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Apr
25
comment Why did Switzerland not grant votes to women until 1971?
Switzerland granted votes to women at the Federal Level in 1971, even in Appenzell Innerhoden. It was in local matters where Appenzell Innerhoden kept the restriction longer (it also took all important local decisions in Landsgemeinde - a public open meeting where voting was not secret and voters had to carry a sword)
Feb
26
comment Was the impeachment trial of Andrew Johnson a “media circus”?
Tickets can still reach a high price now: see lelands.com/auction/AuctionDetail/20828/December-2004/Americana/…
Feb
25
comment Names in England during the Tudor period
It is well known that many of the leading associates of Henry VIII and his English wives were called Thomas, even when they came from different families. A few of those in this series include Wolsey, More, Cromwell, Cranmer, Boleyn, Seymour, and Howard (but not Parr), as well as others such as Culpeper, Darcy, Tallis, Wyatt and Wriothesley. These were all historical, with the first four being the leading non-royal individuals of Henry's reign. The coincidence of their given names had nothing to do with families or scripting of a TV series.
Feb
25
comment When did it become common for optical brighteners to be added to commercial laundry detergent?
iiconservation.org/node/2144 might be of interest
Feb
25
comment Is this list a complete list of US Jewish servicemen in WWII?
That list apparently only aims to include includes those who fell in action, and does not claim to be complete
Feb
14
comment Did the Vikings ever encounter the Celts or Pichs in the middle ages
The death of Constantine I of the Picts in 877 is one of several examples of Viking battles against the Picts. There is a complication that much of the Viking activity was on the west coast, which had previously been conquered by the Scots invading from Ireland.
Dec
15
comment What did English people really say when knighting someone?
The final three paragraphs of that page seem to suggest that the Queen does not say anything, and just lays a sword blade on the kneeling knight's right and then left shoulder.
Dec
2
comment Why did the Protestants in Ireland in the 1800s not want Home Rule?
... Ironically, an accident of history led to Home Rule in Northern Ireland from 1921 and the Unionists exploited this for Protestant dominance. They broke from the British Conservatives only in the early 1970s when increasing disorder led to abolition of Home Rule and the imposition of direct rule from London.
Dec
2
comment Why did the Protestants in Ireland in the 1800s not want Home Rule?
... Some Ulster protestants rebelled against British rule as the Society of United Irishmen in 1798. Others opposed political union with Great Britain in 1800/01 out of concern it would lead to Irish Catholic Emancipation, as it eventually did in 1829. The Unionists, especially in Ulster, did oppose Home Rule in the 19th and early 20th century because of their fears that it would lead to Catholic dominance....
Dec
2
comment Why did the Protestants in Ireland in the 1800s not want Home Rule?
This is superficial on so many levels. There were "problems" before 1607, which led to the Tudor reconquest of Ireland. There were plantations elsewhere in Ireland before there were in Ulster, including those from the catholic Queen Mary. Cromwell's war in Ireland was targeted as much against Anglican Royalists and Presbyterian Scots who were a threat to his rule in England as it was against Catholic Irish. The Battle of the Boyne was part of a greater European Nine Years War, with the Pope supporting William of Orange against France and James....
Oct
20
comment Who are the WWII German Officers in this picture?
The modern view of this location
Oct
11
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Sep
17
comment Were the Huns and Mongols at one point rivals?
@Greg: They probably did not - that looks more like an assumed linguistic area (including the ancestors of modern Hungarian - not related to the Huns) which probably would have been split into small groups like the Germanic speakers, but with no written records to indicate what was where.
Aug
24
answered Dictators who came back through elections?
Jul
4
comment After the fall of Constantinople, were the Christians who lived in the Ottoman Empire treated fairly?
Dev┼čirme or blood tribute involved kidnapping young Christian boys, forcibly converting them to Islam and then enrolling them in the Janissary military or in Ottoman administration.
Jun
15
answered What is the labelling system for artefacts?
Jun
15
comment Were there any Chinese expeditions to explore the world? If not, why not?
It depends what you mean by "of that region" and when. It is generally thought that the Austronesians started in Taiwan (or perhaps Malaya), eventually reaching Hawaii, Easter Island and New Zealand across the Pacific, and Madagascar across the Indian Ocean.
May
27
answered Why are the Rohingya not recognized in Myanmar (Burma), amongst the other 135 ethnic groups?
May
22
comment What were the conditions of joining or leaving the Holy Roman Empire?
The previous line to your quote was "Although the Emperor was lord of the world, the French king was not subject to him in law or in fact" which describes the position where the Holy Roman Emperor only had power where he had the force of arms.
May
6
comment Why didn't “Europe” support the Byzantine Empire against the Turks?
A key point was that the European Christian land forces had lost both the 1444 Battle of Varna and the 1448 Battle of Kosovo and so could not reach a Constantinople which had destroyed itself and its resources in four civil wars in the 14th century, even after the 1261 reconquest of the city from the Latins.