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I am interested in all kinds of history: old-fashioned political and military, social, economic, and last but not least at all - the history of ideas.

  • "Get the dates right first!" (Me, all the time)

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comment Why would the heads of the Manhattan Project have been imprisoned in the event of its failure?
Perhaps it was just a figure of speech?
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Jul
17
comment How many Jewish refugee have been expelled out of Arab lands and when?
@jwenting But I think everybody agrees what it means. There is a point in what you say but whatever was the genesis of the Palestinian people, it seems to exist today.
Jul
17
comment Did Arab policymakers have plans for the Jewish population, in case of victory in 1948 War?
@jwenting Do you mean to say that editions a book published in the 50s or 60s would be recalled and replaced by new, expunged, ones? I find that hard to believe.
Jul
17
comment How regularly did the Romans bathe?
Do you have sources for the statement that they bathed once a day?
Jul
17
comment How regularly did the Romans bathe?
I am specifically interested in the frequency issue. Can you provide some information on that?
Jul
17
comment How regularly did the Romans bathe?
But did they bathe, say, every day? Or once a week? Or maybe twice a day?
Jul
17
comment Did Arab policymakers have plans for the Jewish population, in case of victory in 1948 War?
Actually, I think there is a chance to find out more by digging in memoirs of Western diplomats who were stationed in Arab countries then. My own amateurish attempt to do so has failed but perhaps someone more professional could carry this idea out.
Jul
17
comment Did Arab policymakers have plans for the Jewish population, in case of victory in 1948 War?
@Juicy Actually in this case no translation from Arabic is required. Hamas have obligingly recorded the song in... Hebrew! Therefore I can personally assure you that the Hebrew-to-English translation is correct.
Jul
16
comment How many Jewish refugee have been expelled out of Arab lands and when?
I did a drastic rewrite, which I think makes the question eligible for re-opening.
Jul
16
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Jul
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asked How regularly did the Romans bathe?
Jul
14
comment Is this Brzezinski quote real?
@T.E.D. Yeah, my own fakedar is also bleeping like crazy. But I was able to conclusively resolve this on my own.
Jul
14
asked Is this Brzezinski quote real?
Jul
14
comment Was Marie Antoinette considered a fully legitimate bride for the heir apparent to the French throne in 1770?
@Well, they were an Imperial family, after all, and Emperors are even higher than Kings, theoretically.
Jul
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comment Why was Tsesarevich Alexei's hemophilia a state secret?
Which part of it?
Jul
9
comment Why was Tsesarevich Alexei's hemophilia a state secret?
Because, contemporary medicine not able to help, they turned to Rasputin for help. The royal family's relationship with him completely killed their reputation at a time when they needed most ot preserve it - because people did not know Rasputin's medical role they made all sorts of wild/lewd guesses. Had the truth about the prince's illness been known, I think the Russian people would not have minded R's access to the royal family that much.
Jul
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revised Why did France put so many resources into fighting Algeria in comparison to its other former colonial holdings?
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Jul
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comment Why was Tsesarevich Alexei's hemophilia a state secret?
I guess you're right and that's what it was. It's just that in retrospect, this was really the wrong decision.....
Jul
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asked Why was Tsesarevich Alexei's hemophilia a state secret?