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Aug
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comment Was there pre-Viking European contact with the Canadian Arctic?
@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
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answered Was there pre-Viking European contact with the Canadian Arctic?
Jul
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awarded  Yearling
Jun
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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
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May
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awarded  Nice Answer
May
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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".
May
22
comment What was the most recent country to be conquered and dissapear
@horsh as far as I could tell no UN member nation has been "conquered and ceased to exist as a country" (though of course there have been foreign-induced regime changes). I now looked at the member states of the League of Nations and all of these also appear to exist in some form today.
May
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comment What was the most recent country to be conquered and dissapear
@ClintEastwood sorry, perhaps bad phrasing by me: my point was just that Zanzibar+Tanganyika=Tanzania can probably not be termed a "conquest" and that (as far as I know) the merger itself was peaceful, even though atrocities occurred earlier in the process. In any case, feel free to let me know if "South Vietnam" does not answer your question.
May
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answered What was the most recent country to be conquered and dissapear
May
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comment Was there pre-Viking European contact with the Canadian Arctic?
Also see this article: counter-currents.com/2013/02/… which goes throught some of Sutherland's research. The (to my unlearned eyes, plausible) claims seem to be more about the extent of Norse exploration/colonization in the general Greenland/Baffin area in the previously accepted post-1000AD timeframe rather than any extension of this timeframe to earlier than 1000AD.
May
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comment Was there pre-Viking European contact with the Canadian Arctic?
The article you link is pretty vague on timing, talking about " from 1000 AD to 1450 AD or even earlier." and only later about dating of some yarn that "predates the Vikings". It it not clear that Sutherland (the archaeologist) believes that the finds pre-date the Vikings. Not sure that this article: tinyurl.com/m3jlcnu refers to the same site, but it says "Sutherland uncovered strong evidence that an archeological site called Nanook, on southern Baffin Island, was a Norse settlement established around 1300 AD and was likely used by Vikings based in Greenland to trade with the Dorset."
Apr
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awarded  Critic
Apr
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answered How common were horses at the beginning of the 20th century?
Apr
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answered How close were the living standards of India compared to England during the medieval period?
Jan
10
comment How did Henry Knox retrieve the cannons that fell into the river?
Isn't it likely that they tied ropes around the cannons before crossing the river, on the off-chance that the ice wouldn't hold? (You would expect that for the second time in particular....)
Oct
23
comment What is the oldest state/nation that has abolished the death penalty?
People accused of (some types of) crimes in Michigan are still at risk of the federal death penalty of the United States, so I would say Venezuela "wins" (if Olivier's answer is correct), even if abolition took place at a later point in time.