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A Canadian geek, finishing off a chemistry degree. I typically hang around TeX.SX as I like the community and learn things by reading the questions. I'm also active on RPG.SX and History.SX.


Oct
25
comment Are modern handguns a major reason for democratization?
Supporting this is the fact that Britain had very, very low personal weapon ownership rates until very recently, yet was one of the words first democracies.
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Oct
25
comment Which 11 countries were democratic in 1941?
@txwikinger I was just trying to figure out why it was only 11, since if we have 12 now, but Australia has been around and democratic since 1901. It came to mind as one of the WWI themes a class I'm in is exploring is the interruptions of democracy during WWI- They might have considered similar situations in WWII.
Oct
25
comment Which 11 countries were democratic in 1941?
One reason they might not be including Canada, is that while we kept our normal government the term seems to have been extended; en.wikipedia.org/wiki/19th_Canadian_Parliament shows May 16, 1940 until April 16, 1945, which is over the normal 4 year term.
Oct
25
comment Which 11 countries were democratic in 1941?
@txwikinger But it is questionable whether Canada was a country prior to gaining political independence. Either way, it should be on the list for the 1940s.
Oct
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comment Which 11 countries were democratic in 1941?
@txwikinger Canada didn't gain full control of its affairs until after WWI. The exact date is fuzzy, and a standard high school essay question, but as of WWI we did not have any control of foreign affairs, and thus were automatically drawn into the first world war. By WWII we had, and thus waited for a debate in our own parliament to occur before entering.
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