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Nov
24
comment Has anyone ever injured the President unintentionally
sometimes you hurt the ones you love... Does bad advise that led to the man losing the reelection campaign count? Or his cook making some food he didn't agree with? Or his pilot turning sharply, causing him to bump into the wall of the helicopter?
Nov
17
comment What was the third best-selling book in the antebellum US?
it's off topic because it's got nothing to do with history, it's economy at best. Search through sales records of publishing companies if you wish and count them all up.
Nov
16
comment What was the third best-selling book in the antebellum US?
this is so obviously off topic...
Nov
16
reviewed Reviewed Why did textile mill owners during the industrial revolution keep their factory windows closed?
Nov
16
reviewed Close Were there any battles in Continental Europe that were decided by “peasants with pitchforks?”
Nov
16
reviewed Close High Quality, Primary Source on Troop Movements and Losses in Operation Barbarossa
Nov
16
reviewed Close annual historical series
Nov
16
reviewed Reviewed Were the borders of British India deliberately poorly demarcated?
Nov
14
reviewed Close How did Lincoln legitimize the constitutionality of his Emancipation Proclamation?
Nov
14
comment How did Lincoln legitimize the constitutionality of his Emancipation Proclamation?
indeed, by killing anyone in the south who didn't want to sign up for being enslaved by the Unionists.
Nov
14
comment What was the purpose of Nazi extermination camps?
yes, but the way you listed the marches, you gave the impression they were deliberately designed to kill people. Such things rarely are (not even the Bataan death march, the worst I know of) had killing people as its primary intent, and there it was more of an intent than in the relocation of KZ populations as the Japanese were in no real hurry to move those GIs, they could have just built a camp where they captured them.
Nov
14
comment What was the purpose of Nazi extermination camps?
and don't forget that the gas chambers and crematoria were run by prisoners. The only thing the camp staff would do was control the toxic agent.
Nov
14
comment What was the purpose of Nazi extermination camps?
the death marches were not an initial plan, they were the result of attempts to relocate KZ inmates rather than let them fall into the hands of the allies at the end of the war. When a camp was threatened, the prisoners were transported to another camp, usually on foot because all rail and road transport was needed for the army.
Nov
14
comment What was the purpose of Nazi extermination camps?
@collins most Jews and others reported of their own free will to the transfer camps for "relocation east" to "a new Jewish homeland". That was the official mantra being fed to the population of the Reich and especially the conquered countries, and most people believed it. It took several years for the truth to leak west from the remote areas of Poland where most camps were located.
Nov
13
comment Was slavery really on the way out in the antebellum USA?
@twosheds yes, and of course slavery existed in the north as well, and wasn't limited to the cotton industry. As the cotton industry became more mechanised too, the demand for more skilled slaves for domestic duties and maybe industry would mean increased prices for them as well, combined with the lower influx of new slaves (they were not all the result of local breeding rather than import from abroad) it must have had a serious inflationary effect on their market value.
Nov
13
comment Was slavery really on the way out in the antebellum USA?
@twosheds the graph tells nothing about the number of slaves, only about the total value they supposedly represent. As the total value goes up rapidly, despite the import stop on new slaves, it probably indicates an increase in value per slave more than an increase in the number of slaves.
Nov
13
comment Why were rockets not popular as part of artillery until 20th century?
@Taemyr even current ICBMs can't all achieve orbit, all they need is a suborbital trajectory. Some have the power, but even then they may not have the guidance systems to allow it.
Nov
13
comment Was slavery really on the way out in the antebellum USA?
without data on the number of slaves, iow scarcity of the resource, the graph makes no sense. It's simple supply and demand. If there are a million slaves and demand for half a million, prices are lower than if there are ten thousand and demand for a million.
Nov
13
comment Was slavery really on the way out in the antebellum USA?
and that social problem was shifting. Slavery in the US was introduced to compensate for the low volume of unskilled labour among the general population. As the population grew, that was rectified and it became less economically viable to keep slaves to do many jobs that a free person for little higher cost will do more efficiently.
Nov
13
comment Why were rockets not popular as part of artillery until 20th century?
And added disadvantage of rockets to artillery is that the battery is visible from far greater range when firing. Especially for tactical use (the only use rocketry of the time was applicable for because of its inaccuracy) this is a major disadvantage, as the battery is clearly lit up for any unit capable of delivering counter battery fire. This caused the Germans severe problems during WWII, with their Nebelwerfer and other short range rocket batteries taking extreme casualties, often only getting off one or two volleys before being wiped out.