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May
20
comment Status of merchants in feudal Europe
@Greg: I said "Dutch and others." The Dutch were invited to the party because of their seafaring capabilities. I was told this when I was in Gdansk, Poland, where a lot of buildings have Dutch architecture.
May
18
comment Why was East Asia more religiously tolerant than Europe in medieval time?
@T.E.D.: It's more a statement of "philosophy" than anything else. But it is consistent with "pre-Communist" China in this regard (the treatment of Falun Gong is not).
May
15
comment What were the reasons that the British colonies in North America rebelled but not others?
Regarding Doug T's critique, Amy Chua, a Yale professor, has published a book about how "market dominate minorities" come from the outside.And Britishers had the Magna Carta in their history, something that other groups did not have.
May
14
comment Was the Night of the Long Knives principally a means to obtain loyalty of the German military leadership?
@VincenzoOliva: If you want a more detailed, first hand treatment, I recommend "The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich" by William L. Shirer.
May
14
comment Was the Night of the Long Knives principally a means to obtain loyalty of the German military leadership?
@VincenzoOliva: From the second paragraph of my link: "Adolf Hitler moved against the SA and its leader, Ernst Röhm, because he saw the independence of the SA and the penchant of its members for street violence as a direct threat to his newly gained political power. Hitler also wanted to conciliate leaders of the Reichswehr, the official German military who feared and despised the SA—in particular Röhm's ambition to absorb the Reichswehr into the SA under his own leadership. Additionally, Hitler was uncomfortable with Röhm's outspoken support for a "second revolution" to redistribute wealth."
May
11
comment What do Florence, Genoa, Milan and Venice have in common?
@FelixGoldberg: OK, took out reference to Guelphs.
May
9
comment Does any evidence exist that suggests Hitler’s primary reason for declaring war on America was an attempt to draw Japan into his war with Russia?
@kevinking: I like that book a lot, highly recommend it, found it in my public library.
May
5
comment Why, and how, did chain stores come into being?
@twosheds: The founders of large corporations (e.g. Alfred Sloan and Henry Ford) set the example and stage for early models in an "embryonic" way. But it was the World War II veterans that made things happen in large numbers and on a large scale. Sam Walton of WalMart was a World War Ii veteran. Henry Ford iI hired the veteran "whiz kids."
May
1
comment Before entering WW II, why was the US so against Japanese aggression in China but did nothing about Germany in Europe?
WInston Churchill would beg to disagree with the above objections. "If we fail, the whole world, including the United States, including all that we've know and cared for, will fall into the abyss of a New Dark Age."
Apr
30
comment What were the most common reasons why draft-age men were not conscripted for the Union Army?
@user69715: Somewhere between $50,000 and $100,000 in today's money.
Apr
29
comment Was slavery really on the way out in the antebellum USA?
Gail Jarvis is a woman and (I believe) the mother of Rebecca Jarvis of Trump's Apprentice 4.
Apr
28
comment Were naval mines an underutilized weapon in WW2?
As it stands, I would characterize this "question" as opinion-based. Not to mention being "bi-furcated."
Apr
28
comment What would be accurate illustrations of vikings and viking culture?
@TylerDurden: I did give a source for western Vikings, and postulated a theory about why it was hard to pin down eastern Vikings (other than Varangians), except through runic inscriptions.
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/…