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Jan
19
comment Has there ever been a battle with only a single survivor?
Do horses count?
Jan
4
comment Why does the United States keep using “old” date representations and imperial system, while being in the minority?
@O.R.Mapper It does. It took me some getting used to that my address in Canada was 1704-23 [street], which meant apartment 1704, building 23. I believe the US Postal Service recommends the same.
Nov
13
comment How did the KPD relate to the German state during the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact?
Very interesting answer!
Nov
11
comment Communist resistance groups in the Nazi German military
Into the 1990s is somewhat exaggerated, see Eurocommunism, plus some communist parties were aligned with China rather than the Soviet Union.
Sep
30
comment Why does Europe have so few skyscrapers compared to East Asia?
There's nothing socialist about zoning laws, and conservatives have held more power more frequently in western Europe, than socialists.
Sep
7
comment When did the hypocrisy to call a dictatorship “free, democratic, republic etc.” start?
There's also the Democatric Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe and the People's Republic of Bangladesh. And of course the People's Republic of Boulder, Colorado, USA ;-).
Aug
25
comment Korean DMZ Soldiers
@FelixGoldberg Unless it's winter. Not a single tourist is wearing shorts.
Aug
17
comment What were the 52 kinds of victims persecuted by the Nazis?
I wonder what was meant by “Häftling Ia” (inmate Ia).
Nov
5
comment What was the first Solar Eclipse that was demonstrably predicted in advance?
See also the (upcoming) History of Science&Math site.
Jun
20
comment Why didn't Britain's nuclear weapons deter Argentina from invading the Falklands?
This question inspired this question on Skeptics.
Jun
20
comment Why didn't Britain's nuclear weapons deter Argentina from invading the Falklands?
All the political parties in parliament support this policy. This is false. The Green Party is committed to pursuing immediate and unconditional nuclear disarmament., this party represents Brighton Pavilion.
Mar
18
comment Why does the United States keep using “old” date representations and imperial system, while being in the minority?
Corollary: Why is it standard in many European countries to write "street, no., town" (middle-endian), whereas the American way "no., street., town" makes more sense?
Mar
18
comment Why does the United States keep using “old” date representations and imperial system, while being in the minority?
On the other hand, Americans write address as "no., street, town", whereas in many European countries it's "street, no., town". So in this case, the Americans have the more consistent (little-endian) notations, whereas Europeans do middle-endian!
Aug
5
comment Were East Germans more acquiescent to Soviet domination than the rest of Eastern Europe and if so, why?
@jwenting I never meant to imply that. After WW II, Germany got divided, US occupied their part and Soviets theirs and later the relative occupied parts both turned into nominally independent countries. One can debate how it was in practice, but de jure the FDR was an independent country with US soldiers present with government permission, and the GDR was an independent country with SU soldiers present with government permission. Of course in practice independence was limited, but I think the situation in the GDR 1955–1990 was not strictly speaking an occupation.
Aug
5
comment Were East Germans more acquiescent to Soviet domination than the rest of Eastern Europe and if so, why?
@jwenting My point is if the presence of foreign soldiers does not define an occupation. The GDR government probably also officially welcomed the Soviet soldiers, so then it boils down to the subjective judgement how legitimate a government is.
Aug
4
comment Were East Germans more acquiescent to Soviet domination than the rest of Eastern Europe and if so, why?
Soviet troops left East Germany, American troops however are still in West Germany.
Aug
4
comment Were East Germans more acquiescent to Soviet domination than the rest of Eastern Europe and if so, why?
I don't think Soviet occupation is accurate. Unlike the Baltic States, East Germany was a satellite state, not a country occupied by the Soviet Union. In theory, it was independent. Of course, the Soviet Union would intervene should it choose to stray too far from communism; but then again, so would (and did) the USA in its "backyard" in South America.
Jul
29
comment How long did it take for a diplomat to travel between Berlin and Vienna in the 1770's?
Re the saxon mile; the Scandivian mile to date is 10 km.
Feb
28
comment What was the situation of homosexuals in the early Soviet Union?
So the words and cultural attitudes change. What I mean is what the attitudes were toward individuals who feel sexually attracted to other individuals of the same sex.
Feb
28
comment What was the situation of homosexuals in the early Soviet Union?
@SamuelRussell Why are my terms anachronisms? Homosexuality has always existed so the question about the societal attitudes toward homosexuality is not limited to any particular time, region, or culture.