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


1h
comment Why did Nebuchadnezzar keep King Jeconiah alive?
I believe this was common for the period. The Empire had already demonstrated the ability to conquer and had little interest in governance. The local King had demonstrated ability to govern and demonstrated inability to resist the empire. Hostages ensure the puppet's cooperation.
1h
comment When did the socialist movement start becoming noteworthy in Russian history?
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_socialism#Russia
2d
comment Why did Hitler attack the Soviet Union when he was still busy fighting the United Kingdom?
The best answers in H:SE are supported by research and by historical sources and methods. We're looking for answers, not opinions. The Help center contains other hints on how to write a well received answer.
2d
comment Individual mobility in Greco-Roman world
The roads were primarily for military advantage, not a public service.
Jul
27
comment Why didn't Hercules bring his family back from the underworld
I believe the help center specifies that questions about mythology are out of scope.
Jul
26
comment When was the first national anthem?
Don't worry about it. While I may have felt the question could be improved, it generated answers, and those were sufficiently interesting that I commented. Answers and learning are more important than my notions of question quality.
Jul
25
comment When was the first national anthem?
One could argue that "God Save the King" is about the monarch, not the country (particularly since it is associated with the Restoration). As such, it might not qualify as a National anthem.
Jul
25
comment When was the first national anthem?
I'm struck by the tension between the two themes you mention. Sure it mentions the Fatherland, but on the other hand, it really supported something that they hoped would be a transnational revolutionary movement, and focused on opposition to monarchy. Was it patriotic, or was it ideological/propaganda? The text is more about filling the irrigation ditches with blood than about the glories of France.
Jul
25
comment Individual mobility in Greco-Roman world
Excellent point @oldcat, but I think OP was specifically concerned with inter-urban travel. Between cities the prohibitions against daylight carts weren't relevant, and there were fewer clients to see/be see with.
Jul
25
comment When was the first national anthem?
fails the preliminary research test; bulk of the answer is in wikipedia
Jul
25
comment What was the hippie movement? Why did it decline?
Fails the preliminary research test
Jul
24
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.
Jul
24
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).
Jul
24
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.
Jul
23
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.
Jul
23
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.
Jul
23
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.
Jul
22
comment Did the Germans purposefully arrange to send Lenin to Russia to start a revolution?
Finance is available at HistoryForum
Jul
22
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.
Jul
22
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