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comment Why weren't North American Indians enslaved?
We should probably discuss on meta the advisability of "Why weren't..." "why didn't..." questions. They are technically counterfactuals, but I think they are legitimate history questions. This is not a criticism of this question, just a request for a meta-discussion to obtain clarity.
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comment Why did wheat become the dominant food culture?
I'm not sure this is a history question.
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comment What region(s) of the country supported President Madison's reelection during the War of 1812?
Please demonstrate prior research .
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comment Info about frigates crossing the Atlantic in 1650.
Note that in Naval parlance, there is no difference between "ladders" and "stairs". If there are no stairs, I'm not sure how you get abovedeck (you could presumably jump down).
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comment How did Helen Keller learn to distinguishing between colors?
Unless there is evidence that Ms. Keller learned to recognize colors, then this question is spurious. I'm also not sure this is a question where historical methods are helpful; it may not be in scope for this forum.
May
18
comment What was housing like in early Medieval Scotland?
prima facia the answer will differ from Norway to Southern Spain and from Scotland to Turkey. The answer will be different in the Swiss Alps than in the Netherlands. The answer will vary with the available materials, soils, and cultures.
May
18
comment Were crossbows used by the Japanese?
The site that @Axelrod references is pretty cool; I'm always skeptical of discussion boards, but this seems quite useful. Does anyone have any information about credibility? is Karl Friday a well known scholar?
May
18
comment Why was East Asia more religiously tolerant than Europe in medieval time?
This is an opinion, which is excellent in the context of a pub discussion, but lacks the scholarship and references that define a really good H:SE answer.
May
18
comment Was the money requested by the French for the XYZ affair really a bribe?
If the French were asking for payment on defaulted loans, then why did they keep it secret? Bribes are paid under the table; loan payments are above the table.
May
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comment Was the money requested by the French for the XYZ affair really a bribe?
Why did I downvote. This fails the preliminary research test. What research have you done to explore the question? Have you checked google or wikipedia for the answer to the questions in paragraph 4? How to Ask says H:SE should supplement wikipedia, not replace it.
May
16
comment Why have some territorial annexations been rejected by the international community?
We've closed the question, but I'm confident that the answer would include as a factor a broad range of stakeholders who support or don't care about the annexation; that will never exist for Israel. Israel's actions are better evaluated through politics than history.
May
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comment Why have some territorial annexations been rejected by the international community?
@Bregalad That assertion would come as a great surprise to the participants of the Congress of Vienna (which adjudicated territorial annexations) or the Treaty of Westphalia, or the history of China and Korea, or MesoAmerica, or the kindgom of Meroe or the Assyrian Empire, or the Romans, or....
May
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comment Why have some territorial annexations been rejected by the international community?
Specific examples have, in the past, generated bad questions; it is difficult to tell when an example question has been answered. I would suggest that you focus on the criteria which cause a specific international community to accept territorial annexations.
May
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comment Why have some territorial annexations been rejected by the international community?
I see two problems. 1) there are too many discussion/politics questions - I suggest you concentrate on the bold question and edit down to the minimum. 2) the conditions change over time. Assyria, Rome, Mesoamerica, historical China, all have different circumstances for accepting annexations. Can you narrow this to something that is less than a PhD scope?
May
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comment How close to the “free zone” did slaves get (excluding escapees and those with owner permission to go there (i.e. temporarily, just passing through))?
There are two assumptions here that need examination. If my family has owned property for 100 years and part of that property is land and part is a slave, then I don't care who is across the river/state line/whatever. We all know they have strange laws over there. The second is that the Southern lifestyle, customs and laws were crystal clear that slaves were property, just like an axe handle. If I leave my axe handle or my slave next door at the neighbors, then my neighbor is legally obliged to return my property to me, or be in receipt of stolen goods. I don't agree with the system.
May
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comment What were the reasons that the British colonies in North America rebelled but not others?
Land; people moved to America in the hopes of gaining land. The Crown forbid settlement across the Ohio, which denied the colonists their hope. Canada didn't have the restriction and there wasn't enough more land in Jamaica. Also remember that the British "Empire" effectively begins with the seven years war, so there aren't that many other colonies.
May
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comment How close to the “free zone” did slaves get (excluding escapees and those with owner permission to go there (i.e. temporarily, just passing through))?
I'm not sure that I understand your definition of a "servant" distinct from a slave. A slave could stand on free soil and still be chattell (See "The Black Count" for some interesting French examples. Sally Hemings travelled the world with Jefferson and remained chattel. I don't think that H:SE should discuss "psychological profile", or "it must have been..." - these are techniques that are more appropriate to discussion than to Question and answer.
May
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comment How did messages in art, entertainment, etc. influence perception of Canada?
Very difficult to prove "influence" in the general case; easy to offer an opinion, but difficult to demonstrate.
May
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comment Historical Death Toll due to Disease
Could we rephrase the question to emphasize methods? This is a good history question phrased in a way that seems to violate the rules. (I think it may be an XY question. What about "How could I design a study to compare death due to pestilence over specific time periods?"
May
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comment Is this character based on a real person?
I don't think that this is a question about history, but I think it is possible that historical sources & methods could help answer the question. I'm inclined to give the question the benefit of the doubt and leave it open.