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Jun
18
comment Who was the first Russian in space (not Soviet)?
+1 I think he though Gagarin was from a republic, but I love these creative definitions.
Mar
29
comment At which point did election in a large country become feasible?
I think you'll find the US Electoral College system interesting. As it deals with the problem of distance and time by using electors: Electoral Colleges
Mar
20
comment Are modern Greeks related to the ancient Greeks?
Apologies for the paywalls, I can only read summaries these days as well and it sucks. I did see another study without a paywall, didn't make it into my answer though, see comments I suppose.
Mar
20
comment Are modern Greeks related to the ancient Greeks?
Was posting answer about Bird, Steven (2007), "Haplogroup E3b1a2 as a Possible Indicator of Settlement in Roman Britain by Soldiers of Balkan Origin", Journal of Genetic Genealogy. Interesting points to be made about comparing historal events using modern population genetics in the Balkans. Looked into it some more, checked out the journal.. swing and a miss. Though I'd share.
Dec
30
comment Why is such a large percentage of Jewish population worldwide in USA
And this whole page doesn't contain the "H" word?
Dec
30
comment Was Rommel an Anti-Semite?
Contains related link: How successful were Einsatzkommando Tunis and how much was Rommel complicit?. The one about his promised cooperation with Einsatzkommando Egypt.
Dec
19
comment Are there any records that indicate a submarine vs submarine battle?
If anyone has anything exciting they should help complete this list: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_submarine_actions
Dec
12
comment Historical use of alcohol as a source of clean water
I can't remember, but i think this started life as a comment. I don't think it does answer the question in itself, but i added it because i thought it was nice.
Nov
11
comment Why did the welfare state succeed in Bismarck Germany but lagged in 20th-century Britain?
Yes, however. Do state owned enterprises work in general is not the question. Your answer should be relevant to and informed by the situation in 20th Britain and Germany. Right now your answer provides a weak historical context for your opinion. The view doesn't necessarily need to change, but the rigor does. Understand, while I'm not hiding the fact that I disagree with your political position, that is not the point I am making and we are not going to discuss that disagreement on history SE.
Nov
11
comment Why did the welfare state succeed in Bismarck Germany but lagged in 20th-century Britain?
I don't share your historical narrative, but I do think this is a better question now. Somewhat. Downvote removed.
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.
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.
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.