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I'm currently studying Aikido and Taiji. I'm informally studying jo and bokken.


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comment What does the King know about the People?
One could argue that in every case where an elected politician runs but is not re-elected, then the leader has erroneously estimated the populace.
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comment What was the official attitude to Cromwell after the Glorious Revolution?
Excellent comment; in the Jacobean Autocracy, there was an official position, determined passively by the monarch. But in Constitutional England, the Monarch at the very least shared power with Parliament, which explicitly included a diversity of opinions. IIRC Anne was told explicitly by Parliament that her opinion on legislation was not welcome; her assent was required, not her opinion. MP's continued to agitate for a Republic well into the reign of Victoria. Were their opinions "official"? (yes, I should have sources; I will eat the crow).
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comment What was the official attitude to Cromwell after the Glorious Revolution?
I don't think the answer changes... Different people (within the government and without) had different opinions. For as much as I sound dismissive, I'm not really; you've got your finger on one of the really fascinating themes of the period; the presence of diversity of opinion within a constitutional state. I believe (no evidence, just observation) that from that time to the present day there is a faction that wants to return to Cromwell's republic, and a faction that opposes it as the errant nonsense it is.
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answered What was the official attitude to Cromwell after the Glorious Revolution?
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reviewed Reviewed Counterfactual reasoning and analogical reasoning
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reviewed Close Which country traces its roots back to the oldest civilization?
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reviewed Close Why didn't Native (North) Americans ever advance their civilization?
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reviewed Leave Open German Fighters provided to Spanish Nationalists
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reviewed Close Was Marine Corps B. Gen. Evans Fordyce Carlson — leader of the Carlson Raiders — suspected of being a communist?
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reviewed Close Did the 1962 comedy album about JFK impact the presidency or US prestige abroad?
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reviewed No Action Needed Which country traces its roots back to the oldest civilization?
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comment Did the Germans purposefully arrange to send Lenin to Russia to start a revolution?
CAVEAT: I want to prepare to eat some crow; Mr. James' questions are generally interesting. The preliminary research test is intended to screen out questions that are far inferior to his. I don't want to carry out an extended discussion of this topic in comments, (and I can't get to chat), but I want to publicly recognize that Mr. James' questions imply research; I think they'd be superior questions if they showed research. I admit that I would have been clearer if I'd said that rather than what I did.
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comment Did the Germans purposefully arrange to send Lenin to Russia to start a revolution?
1) Churchill wrote that in 1957, not 1917. (2) I applaud skepticism of the History Channel, but I expect questions to demonstrate preliminary research. In my opinion, if I submit the search to google, and the answer is on the first page of results, then the question is borderline trivial.
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comment Did the Germans purposefully arrange to send Lenin to Russia to start a revolution?
This does not provide an answer to the question. To critique or request clarification from an author, leave a comment below their post.
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comment How was Hitler able to rearm?
I never intended a personal attack. If that's the way it came across, then I'll delete it and switch to decaf.
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comment Did the Germans purposefully arrange to send Lenin to Russia to start a revolution?
Finance is available at HistoryForum
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comment Did the Germans purposefully arrange to send Lenin to Russia to start a revolution?
Fails the preliminary research test - google search reveals Churchill said so, wikipedia. Suggest you refine the question.
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comment After the fall of Constantinople was there a re-evaluation of the basis of Russia's religion?
I'm relatively confident that Vladimir the Great did not re-evaluate his decision in 1453
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comment How did Farragut know he could get his fleet through the Confederate line of “torpedos” at Mobile Bay?
I think you've got a false dichotomy here; there is a big gap between "a suicide mission" and "knowledge of the outcome". Commanders take risks, and military forces take losses to achieve mission goals.
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reviewed Reviewed How many unarmed did Che Guevara kill personally or by order?