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


8h
comment What was character of Chmielnitski's rise?
Please modify your question to include the clarifications in your comments on the answer. The goal is to create a Q&A that is of general reference use.
8h
comment What is the most interesting research topic on Postwar Japan?
H:SE should not be used for opinion based questions; questions and answers should be of interest to the wider population. It is also courteous to include wiki references to foreign, specialized and obscure words.
10h
comment What was character of Chmielnitski's rise?
Who? It is very useful to link proper nouns to some source for those of us who aren't immediately familiar with the individual. H:SE should be a learning resource for all of us, not just for the person asking the question. It would also be useful to summarize the conflict a bit more clearly than you've done here.
1d
comment Horses.. goats… evolution
I think you should check wikipedia first.
1d
comment US Congress in WW2 Compared with other legislative bodies
I think it is illogical to compare a liberal democracy like the USA with the fascist regimes of the axis powers - very different concepts of the role of government, let alone the role of government in wartime. Did you do any research prior to asking the question?
2d
comment Could a nobleman's land be enclosed within another noble's land?
I believe that there are several channel islands that until very recently were the personal holdings of the Queen - they are quite proud of the fact that they are not part of England. They were forced to give up their feudal relationship to the Queen by European Union laws that prohibited vassalage. So yes, the crown could and did hold lands that were not enfeoffed.
2d
comment Why did the US government try to 'normalize' the idea of the atomic bomb for Americans?
If that is what is intended, then there should be a link to evidence that the US tried to do such a thing. When did the US do this? To which audience? Why would it be unnatural to have a weapon? (some people might argue that atomic weapons are immoral, but it would be difficult to argue that fission is "unnatural".)
2d
comment How was whiskey made in the 1800's?
You could blame me, or you could roll back the edit, or you could clarify the question.
2d
comment Which undeciphered writing system has the largest corpus of text?
Good answer - sources & references would make it an excellent answer and worthy of an upvote.
Apr
15
comment How did IKEA design evolve?
Discussion in meta I respectfully ask that a mod remove all the comments that should be addressed to the meta conversation.
Apr
15
comment How did IKEA design evolve?
The question gets periodically re-examined in meta; if you desire to change it, I think that is the right place to start. I think this question could be within scope with relatively minor edits; I will make an attempt.
Apr
15
comment Do more Britons than Americans profess Christianity?
I think @fdb has made some points that I had intended to make. I might have phrased some things differently, but modernity and religion are in tension, and that tension eats away at faith. They aren't incompatible, but that tension needs to be addressed.
Apr
14
comment Do more Britons than Americans profess Christianity?
That is an excellent comment; that helps us to revise/edit the comment. (and there was a BBC History Magazine article about that topic in the last six months, which gives me a source to work from).
Apr
14
comment Do more Britons than Americans profess Christianity?
If I ignore the details, I suspect that the answer to your question is "no" - because America embraced religious freedom much more avidly than Britain did. I suspect that the % of Jews in the United States might mean that as a %, more Britons characterized themselves as Christian, but I don't have good historical numbers to back up that assertion. I suspect that the number of professed atheists on both sides was unmeasurably small.
Apr
14
comment Do more Britons than Americans profess Christianity?
That's better, but still problematic. I'm not sure we can make any statements about whether people agreed with statement X prior to 1935 (foundation of Gallup polling). I believe that Jefferson would still qualify as a non-Christian by this definition.
Apr
14
comment Do more Britons than Americans profess Christianity?
I might also mention that for most of history Catholics and Protestants would ardently profess the third statement, but deny that the other did so. Furthermore they would violently argue that members of the other sect could have eternal life.
Apr
14
comment Do more Britons than Americans profess Christianity?
Difficult to say - we don't have solid data. Was Jefferson a Christian? We don't have evidence of him rejecting the statement you quote, but we do know that when he was elected President, some New Englanders feared persecution for their (Christian) religious beliefs. Was Washington a Christian? He refused to join any church, but he never denied the statement you quote.
Apr
13
comment Why are some Americans more religious than European counterparts?
This is an important question with implications for history. The common answer is colonists chose their religion, while European monarchs chose the religion of their countries. Why this has persisted is a subject of continuing research.
Apr
13
comment Why didn't the Greeks or Romans have an Industrial Revolution?
Interesting opinion - it would be a better answer if it included research & references.
Apr
13
comment Which states have changed sides during recent wars
I fear that this question will generate more discussion than reference; even the wikipedia page you cite refers to "the view that". Most accusations of betrayal are challenged by the country accused of betraying the alliance. Also, this is a list question; H:SE doesn't really deal with list questions well. You may wish to consider how to revise this question to fit within the guidance of the help center.