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Oct
25
comment Evidence of cross contamination between Japanese and Western sword fighting styles?
Agreed new ones did, my kung fu sifu and his sifu incorporated many other styles into the core style but they still tell stories about how older styles stuck only to the family style. Looking, or incorporating another style got you kicked out of the school, in some respects current martial arts schools ask this by saying don't study other arts while you study at the school. It's hard to say how this translated to what you are talking about but asian cultures are VERY traditional. That's my main point.
Oct
25
comment What aternative locations were considered for the United Nations?
Considering that the US was always a lead in these organizations, League of Nations and the UN, it seemed appropriate to me that it was located within our borders. Although considering the feeling towards it nowadays that may be a mistake...
Oct
25
comment Evidence of cross contamination between Japanese and Western sword fighting styles?
I would suspect that many styles were still family orientated and only passed down to selected students, like many martial arts forms. With that, and the Confucian attitude of respecting ancestors, students would stick with their style and not mix other styles with their own. Of course I have no concrete evidence, but I have noticed this in popular culture and my own readings on martial styles, where family styles had a pride of being handed down for generations.
Oct
25
comment Are there confirmed cases where a country changed its language without being conquered?
Taiwan had been a part of China for quite awhile, so I am not sure it counts here. It'd be similar to almost any other territory of China, although at this point since the pre-Communist government located there the culture definitely changed. My wife is from Taiwan so we have many interesting conversations on this.
Oct
25
comment What were the reasons that the British colonies in North America rebelled but not others?
Good point, and I somewhat agree with your speculation, the sequence of events always tends to follow weird paths. If the US didn't need defending from France then we might not need to pay for that defense and be taxed to where we rebelled from the privilege of protection.
Oct
24
comment Are modern handguns a major reason for democratization?
+1 for noting other regions have plenty of cheap weapons but no democracy
Oct
24
comment Are there confirmed cases where a country changed its language without being conquered?
Considering China still has many dialects, I'd say not that well. They did redo the characters under Mao to simplify them, which is why there are Simplified and Traditional Mandarin today. I know it's a lot, but you could probably look at some of the countries that came out from under colonialism in Africa or SEAsia to see if they went back to their original language.
Oct
24
revised Why was the number of U.S. Representatives limited?
Add ing more on the 1920 census
Oct
24
answered Why was the number of U.S. Representatives limited?
Oct
21
answered What cultures did, or do, perform human sacrifice on a regular basis?
Oct
21
comment What was the American policy on colonisation and why?
Yeah, although it depends on your point of view as to whether any inhabitation on there was colonization or a land-grab/conquering/removal of natives. But then it was like that from the beginning.
Oct
21
comment Besides Magna Carta and general decentralization, what specifically led to democratization in England?
+1 for the detail and narrative! Nicely done
Oct
21
comment When did homosexuality become unacceptable in Europe?
Let's not forget the witch hunts and the scorn for midwives in the face of doctors, the Church was pretty busy and was able to find enemies everywhere
Oct
20
comment In what ways did the rise of a true middle class in Europe during the late 19th century become apparent?
Never covered that in my classes, although Bourgeois in my classes was always wrapped in Marxism, this is a new distinction to me. You learn something new every day! I'm curious on this one.
Oct
20
comment In what ways did the rise of a true middle class in Europe during the late 19th century become apparent?
I'm not sure I get the distinction since the merchantile and artistic groups of the "Middle Ages" tended to be the middle class for centuries and I don't think they all would have been considered the bourgeoisie.
Oct
20
answered What was the American policy on colonisation and why?
Oct
20
comment Has mercantilism ever been successful?
You could suggest China prior to the Opium Wars, but then it just didn't really trade with others since it had everything it supposedly needed already.
Oct
20
comment What was the life expectancy of an ancient roman child and adult?
Ok, the herb I was looking for was Silphium - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silphium and I can't get the Archaeology magazine article but there is some information here - temehu.com/Cities_sites/cyrene-cyrenaica.htm as well.
Oct
20
comment Why was the Cuban Revolution (1953-1959) ultimately successful?
@Andrei while they did have the fleet so did the Americans, and on at least one occasion there was a blockade. I'd almost suggest it succeeded with the cult of personality with Fidel Castro, we'll see how it does after he dies. Of course I have no research to back this up.
Oct
20
comment Was the Battle of Tours really the turning point for the Umayyad expansion into Europe?
Nice, didn't know about Emir Abd al Rahman being killed - that would definitely be a setback. Thanks.