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Jan
29
comment Has a state ever “attacked” another one by printing fake money?
@T.E.D. I also don't want to promote Wikipedia by quoting it, as it is full of biased statements and shouldn't be considered as reliable source.
Jan
29
comment Has a state ever “attacked” another one by printing fake money?
@T.E.D. I suppose you can find mention of that in pretty much every modern book about Prussia's or Polish history or Frederick's biographies. I don't know why Wikipedia used that particular books as sources as they are quite general. I see no reason to promote them out of a multitude of possiblities.
Jan
21
comment What factors led some South American governments to be sympathetic to Nazi war criminals?
How many Jews and Eastern Europeans did those governments allowed in around that time? (Would that make them sympathetic to Nazi victims?)
Nov
22
comment No speed limit on German highways - why?
How much would it cost the society to actually implement the speed limit: setup monitors, process violations etc.? Just because the idea of no limit has industrial lobbysts doesn't mean that it's wrong.
Nov
11
comment Did the Founding Fathers of the USA really make a distinction between a Republic and a Democracy (and despised the latter)?
@DVK I ask whether such a slogan was likely to be heard in a public speech in 1920 in the USA. And the purpose of that question is to trace the moment of the change of perception of "Democracy" in popular american culture. Would that question make more sense if I deleted the information that such a slogan was present in a made up show about 1920s?
Nov
11
comment Did the Founding Fathers of the USA really make a distinction between a Republic and a Democracy (and despised the latter)?
I provided definitions and I ask whether founding fathers shared them. So this question couldn't be more straightforward. I do not bother with other definitions. We could close all other questions based on the fact that someone might disagree on the definition of some word - I see no reason to single out the definitions of Democracy and Republic.
Oct
28
comment What were the consequences of the bankruptcies of the Spanish Empire?
telegraph.co.uk/finance/financialcrisis/9449896/…
Oct
14
comment Did liberalism in the USA degenerate into something more totalitarian than liberal?
left-wing, right-wing - this doesn't tell me much. Nazism is said to be right-wing, while communism left-wing, but from the point of view of classical liberals they are both totalitarian.
Sep
29
comment Was “Blitzkrieg” at least partly intended for trapping the Jews?
The 1938 incident - expulsion of Jews who previously had Polish citizenship - is an argument that at least for some period Hitler wanted Jews out rather than in.
Sep
4
comment Why did Britain and France not declare war against the Soviet Union when it invaded Poland in WW2?
No, Soviets did not recognize Polish government from 17 September 1939 till 30 July 1941 (Sikorski - Mayski agreement). You cannot blame Poland for the fact that Soviets didn't declare war on Poland but instead declared that Poland doesn't exists (that's so Soviet).
Sep
4
comment Why did Britain and France not declare war against the Soviet Union when it invaded Poland in WW2?
@user571376 Also, regarding Poles in particular, there was a high probability that they will be targeted specifically based on ther nationality en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
Sep
4
comment Why did Britain and France not declare war against the Soviet Union when it invaded Poland in WW2?
How would that be possible if Soviet authorities didn't recognize Polish authorities from that point onwards? Anyway, did Poland formally declare war on Germany?
Sep
4
comment Why did Britain and France not declare war against the Soviet Union when it invaded Poland in WW2?
@user571376 Stalin's policy towards minorities was two-faced. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Population_transfer_in_the_Soviet_Union
Sep
3
comment Why did Britain and France not declare war against the Soviet Union when it invaded Poland in WW2?
On the day of the invasion Soviet ministry of foreign affairs officially stated that Polish state no longer exists. Considering that, any formal declaration of war would be pointless, or actually, impossible.