually make military sense and b) with the illusion that the UK would have a hard time responding. The "set of worthless rocks" I take to include both South Georgia and the Falklands. However, the answer is not very clearly formulated, so it is hard to say. But no downvote from me.
May
28
comment Is Taiwan always a part of People's Republic of China?
I wanted to make an answer based more on international law than Taiwan-specific history, but have neither the time nor competence. It seems to me that things changed dramatically after 1945. There were several border adjustments / new countries in 1945 that "everyone" accepted, but a lot of conflicts after that seem to have been "frozen": formally, both the Israel/Palestine conflict and Taiwan's independence have been settled in military / "de facto" terms but are still in legal limbo. Tibet is formally resolved but there is still some debate in the West. Kashmir is not resolved. Etc...
May
27
awarded  Informed
May
26
awarded  Enlightened
May
26
awarded  Nice Answer
May
23
comment Were there any battles in Continental Europe that were decided by “peasants with pitchforks?”
You refer to guns as "government-issued weapons" At the 1612 Battle of Kringen a band of Norwegian peasants, supposedly "spontaneously" organized, defeated a group of Scottish mercenaries. The farmers decidedly had guns, but that would be part of the tools they used for a living, in hunting and doing other 17-th-century farming stuff. So it might be a bit strict to rule out guns when defining "farmers with pitchforks".