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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
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.
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
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
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.
May
5
comment Did the rebels in the War of American Independence acknowledge the English Civil War rebels as an influence on their thinking?
They were more likely to point to the Glorious Revolution and the English Bill of Rights several decades after the English Commonwealth
Jan
29
comment Are former British colonies better off now compared to other colonies and why
I think it is difficult to argue Singapore had an established economy before the British got there in any substantial sense. Under British rule its population jumped from 1,000 in 1819 to 10,000 in 1825 to 100,000 in 1869.
Jan
27
comment Why did the Moors invade the Iberian peninsula?
It does seem that the Muslim conquest of Iberia started with a raid that was unexpectedly successful.
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
20
comment What are some examples of 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
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.
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
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