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


Dec
4
reviewed No Action Needed When were swords last used in European warfare?
Dec
4
reviewed No Action Needed Detailed dimensions of the Colosseum
Dec
3
comment Did the division between East and West Germany coincide with cultural boundaries?
The question presumes that there are existing cultural differences; please substantiate this. Please demonstrate preliminary research.
Dec
3
reviewed Leave Closed How many people would accuse someone during the Salem witch trials?
Dec
3
revised How many Samurai killed themselves?
Removed discursive distractors.
Dec
3
comment How many Samurai killed themselves?
This question demonstrates no preliminary research. The first question "I'm curious if...." invites the kind of freeform essays that have been offered in response.
Dec
3
reviewed Close Did the division between East and West Germany coincide with cultural boundaries?
Dec
2
comment Why did the Italians (and to some extent Jewish & Irish) dominate organized crime in the US in the 20th century?
Someone had to? WASPS occupied legitimate authority; organized crime is probably subject to a network effect (large actors push out smaller), extra-legal enterprises benefit from the loyalty associated with ethnic groups. Can anyone suggest an test case - a disenfranchised, but ethnically homogeneous, but pervasive and tight knit group that did not turn to crime>
Dec
2
comment Did anyone in ancient times want to abolish slavery?
Their testimony could not be accepted without torture; they were subject to retribution killing (if the master is killed a slave, all slaves on all estates, including those who had never met the murderer were killed). They could be bought and sold. They could not enter into contracts. Fundamentally they didn't have civil rights. It doesn't matter how well appointed the cage is, a cage is still a cage, and civil rights are still civil rights.
Dec
2
reviewed Close Are modern Greeks related to the ancient Greeks?
Dec
2
comment Why did the US pay money to the losers, at the end of both barbary wars?
Also remember that the Democratic-Republican party position was that Republics did not engage in warfare. Implicit in Jefferson's behavior was the notion that setting or maintaining a budget was a crass act unworthy of a gentleman. Peace and the elimination of a standing military may have been a higher priority than money.
Dec
2
reviewed Leave Open Sieges: Average Attacker to Defender Ratio in Middle Ages
Dec
2
comment Sieges: Average Attacker to Defender Ratio in Middle Ages
I'm afraid that I think this is a bad example of the source request question. There is every likelyhood that (a) the "best" source is a matter of opinion and (b) new research will result in new authoritative sources. I recommend deleting the source request and leaving the question open; I think the question is imprecise, but the answers will be useful.
Dec
2
reviewed Leave Open Why did the US pay money to the losers, at the end of both barbary wars?
Dec
1
reviewed Approve How did the Nazis plan to “defeat” America during World War II?
Dec
1
reviewed Reviewed Does the forearm grip/handshake have a historical basis?
Nov
30
reviewed Leave Closed Did liberalism in the USA degenerate into something more totalitarian than liberal?
Nov
30
reviewed Leave Open What is the meaning of people “looking elsewhere” on medieval paintings?
Nov
29
reviewed Close Who really controls the area behind the Sahara wall
Nov
29
reviewed Close Why did J. Edgar Hoover publicly deny the existence of the Mafia for so long?