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Dec
25
comment Was Alexander the Great ever an emperor?
As ruler of the Persian empire he was "King of Kings", but he was more than this as he had previously taken the Egyptian empire where he was proclaimed "master of the Universe"
Dec
22
comment Why was Britain willing to return Hong Kong but not Gibraltar?
The story is that Margaret Thatcher was walked down Boundary Street and asked how it might be defended as a new frontier against the biggest country in the world.
Nov
23
answered Did the British government oppose racial segregation in South Africa from 1815-1931?
Nov
20
awarded  Revival
Nov
20
comment Clauses against unifications in peace treaties
See for example heraldica.org/topics/france/utrecht1a.pdf - my quote appears on page 39 of the pdf i.e. page 377 of the book it is scanned from: Chalmers, George, A collection of treaties between Great Britain and other powers.
Nov
20
answered Clauses against unifications in peace treaties
Nov
11
comment Why was the number of U.S. Representatives limited?
The British House of Commons chamber has seats for 427 of the 650 Members of Parliament. Most of the time they do not all turn up at the same moment except to vote and that does not require sitting down.
Nov
9
comment Marbury vs Madison, what about other midnight judges?
You can read the ruling at caselaw.lp.findlaw.com/scripts/… though the key point is that he/they ruled that Section 13 of the Judiciary Act passed by Congress in 1789, which authorized the Supreme Court to issue such a writ of mandamus, was unconstitutional as it extended the powers of the Court beyond those specified in the Constitution.
Nov
9
answered Marbury vs Madison, what about other midnight judges?
Oct
11
awarded  Yearling
Oct
3
comment US Army stations in France during World war 2
Équemauville (near Honfleur and Le Havre) would have been in the British/Canadian area of operations in August 1944, while Équeurdreville (near Cherbourg) would have been in the US area. It may also depend on timing
Oct
2
awarded  Enlightened
Oct
2
awarded  Nice Answer
Aug
8
awarded  Nice Answer
Aug
3
comment Did Mao want to convert written Chinese into an alphabetical system?
@T.E.D.: One such source would be Pao-chien Tseng's China chapter of "Language Policy and National Unity" (1985) edited by William R. Beer and James E. Jacob ISBN 978-0865980587 but there are many others
Aug
3
answered Did Mao want to convert written Chinese into an alphabetical system?
Jul
31
comment Why did the the East-Pakistanis oppose Urdu as their national language while Indians accepted Hindi as theirs?
Begali is the majority language in Bangladesh and West Bengal and is mutually intelligible across the India-Bangladesh border (like Punjabi across the India-Pakistan border). Sylheti has a different vocabulary, phonology and (until 1971) script. The lack of mutual intelligibility has been particularly noted in areas of Sylheti migration such as the east-end of London, especially among older migrants.
Jul
31
comment Why did the the East-Pakistanis oppose Urdu as their national language while Indians accepted Hindi as theirs?
Sylheti and the others are in fact different languages to Bengali (though with a common ancestry). They are regarded as dialects for political reasons: if one of the reasons for the existence of Bangladesh was the use of Bengali, then it is convenient to believe that the other languages used in Bangladesh are types of Bengali.
Jul
9
comment Why do some countries call Germany “Alman” too?
It is worth noting that while Italian uses Germania for the country, it uses tedesco (cognate with deutch) as the adjective and for a German person. Meanwhile English uses Dutch as the adjective for a neighbouring country.
Jul
1
awarded  Custodian