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reviewed Leave Open Why was there a reference to the Battle of Hastings in Harper Lee's novel?
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comment When was the last time the Catholic Church excommunicated a government official for political reasons?
Membership in an organization devoted to atheism seems to be grounds for religious excommunication. It seems to be difficult to simultaneously profess the Catholic faith, the notion that religion is the opiate of the masses and mandatory atheism. So I'd classify that as a valid religious exception.
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reviewed No Action Needed What is the longest running legal case?
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reviewed Close Accidental wars
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reviewed Close System of Government where the Same Family Cannot Inherit
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comment System of Government where the Same Family Cannot Inherit
Is this a question about history, or about a counterfactual history? Are you trying to design something or are you analyzing a historical event?
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comment When was the last time the Catholic Church excommunicated a government official for political reasons?
This verges on the opinion based; how do you tell the difference between an excommunication on religious grounds and one that is on political grounds. I'm relatively certain that the Church would argue that all excommunications are for purely religious reasons. The two motivations are not empirically distinct.
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reviewed Reviewed Did a capital ship ever hit anything with a torpedo?
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revised Did a capital ship ever hit anything with a torpedo?
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comment Did a capital ship ever hit anything with a torpedo?
Sources & citations would improve this answer. Could you reference the recent naval paper?
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reviewed Close Illegal election or coup d'état that brought to the same result than a regular election would have
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reviewed No Action Needed Did the Soviets excel in one area of weaponry during World War II?
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reviewed No Action Needed Did the Soviets excel in one area of weaponry during World War II?
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comment What motivated revolutionary France to declare war on Britain in 1793?
While I recognize it applies to the reign of terror, I think it applies throughout the Revolution. I grant you it is a broad brush (a comment). But France's pre-emptive attacks were motivated by proto-securitization and French economic policy was based on conquest and looting. For all that people like to believe that the Revolution was full of noble souls, the truth is that they were pirates that would have starved to death if they didn't pillage their neighbors for money, food, soldiers, and fear.
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comment What motivated revolutionary France to declare war on Britain in 1793?
Revolutionary Zeal? Revolutionary France was a political ponzi scheme that could only survive by feeding the populist frenzy with more and more evidence that Revolutionary France was threatened on all sides. If opponents didn't exist, they must be manufactured. An early version of [securitization](en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Securitization_(international_relations) in which external opponents are substituted for bread and circuses and used to justify ever more extreme actions.
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comment Are the traditions of Ground Hog Day connected to those of Candlemas Day in Europe?
I think the answer to the question is found on the wikipedia page and the associated footnote. The first recorded occurrence of Ground Hog Day explicitly recognizes the European tradition and links it to Candlemas. VtC as trivial.
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revised How densely populated were the Americas prior to European colonization?
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comment To what extent was the US federal government reacting to, or promoting, the Civil Rights Movement?
I think the last two sentences address many of my earlier comments, so I've deleted those comments. (I still believe it is a design feature of the US government that "proactivity" is discouraged and/or impossible). I think you're asking how much of the civil rights movement was external to the government (activist groups) and how much was internal (leaders with an agenda). That is an interesting question - still fiendishly difficult, but I can draw an analogy to the anti-slavery campaigns during the administration of Pitt the Younger.
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reviewed No Action Needed Has there ever been a battle with only a single survivor?
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