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comment How many warriors (troops) did feudal vassals have to provide to the king?
Which kingdom? Which era? Which vassal? There was no single standard.
2h
comment Country/Area joins war after claiming neutral then attacking
I find @CGCampbell's argument persuasive; on the other hand, if we re-open the question we'll have another list question with seventy seven answers and people arguing over whether Planet X fits because they were a member of the trade federation with a policy of neutrality.... The problem is the question doesn't have an answer, it has too many answers to count.
3h
comment Cape Of good hope consequences
I'm not sure how the discovery of a geographic feature in Southern Africa would affect the Mamluk sultanate. Did the Mamluks even claim the Southern peninsula of Africa?
4h
comment Cape Of good hope consequences
I'm not sure what you're asking.
1d
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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comment Are there similarities between Hitlers ``Enabling act`` and the ``Patriot Act``?
@T.E.D. The Alienation and Sedition acts come to mind. As does most of the WPA.
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comment Are there similarities between Hitlers ``Enabling act`` and the ``Patriot Act``?
This reads like a political argument and an opinion solicitation rather than a question about history.
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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.
1d
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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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.
2d
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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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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comment Did the Soviets excel in one area of weaponry during World War II?
If H:SE were merely a place for people to post keywords that we could type into google, then I wouldn't bother to participate. The H:SE community standards make it clear this is a research site, not an opinion/discussion forum. I posted my comment because the answer popped up in my review queue asking whether the comment should be deleted; it seemed courteous to me to explain my vote. I shall now return to my prior position that courtesy is folly and no vote should ever be justified.
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comment What did the Allied WW1 propaganda for the Germans say?
I'm skeptical of your assumption. Hitler could have been referring to propaganda like, "Liberal Democracy is a good thing." and "Individuals have rights independent of the state." or "War is bad for children and other living things." No evidence, just a devil's advocate.
2d
comment Illegal election or coup d'état that brought to the same result than a regular election would have
Watergate is commonly accepted to be interference in an election that the President would have won in any case.
2d
comment Did the Soviets excel in one area of weaponry during World War II?
If evidence had been supplied, I would consider this an answer. In the absence of any evidence, it is merely an (interesting) comment.
Feb
2
comment Was prostitution legal in Israel during the reign of Solomon?
The question is weakened by the phrase "Most .... Christians would argue... " historical analysis is be valid without regard to the religion of the person presenting the argument. I think the answer is far less controversial than you present; today prostitution is illegal but common. I suspect that in whichever period of the history of Israel you're analyzing the same is true.
Feb
1
comment Could a citizen in Nazi Germany sue the government or doctors over the eugenics program?
I'm not sure that Nuremberg is relevant to the question. OP asks about a suit brought against the Nazi state by someone living in the Nazi state. The Nazi state would have not recognized the authority of the Nuremberg trials.