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comment What were the conditions of joining or leaving the Holy Roman Empire?
@MarkC.Wallace : How? By writing an essay? Or would it be sufficient if I stated that I've read a lot about the HRE, including most questions on SE about it, and never found any obvious simple answer to my question. If you think this question falls under the "general reference" case, it's you who have to demonstrate it.
14h
comment Why weren't North American Indians enslaved?
Note that blacks were already slaves before they were brought to the Americas. Very few if any blacks were directly enslaved by whites, the whites just bought slaves who were already enslaved by other black tribes or Arabic slave merchants.
May
7
comment How common is nostalgia for the colonial perod in countries which gained independence in the 20th century?
@Voitcus : Please read my sentence more carefully. I didn't say they miss communism because they had fuel and meat, I wrote that those were rare luxuries (so mostly unavailable). You just repeated what I wrote, while stating that I wrote the opposite.
May
6
comment How common is nostalgia for the colonial perod in countries which gained independence in the 20th century?
@TylerDurden : it can be expressed as in how prominently it is featured in the media, if there are politicians or activists discussing the topic, there can be surveys or articles written about it etc., maybe my wording was not the best, but if there is a general "pro-something" or "anti-something" sentiment in the population, it gets recorded and can be studied. Many questions on this site imply whether the population of some countries liked or supported certain people or ideas.
May
6
comment How did Europeans really conquer the Americas?
Note that the colonization of America was not a D-Day landing with the Europeans jumping out from the ships and starting to gun down Natives on the shore. It was a much more gradual process, and it's hard to define sides, as sometimes there was peace and trade, sometimes war, sometimes Natives fought among themselves and sometimes European powers, having Native allies, fought between each other, so it was never a full-blown "all Europeans" vs "all Natives" armed conflict. The alien example is not well suited unless it takes a few hundred years and the aliens are peaceful 90% of the time.
Apr
25
comment When and why did having long hair become associated with women, and short hair with men?
"Prior to the war, both men and women commonly kept long hair" - however, hair longer than waist-length was very common for women, but very uncommon for men. So even long before WW1, even if men had longer hair than the average today, it was still considerably shorter than for women.
Mar
19
comment When did challenging to a duel cease to be a practice in English culture?
This was a surprise for me, because in mainland Europe duels ceased to be a practice only around WW1.
Mar
12
comment Did the biblical apostle James visit Ireland?
@Alex : that would verge on conspiracy theories. No serious historian denies the existence of the apostles and the fact that they traveled to many places of the Mediterranean during the fundation of the early Christian churches.
Feb
16
comment Why did English become Lingua Franca of the modern world?
@SS : If you were sincere with the question you wouldn't put so much weight on the opportunity to make political statements.
Feb
16
comment Why did English become Lingua Franca of the modern world?
@SS : building roads and railroads, constructing factories, investing in equipment and paying workers is not the same as acquiring guns to loot. I never claimed that everything the British did was fair, I just said that you can't compare it to looting. I'm not even British, I wrote only because I hate when people pretend to ask a question on this site but their real purpose is to disguise rants as questions and to hide payloads of political propaganda into their questions. Your question body has not much to do with the question title, and is in fact hate speech.
Feb
16
comment Why did English become Lingua Franca of the modern world?
There is also a difference between "looting" and "investing and then extracting the profits". I doubt that any significant wealth was extracted from India by a way of direct looting and plundering.
Feb
11
comment What forces/incentives drove the Mongols to conquer a much larger land territory than they could comfortably settle or rule?
@Rohit : I don't know, maybe something like the tragedy of the commons? Don't say every nation acts completely rationally given what information they have. Look at our current problems with the climate and non-renewable resources. A lot of countries use methods they know are unsustainable in the long term, yet they use them because it makes more profit for the short term. The Mongols were not the only ones who suffered from the conquest-driven mentality. The Roman and Ottoman empires started to rapidly lose power the moment they stopped expanding.
Feb
11
comment Why was PTSD not written about as much before the 20th century?
@DA. : I was talking about wars before the 19th century.
Feb
11
comment Why was PTSD not written about as much before the 20th century?
@aitchnyu : I don't have a link at hand but I will search for it later and post it. If I remember correctly there was a very detailed article about the Spanish Tercios in Flanders, with yearly statistics about men lost and replaced, including losses due to desertion. An average unit in the 17th century would lose even 10% or more of its men to desertion yearly even without significant combat losses, an elite unit between 1-2%. I guess PTSD could have been an important cause of desertion.
Feb
10
comment Why was PTSD not written about as much before the 20th century?
Wars before the modern era were pretty brutal but a lot of soldiers survived them. Battlefield casualties were usually under 10%. Before the late 19th century, more soldiers died of epidemics and starvation than direct combat.
Dec
24
comment How did the Germans get homes again after WWII?
An interesting answer, but how did these people end up later in normal homes if they had absolutely nothing? Did the government issue them apartment blocks with the possibility to pay only later, or for a very low price? I know that in Eastern Europe factory workers could get apartments for as little as a few month's worth of wages (compared to decades worth of wages today), but in Western Germany there was no Communism. Despite this, were there similar "socialist" housing projects for the masses?
Dec
23
comment How did the Germans get homes again after WWII?
@Semaphore : yes, but what can you begin with towns full of suddenly homeless people? Were millions of apartments built by the state and leased to the citizens before they had any money to buy them or pay rent?
Dec
22
comment Why was Britain willing to return Hong Kong but not Gibraltar?
Does Nato cover overseas territories, and would the other Nato members been legally required to support Britain in the defense of Hong Kong in the event of a Chinese invasion?
Dec
3
comment When was the last time a reigning monarch personally participated in battle?
@Anixx : were there such occasions, where the monarch just visited? I guess Napoleon would count as a valid answer if there was nobody more recent, as he took an active role on the battlefield. I don't want it to become a heap paradox, this is why I didn't try to formulate even more elaborate rules. If a reasonable person might think that he "participated", without bending linguistics too much, than I'll gladly accept it.
Dec
3
comment When was the last time a reigning monarch personally participated in battle?
If you think the second sentence can cause confusion, I can gladly remove it.