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comment Why did the Soviet Union close its borders and restricted travel abroad?
The answer is that if you let them out they would never come back. Communism relied on the myth that the West was poorer than Communist countries; once the inhabitants saw that the middle class was unfathomably wealthier than the Soviet union, that myth could never recover. Check the history of the German wall for sources & background.
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reviewed Leave Open How common was banditry in 16th & 17th Great Britain and Ireland?
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comment What was the general attitude of people in states without anti-miscegenation laws toward interracial marriage?
I love answers with statistics and graphics. Well done.
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comment How did Greece go from a country of intellectuals to failure?
Lots of opinions with no evidence, and contradicts everything else known about the situation.
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comment How did Greece go from a country of intellectuals to failure?
This question is imprecise, judgmental and far too broad. If you're seriously interested, you might read Fukayama's Political Order and Decay, but the question reads like a solicitation for political discussion rather than a serious question about history.
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reviewed Close Good books on al-Andalus (Iberic Peninsula) history?
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comment Good books on al-Andalus (Iberic Peninsula) history?
I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because requests for references are out of scope for H:SE. See discussion on Meta.history.stackexchange.com
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comment Is Yam also known as Nubia?
Source? Where did this come from?
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comment Good books on al-Andalus (Iberic Peninsula) history?
Requests for reference are out of scope, unless they are requests for canonical resources. Are there canonical references on Linguistic or musical evolution?
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reviewed No Action Needed Did Sun Tzu's “Art of War” influence Napoleon's philosophy of war and strategy?
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revised Did Sun Tzu's “Art of War” influence Napoleon's philosophy of war and strategy?
wikified and attributed reference; makes it slightly easier to read.
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comment Why and how were east Brandenburg, Pomerania and Silesia taken away from Germany after WW2?
I think that it is inappropriate to make jocular references to the Protocols of the Elders of Zion. Not everyone is aware that the book is offensive, nor that it has been used to justify reprehensible behavior.
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comment Why and how were east Brandenburg, Pomerania and Silesia taken away from Germany after WW2?
Please provide references/citations when you accuse people of criminal behavior (ethnic cleansing). This is just a block of opinion.
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comment American Indian culture
@Charlene, if your teacher assigned you a big packet on American Indian history, then I think that teacher ought to go do the research. No legitimate instructor should refer to "American Indian culture".
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reviewed Approve Why and how were east Brandenburg, Pomerania and Silesia taken away from Germany after WW2?
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comment Why was Germany unified in Versailles not Berlin?
Years since I researched this, but my recollection is that Kaiser WIlhelm was proclaimed Emperor of the Germans after he won enough victories. He happened to be in France at the time, after concluding the conquest of Elsass-Luringen. The ceremony wasn't to honor the Prussian King; the ceremony was to recognize that he had completed his goal of becoming Emperor of the Germans; the only thing required for that is the Emperor of the Germans.
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comment American Indian culture
@CGCampbell It would be misleading to say "they had buffalo", because the Northeast and Northwest and Southeast never saw buffalo. I'm not current on the accuracy of "plenty of food", but the last time I studied the topic, we believed that the population was constrained by food supply (& technology). One can speak of "European" culture and discuss similarities between Lithuanians and Portuguese, Turks and Scots, but I think it is misleading.
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comment American Indian culture
There is no unified American Indian Culture. There are hundreds of different American Indian Nations, each with their own culture; each culture will also change over time? Are you talking today? 1700? 1400? Southwest? Northeasts? Plains? Woodlands? Swamps? Agricultural? hunter gatherer? If you want to ace the school project, I'd start with one culture - for example the Cahokia
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comment Why was the the sack of cities acceptable?
I'm not sure that the question has any meaning. Why is any custom or norm acceptable? Different people and different times have different cultures; each culture finds its own customs acceptable, and finds the customs of other cultures alien. Sacking & pillage was normal through most of human history.