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Oct
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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".
Nov
10
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.
Nov
10
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.
Nov
7
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.
Nov
2
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.
Nov
2
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.
Nov
2
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.
Oct
31
comment What were the demographics and economics of South-East Asian islands around year 1400?
I actually know precisely which data I need for the specific game I have in mind (namely: total population, taxable population, biggest city population, primary exported trade goods and their amounts, army and navy size), but I don't think concentrating on these details would be of interest to the users of History.SE ... So, why the title change?
Oct
30
comment Are there confirmed cases where a country changed its language without being conquered?
@Wladimir Palant: I mean the eastern part of the Roman Empire, which later (starting in the 16th century, a good 100 years after its fall) was commonly being called the "Byzantine Empire", yes.
Oct
30
comment Are there confirmed cases where a country changed its language without being conquered?
Good list, but it's missing the biggest example: The Roman Empire changed the ruling class' language from Latin to Greek during its existence.
Oct
27
comment In which document was the exact course of the northern part of the German-Polish border decided?
Accepting the answer for now; I think you're right, but I'll check with the German "Auswärtiger Amt" too. Would be nice to have this data online somewhere ...
Oct
27
comment In which document was the exact course of the northern part of the German-Polish border decided?
We're talking about Germany here. Every cm² has to be accounted for, or else! ;) In all seriousness, my further searches point to the 1951 treaty (see also the footnote about it in Khan's "Die Deutschen Staatsgrenzen", page 332 and the treaty itself), but I didn't find anything conclusive yet.
Oct
26
comment How was Germany's border decided?
Well, I'm pretty sure I missed some border changes. If you know any, let me know, I'll edit my answer. Also, no idea if the details on how, when and where the older border courses were defined (say the ones from the Peace of Westphalia or Treaty of Aachen) are in any way interesting, since the question asks about Germany, not the HRE or German states, but if so desired, I could research those and add the details to my answer as well.
Oct
25
comment How was Germany's border decided?
There was quite a bit more of fighting and other stuff going on inbetween. From memory: The three Silesian Uprisings (1919-1921) changed the borders around this area and the area around Elten (about 70 km²) was part of Netherlands between 1949 and 1963, then came back to Germany.