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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.
Dec
3
comment When was the last time a reigning monarch personally participated in battle?
@Semaphore : ... and presidents, dictators, and general secretaries can also be recognized as rulers of a state. I wanted to narrow it down on actual monarchs.
Dec
3
comment New theory on origins of modern-day Romania?
3 points against the "Romanians are the same as the Romans" and "Romanians are the same as the Dacians" theory: 1. Orthodox rather than Roman Catholic religion. 2. No mention of them between the 3rd and 10th-11th centuries. 3. A lot of Slavic words in the language. Nation states as we understand them now were not existing back then, it's impossible to say that certain people are the ancestors of certain current nation, especially if there is a huge time gap of many centuries, in the middle of the Migration Period when a lot of different people were mixing around all the time.
Nov
12
comment Why were rockets not popular as part of artillery until 20th century?
Modern ballistic missiles are guided. Rockets in the 18th century were not.
Oct
25
comment Why were Austria-Hungary's Slavic minorities put into multinational states?
The fact which supports this answer is the case of Transylvania. If the main purpose was to make just and fair borders, the borders would have looked similar to what happened in the Vienna Awards. The fact that large territories with absolute Hungarian majority were given to surrounding countries points that the borders were not created for the benefit of the nationalities, but for reasons of Realpolitik.
Oct
25
comment Why was the movement for Austro-German unity less successful than that of Italian unity?
If Austria and Germany would now conduct a poll, and the result was "yes for unification", I doubt that the countries which made up the Allies in WW2 would invade them. So such a poll would not fail because of this. It would fail because the current political climate in Germany is centered around not saying absolutely anything which could be turned by someone into an accusation of neo-nazism.
Sep
27
comment Why did archery not make a comeback when armor was phased out in the 18th century?
This is an exception, not an explanation. Had most Allied soldiers been carrying bows and broadswords instead of guns, the Germans would have won WW II.