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I have a BA Hons degree in typographic design and Masters degree in business administration. I worked in the publishing industry for 30 years as a setter, copy editor and proof reader, before moving into management. Now semi-retired.

My main interest areas are cookery, cricket, and reading/writing.


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answered What's the advantage of the infantry column formation in the Napoleonic Wars?
Dec
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comment What's the advantage of the infantry column formation in the Napoleonic Wars?
@Tom Au - I vehemently disagree with your last paragraph, which is simply wrong. How many musket balls can you fire with a 5 deep line of 30 guns firing in volley formation against a 30 deep column of 5 gun width? And how many can the enemy fire back whilst in marching order? Work it out.
Dec
5
comment Why did the United Kingdom industrialize first?
I agree with Felix here. The dutch were advanced in terms of commerce, the worlds first stock exchange was started in Holland, but RI Swamp Yankee's answer doesn't address the question of why the UK was the first nation to industrialise. Industrialisation is not commerce.
Dec
5
comment Why did the United Kingdom industrialize first?
@T.E.D - It's tenuous at best. In any case, it still doesn't answer the question asked. What factor made the United Kingdom the first to Industrialise? Answer: Religious tolerance. Nothing to do with sheep, mills, looms or coal, sorry.
Dec
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Dec
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comment Why did the United Kingdom industrialize first?
@T.E.D - And the Industrial Revolution started in approx 1750, 250 years after your date of 1500. Must have been an awful lot of cold mill workers during those 250 years.
Dec
5
comment Why did the United Kingdom industrialize first?
@T.E.D - For the same reason they're mining coal today - it's a cheap and plentiful energy source! Mechanisation of wool looms was a by-product of the Industrial Revolution, it wasn't the catalyst for it.
Dec
5
comment Why did the United Kingdom industrialize first?
@T.E.D - No it didn't work the other way. Watts steam engine was originally designed and modified specifically for water extraction from deep surface coal mines. It was then adapted for use in a number of other industrialised applications, such as driving wool looms. No-one set out to design and invent a machine to drive wool looms, so how exactly did sheep and cloth drive the Industrial Revolution? Please feel free to research this.
Dec
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answered Why did the United Kingdom industrialize first?
Dec
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comment Why did the United Kingdom industrialize first?
All good stuff T.E.D but it doesn't answer the question. The need to produce more automated systems for wool production was a by-product of the Industrial Revolution, not the catalyst that started it or allowed it to happen.
Dec
5
comment What was the status of specialized workers during the Roman times?
@Reliable Source - I'm not sufficiently knowledgeable about Greece to offer an answer. As far as I'm aware they had a similar system of upper class citizens who didn't work, middle class non-citizens who probably undertook the types of work you mention and lower class non-citizens who were probably ex-slaves and slaves.
Dec
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comment What was the status of specialized workers during the Roman times?
@FelixGoldberg - What relevance would the nobiliate have to specialised manual workers? I'm not a fan of over-complicating answers to the point that the original question gets lost. There's too much of that on here already, I'm not going to add to it.
Dec
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answered What was the status of specialized workers during the Roman times?
Dec
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comment What is known about the possibility of a “real King Arthur”?
It's true Arthur could have originated from Celtic or Greek. Sometimes logic or what seems the most likely or rational explanation needs to prevail, particularly given that if you google Artorious, one of the words Arthur is derived from you get page after page of Latin and Roman references to it.
Dec
5
answered In what ways did the rise of a true middle class in Europe during the late 19th century become apparent?
Dec
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comment Which arm was the shield held in?
I'm afraid I don't have a direct reference for this. A lot of what I write here comes directly from memory - the result of having spent many years reading history books. It's perfectly rational and logical when you think about it, considering most people would be right handed and would be most likely to attack with a weapon in the right hand. With someone facing you coming from the opposite direction, that attack would come from your right hand side. I'm sure there will be a reference to this out there if you're prepared to research it.
Dec
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answered Which arm was the shield held in?
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revised What is known about the possibility of a “real King Arthur”?
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Dec
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answered What was “Greek fire”?