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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".
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
22
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
21
answered What was the most recent country to be conquered and dissapear
May
14
comment Does the Kimmirut find indicate pre-Viking Europeans traveling to Baffin Island?
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
14
comment Does the Kimmirut find indicate pre-Viking Europeans traveling to Baffin Island?
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
25
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Apr
25
answered How common were horses at the beginning of the 20th century?
Apr
24
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.
Sep
27
comment How many different countries could a person alive today have lived in without leaving their hometown?
Now if you could find some pre-1939 border adjustments between Czechoslovakia or A-H and Poland or Romania...
Sep
27
comment How many different countries could a person alive today have lived in without leaving their hometown?
@TeaDrinker Fine, nice answer and nice map! Upvoted :-)
Sep
26
comment How many different countries could a person alive today have lived in without leaving their hometown?
You will likely find your city in Eastern Europe. For example, Carpatho-Ukraine appears to have been part of A-H, then Czechoslovakia, then declared independent, then Hungary, then Soviet Union, then Ukraine. Of course, it depends on how you define "change of countries" - is Hungary distinct from A-H, is Ukrainian SSR distinct from Ukraine, is Croatia distinct from Yugoslavia?
Aug
20
comment Was it common practice in Victorian London or other Western European cities to name locations as places where fictional characters lived and acted?
Mas a Tierra in the South Pacific was the place where Alexander Selkirk, inspiration for the fictional character Robinson Crusoe, was marooned in 1704. Fittingly, in 1966 Chile changed the name to Robinson Crusoe Island.
Aug
20
answered Why did no Independent American Indian states ever develop?
Jul
20
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May
30
revised Looking for a symbol for Southern USA communism
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May
30
answered Looking for a symbol for Southern USA communism
May
30
comment Looking for a symbol for Southern USA communism
I second T.E.D's suggestion of the raised fist. However, I think the symbolism should also depend on a) the republic's attitude to Native Americans (Seminole symbolism perhaps? Didn't find any in Wikipedia) and b) slavery/African Americans. Theoretical socialism/Marxism should be sympathetic to these groups, but of course that might no be the case in practice. Also, is the Republic pro-Spanish/Mexican? Predominantly industrial (hammer) or agricultural (palms? oranges? cotton)?