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Apr
21
comment Why did the French nobility adopt Calvinism?
@user5001: Most of the more famous French nobles preferred Calvinism to Lutheranism. In Germany, it was the opposite.
Apr
19
comment Why did the French nobility adopt Calvinism?
@FelixGoldberg: Not everyone opts for their own self interest; some prefer to choose ideologies. A "cui bono" model of this sort can only identify what people would TEND to do, not what they would actually do. I also added an allusion to the facts that Calvin was French and Luther was German, because "nationalism" also explains some people's choices.
Apr
18
comment What is the significance of “Flappers” in American history?
Welcome to the site! The "flappers" were members of the so-called World War II generation, the one most like today's Millennials.
Apr
17
comment Why have wheat and rice been consumed in different forms?
@Greg: That sounds right. Why don't you make your comment an answer.
Apr
16
comment Other than coffee and tobacco what major product became Cuba's source of wealth in the 18th century?
@Himarm: You might be right about the "European" version. But that was certainly the dynamic for the American version.
Apr
16
comment Why was China not colonized by any country?
+1 for Tocqueville.
Apr
15
comment Did the Carthaginians have the option of sending Hannibal to Sicily?
Bomilcar began by transporting an army of 28,000 to Sicily in 213 BC. This was reinforced several times, most notably in 211by Hanno with 11,000 men, and followon reinforcements that brought that group to 24,000. c3iopscenter.com/documents/…
Apr
15
comment Did the Carthaginians have the option of sending Hannibal to Sicily?
@Oldcat: Except that they sent 77,000 men (from Carthage). So why not send Hannibal there to lead them? The difficulty might be moving Hannibal from Italy to Sicily, but they actually moved him back to Carthage before Zama.
Apr
15
comment Did Hongwu Emperor flay 5000 women, and why?
@Lohoris: "Liaisons" in this context refers to "dating."
Apr
11
comment What is the most noteworthy defection of a member of the Nazi party to the Allies during WWII?
Himmler defected from HITLER (and was treated as a treated as a defector by Hitler).
Apr
10
comment Why Canada failed to emerge as a Great Power like UK or France?
@PieterGeerkens: As I remember, "little" Canada provided something like half the destroyers and "sub chasers" in the Battle of the Atlantic, as much or more as the U.S. and U.K. combined.
Apr
10
comment When and why did Erasmus ask whether the Pope would govern the east better than the Turk?
@Mr.Bultitude: I was expanding on Semphore's answer.
Apr
10
comment What is the most noteworthy defection of a member of the Nazi party to the Allies during WWII?
@CGCampbell: That was certainly Himmler's intention. Whether or not he "pulled it off," you can judge from the link or other sources.
Apr
10
comment Why were the Mongolian armies able to to use greater percentages of archers than (Medieval) Europeans?
@Greg: Very good comment. Why not make it into an answer. I'd certainly upvote, and possibly accept it.
Apr
9
comment Why were the Mongolian armies able to to use greater percentages of archers than (Medieval) Europeans?
@Alex:Added details.
Mar
31
comment What preparations went into the Tehran Conference of 1943?
Related: history.stackexchange.com/questions/10905/…
Mar
29
comment German invasion of Poland details
This question is about historioGRAPHY, and quite relevant, IMHO.
Mar
26
comment Did The Soviet Union Need Both Prongs to Succeed At the Battle of Stalingrad?
Welcome to the site. A pretty good answer.
Mar
16
comment Why was Benedict Arnold liked by the Tories but scorned by the Whigs?
@PieterGeerkens: Changed Arnold's "politics" to "actions" and how they were viewed across the Tory Whig political spectrum.
Mar
12
comment Status of merchants in feudal Europe
@TylerDurden: Included them.