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Mar
4
comment When did migration and international travel become legally limited?
@Bregalad Hmm, that makes me wonder when Europe became a significant destination for migrants, and when it became a net destination for migrants. I believe the latter didn't happen until well after WW II, but I could be wrong. It's a different question, though.
Mar
4
comment When did migration and international travel become legally limited?
@Bregalad I mean that today, Europe is mostly more peaceful and has less poverty than Africa or the Middle East, which drives migration. In the past, Europe had frequent wars and large populations living in poverty, so moving to Europe was not an effective way to escape either war or poverty. I'm not sure if that's accurate, though.
Mar
3
comment When did migration and international travel become legally limited?
That must have been a long wait!
Mar
3
comment When did migration and international travel become legally limited?
I thought the Great Wall was just to stop / slow down looting, which is not really the same as stopping visitors or migrants.
Mar
3
comment When did migration and international travel become legally limited?
@Bregalad As we speak, many people from the Middle East are pretty much walking to northern Europe. So I'm not convinced that it can have been so expensive. But perhaps there was less reason to migrate, as Europe was as poor and war-torn as the rest of the world?
Mar
3
comment When did migration and international travel become legally limited?
I suppose this has generally stepped up along with increased mobility that came with steamships, trains, and later airplanes, at increasingly lower costs. But that is speculation.
Feb
22
comment Why didn't the USA move to the left after WWII?
@Malvolio I wouldn't personally describe Stalinist Soviet Union as left-wing either. I think the whole story of labelling historical regimes as left or right is not very fruitful. It's not one-dimensional at all.
Feb
22
comment Why didn't the USA move to the left after WWII?
Outlawing trade unions, banning strikes, and allying with big business has nothing to do with leaning left.
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?