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


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comment Was there human sacrifice in ancient Crete?
References please.
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comment How far away could one be and still see the atom bomb explosions?
Are you looking for the explosion (the flash), or the characteristic mushroom cloud?
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comment Why didn't Japanese infantrymen and samurai use shields?
This answer would be improved by references.
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comment What is the source of the claim that Enigma codebreaking efforts shortened the Second World War by years and saved millions of lives?
Granted - I will attempt to reverse my downvote. If you're really looking for the attribution, you may wish to edit your title to distance yourself from the lunatic fringe.
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comment What is the source of the claim that Enigma codebreaking efforts shortened the Second World War by years and saved millions of lives?
downvote
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comment Why did democracy emerge in what is now Greece?
Did they have a written constitution, or are you saying that each had distinct governance?
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comment What did the native Africans think of Karen Blixen?
"Africans" is not a useful unit for measuring opinions; there is a wide diversity of Africans with a wide diversity of opinions. Are you asking about the Kenyans, the Africans she met, or of some broad political class that spans the continent?
Mar
27
comment Looking for a people where the “traditional” gender roles are shifted
I'm going to vote to leave this closed. I'm skeptical of "somewhere I've heard..." questions because they tend to invite conspiracy theories, and I'm uncomfortable with questions that have too many undefined terms - I'm not confident that "masculine behavior" is a meaningful term across cultures and time. Consider Washington and Lafayette's letters, or the business acumen of Shia matriarchs.
Mar
26
comment What were John Profumo's responsibilities as the Secretary of State for War in Macmillan's government?
I was apparently more abrasive than I intended; I apologize and have deleted the comments.
Mar
26
comment Travelling by a Viking ship
Was there a difference between a "warship" and a trading ship? My impression was always that during times of plenty the ships traded and in times of scarcity, they raided. Did they have ships dedicated to war?
Mar
26
comment Why is there is a pan-slavic movement?
I am skeptical of your underlying assumption. Everywhere there is an ethnic identity, there is a moment to maximize that identity. There is no pan latin movement because "latin" is a linguistic phenomena, not an ethnic phenomena. I'm familiar with several pan-celtic idealists. France is the result of a pan-French movement through the vehicle of the French Revolution. Pan-Slavic just has better publicity.
Mar
24
comment How stable was the Middle East under Ottoman rule?
@Bregalad - thank you for the clarification; I was hesitant to edit the question until I understood why you had phrased it the way you did. I think that my most recent revision will address my problem without corrupting your question. If I'm wrong, please feel free to revert.
Mar
24
comment What happened with North African oil during the Second World War?
"from everything I have seen" - and Mr. Durden's comments make me wonder if this question is predicated on a mistaken understanding. Perhaps you could share with us the research you've done that leads you to believe that the North African campaign was about Middle Eastern oil?
Mar
24
comment How stable was the Middle East under Ottoman rule?
An acceptable level of criminality is one that doesn't call into question the legitimacy of the state; I think it is a legitimate part of the analysis. None of these criteria are going to have formal Key Performance Indicators, but criminality is, I believe, a recognized indicator of whether the state has effective control.
Mar
23
comment Did Akhenaten's religion influence early Judaism?
Freud is not known for the skill and subtlety of his historical methods.
Mar
23
comment authority books with description modern scientific theories about prehistory
I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because How to Ask states that requests for general reference sources are out of scope. Please revise the question to fit within the scope as defined in How to Ask
Mar
23
comment Why aren't there any Chinese colonies?
The question would benefit from a definition of colonies. Zhan he's great voyage created colonies in Malaysia (for a loose definition of colonies).
Mar
22
comment Did the proto-Indo-Europeans displace or overlay the pre-existing European tribes?
This answer would be better if it were supported by research.
Mar
22
comment Why was China not colonized by any country?
This question shows no research; it would be vastly improved by at least a simple effort to support the assertion that China was never a colony; several of the answers point out that this is unsupportable. I would prefer that H:SE emphasize questions based on research.
Mar
20
comment Why are there no photorealistic paintings from the old days?
Excellent answer that I wish I had the scholarship to write. Covers all the right themes.