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Nov
11
comment Why did the welfare state succeed in Bismarck Germany but lagged in 20th-century Britain?
Citations needed. Seems to be born out a dislike for the British system, rather than any real knowledge of the German system and therefore the comparison.
Nov
10
comment Why did the welfare state succeed in Bismarck Germany but lagged in 20th-century Britain?
"The economic result was terrible until Margaret Thatcher came into power" I'm not sure this is the makings of a decent question. Please rephrase. If you think "Post-war consensus" had drawbacks (and it did) be more specific.
Nov
6
awarded  Revival
Aug
27
comment What is the earliest known account of the modern military salute?
I'd like to add something on small arm salutes. The consensus (another source) seems to be the the sword salute is symbolic of kissing the cross and dates back to the crusades. Not an answer to a question about hand salutes, but sort of relevant nonetheless.
Aug
27
comment What is the earliest known account of the modern military salute?
My only criticism of this question is that to suitably expand on it would require one of the better answer I've ever seen on HistorySE.
Jul
2
comment When did people understand where children come from?
The oldest source for a description of basic facts human reproduction will probably tell you something about when the oldest surviving sources date from and pretty much nothing about when humans actually knew.
Jun
18
comment Why did the United Kingdom industrialize first?
I don't normally expect people to watch a video, but someone's already told us to read a book, so what the hell. Do check out crash course world history, here is their Industrial Revolution Video, at about 4.30 they discuss this question.
Jun
16
answered Is there a common name for periods between Medieval and 19th century?
May
24
comment Are submarine launched ballistic missiles still inaccurate?
@Yannis Rizos. Imagine the Mars Climate Orbiter incident, but with nuclear weapons.
May
23
comment Are submarine launched ballistic missiles still inaccurate?
+1 Interesting. The agenda of the video seems to be promoting the necessity of second strike counterforce capability. Apparently this was a debate at the time. Based on the dubious idea that a similar counterforce retaliation against the USSR would end the nuclear exchange rather than escalate it. Related MIT document, it also notes Polaris was inaccurate for use against hardened structures.
May
20
comment What other pairs of wars have had a ~25 year interval?
Marshal Foch on Versailles: "This is not a peace. It is an armistice for twenty years". The point here is that the end of WW1 didn't resolve the reasons for conflict. However, this question seems like it's just concerned with time proximity of wars, rather than that type of relationship.
May
20
comment Why did the Arabs start the 1973 War during Ramadan, and did it affect their performance?
@ASandiyudha IslamiCity seems to state that in multiple traditions Mohammed told his men not to fast. This isn't good evidence to whether it was true (or whether it is a "correct" interpretation of the Koran), but it does suggest at lot of muslims think that it's okay to break fast during wartime.
May
19
comment Is there a commonly-accepted book or a site that explains the history-of-everything?
Luke's right, I'm afraid.
May
19
comment Is there a commonly-accepted book or a site that explains the history-of-everything?
@MMD The thing is there are a lot of themes that pervade history, any in particular?
May
19
comment Is there a commonly-accepted book or a site that explains the history-of-everything?
I'd recommend "1066 and All That" if you want to start with England. If you want a more universal outlook, I'd recommend the Barenaked Ladies song. Just to clarify, do you want a book that explores common themes and issues affecting many civilisations (like Jared Diamond's) or an absolutely gigantic history book? Anyway, you have lots of questions. Why not separate them out, do a bit of research on them individually using wikipedia maybe, and ask them on stack exchange. :D
May
13
reviewed Approve uniform tag wiki
May
12
comment What is this strange uniform?
The KOSB were a lowland regiment and therefore wore trousers rather than kilts (excepting pipers). Otherwise +1
May
10
reviewed Approve How many firearms were owned by civilian population between 1836 and 1912 in USA?
May
10
comment When were swords last used in European warfare?
You may be interested in Jack Churchill British soldier who fought in the Second World War armed with a longbow and a Scottish broadsword. His motto: "any officer who goes into action without his sword is improperly armed."
May
9
comment Why did Emperor Nero kill his mother and others?
I see it's been edited. But the only worthwhile answerable content is: "Why did Nero kill his own mother?", which is unfortunately below the standard of effort expected for questions. With improvement this could be reopened, there is a good question idea here, but for now I'm going to add the final close vote.