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Apr
21
comment Why weren't Baden, Würtemberg and Bavaria independent states ever restored?
To sound a little acerbic: 1945 - 1871 = 74. I could have used 1949 (the end of the occupation zones) and nudged it closer to a century than a half century. Big number. And as you may have gathered that was somewhat a time of change, I don't buy the german question remaining the same in that time. Without that context I don't see the substance beyond multiple German states being neat.
Apr
5
comment Why hire Hessian troops?
I feel it's important to state that the American Revolution was a global war between the great powers of the time: France, Spain, Dutch Republic all stood opposed to Britian and there were multiple fronts outside of the thirteen colonies. This needs to be appreciated to understand the extent to which Britian was overstretched. I also think it important for answers to avoid the fiction that it was just up to the Americans to secure their liberty.
Feb
23
comment Did pirates really drink a lot of rum?
I see the question has been edited to one about the accuracy of the association between rum and the golden age of piracy. I think this is on topic now.
Feb
9
comment Was the US's pre-emptive bombardment of Iwo Jima insufficient?
This needs clarification. I'm not really sure what's being asked, and if the questions that are here can be objectively answered. This is interesting subject matter and the question shows research, so it would be especially nice if OP could hammer this into an in-scope question.
Feb
9
comment How many Axis troops fought on D-Day?
I think in the questions current state it should be left closed. There may be an interesting angle on how the forces were deployed, or on the tooth to tail ratio of axis forces in Normandy. However, the question has not be edited in a way that suggests it after any other answer than the simple one (50,000 for d-day, 380,000 for the battle for Normandy: check wikipedia). This should remain closed.
Feb
9
comment Ted Nugent and draft dodging
snopes.com/politics/military/nugent.asp - may answer this later, just to tie up lose ends. Will be very inconclusive.
Jan
17
comment How long did belief in the Egyptian sun god Ra last?
Get a room you two :D
Jan
13
comment Why did Great Britain switch its alliance to France?
The balance of power argument: Yes Minister (video).
Dec
27
comment Why travel to one's birthplace for a Roman census?
@SamuelRussell No. Claims about history are not made theology by proximity to Jesus. However, if there is a "why is part of the bible made up" part to the OP's question, I happily pass that onto another discipline (but perhaps onto a rigorous humanity rather than merely a worthy one)
Dec
27
comment Did the bounty on bin Laden ever get paid?
Well, there is a $25m bounty on Bin Laden's successor Ayman Al-Zawahiri. Might be the same money? Nevertheless, the U.S. State Department has not run out of people to place bounties on just yet.
Oct
8
comment Did anyone do Yoga on the Titanic?
Interesting, so you want to know how popular yoga was in the west. Wikipedia mentions some kind of cultural backlash during this time in the US against everything oriental, but other than that... tricky one.
Oct
7
comment What did the Romans call Cardigan the town in West Wales, UK?
May be useful: dyfedarchaeology.org.uk/projects/romanmilitary.htm
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.