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comment Are there confirmed cases where a country changed its language without being conquered?
@Michael: I meant the 16th century. Specifically 1557, the year Hieronymus Wolf published his "Corpus Historiæ Byzantinæ".
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comment Were the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki necessary?
The bombs were certainly not strictly necessary to defeat Japan - isolated and with most of its navy sunk, it would have fallen anyway, one way or another. The open questions were just about how long it would take, how many people would have to die, and who would profit the most in the end.
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answered How many recorded incidents are there of attacks on Australian soil?
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comment Has Britain's 1940 invasion of Iceland been downplayed by historians?
This would likely be different if the Icelanders would actually fight the invaders. Alas, they didn't, so there was little in the way of "Heroic partisans strike again in Iceland; five Brits killed, countless wounded!" to write about. But that's more of an alternative history topic.
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comment What were the demographics and economics of South-East Asian islands around year 1400?
@Tom Au: While you could likely write a book about the question, this is not the idea behind the question, neither is a discussion. A simple overview of how many people lived there (per island or per state), and what (trade) contacts existed, would be all that's needed - details I can ask in further question referring to this one. Alas, English-language sources are scarce to non-existent, so my primary hope is for some summary of contemporary Indonesian, Philippine and Malaysian works on this subject. The interpretation of this data into internal game mechanics I can then do myself.
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comment Why did China shut itself out of the world in the 15th century?
@Cerberus: Because that's where the move to isolationism has its roots. I know when Zheng He sailed around the seas.
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comment Why did China shut itself out of the world in the 15th century?
@Cerberus: The Ming Dynasty started in 1368-01-23, with the Hongwu Emperor (洪武帝). Thus, 14th century and onwards, even though the actual stop of outside exploration didn't happen until 1425 or so.
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comment What were the demographics and economics of South-East Asian islands around year 1400?
Since Tom didn't bother to answer, reverting his change. @TomAu: Feel free to discuss this with me in chat or in comments.
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