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answered Are former British colonies better off now compared to other colonies and why
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comment Are former British colonies better off now compared to other colonies and why
Indonesia is doing rather well... New Guinnea isn't close to being the hell hole most sub-Saharan African countries are.
Jan
24
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Jan
23
comment How compare the rights and conditions of the American slaves to those of Russian serfs?
@Anixx which has the same effect... The serf was part of the land, therefore owned with the land by the land owner. Saying he wasn't owned is like saying you're not required to pay taxes because you could move somewhere else where there are no taxes (of course the serf could not move...).
Jan
19
comment Is chain mail expensive?
chain mail is also easy to mass produce. Making the rings can be assigned to a large group of relatively unskilled apprentices, even done at home by anyone with a few hand tools (heck, I've done it myself, no kidding). Plate mail requires a trained blacksmith for every smallest piece.
Jan
16
comment Why did Operation Market Garden go ahead when the allies knew German armor was in the area?
another missing false assumption was that the Germans stationed in the Arnhem region were the broken remnants of units pulled back from the eastern front, there to recover and reorganise, and were in no shape to put up a coordinated resistance against a massive operation like MG.
Dec
24
comment What responsibility did Golda Meir have for the Yom Kippur war?
@XWorm you'd then be surprised to hear I am indeed right. The Arabs were and still are determined to eradicate Israel from the face of the earth, and as many (preferably all) Jews while they're at it. That's the sole purpose for which Hamas, PLO, Hezbollah, and a host of other terrorist groups were created by them, and the sole purpose they repeatedly invaded Israel. Only reason they've not done so recently is Israel possessing nuclear weapons and not being afraid to use them when its existence is threatened (iow, they'll take Damascus, Cairo, Aman, Baghdad, and maybe others with them).
Dec
24
comment What responsibility did Golda Meir have for the Yom Kippur war?
Israel was attacked because it existed, and because there's Jews living there. THAT is all the reasons the Arabs needed. The Sinai might have been something for them to use as justification to the world community, but nothing else.
Dec
16
comment Did Goebbels really say “Truth is the enemy of the state”? If so, when?
I've heard that quote attributed to many people. It's quite likely they all used a version of it, at some point.
Dec
16
comment What was the purpose of Nazi extermination camps?
and the KZ would not exterminate its inmates. It would kill those whose upkeep was no longer economical, making it a part of the "solution", but the gas chambers and other execution facilities they employed were not large scale enough for an extermination policy. Of course some (like Auschwitz-Birkenau) had co-located extermination camps, new arrivals being selected for either the labour camp or immediate destruction based on whatever criteria (physical fitness, number of workers required, etc.).
Dec
13
comment In the USSR, did they ever stop 'officially' believing in the future Communist utopia?
and even in 1990 they still believed in the communist line, they just also knew that to keep the country together they had to give the people something for a while to keep them from tearing the country apart. Had they had strong leaders like Stalin in 1990 things would have ended quite different, with a blood bath and resulting massacre of all dissidents. But the weaker leadership in 1990 couldn't get themselves to kill a hundred thousand of their subjects to restore order and the country collapsed under its own weight.
Dec
13
comment Historical assessments of the effectiveness of torture
A lot would depend on the means employed, as well as the prospects after it ends. If you're dead anyway, you'll give them anything that will lessen the duration of the suffering. If your future depends on the quality of the information given you may give real data because your prospects are better that way. Of course if the torture is for the sake of torture (which is often the case in places like North Korea, medieval Europe, and the USSR) nothing matters.
Dec
12
comment Did the Germans lose the U-Boat war in World war II because of a shortage of quality, rather than quantity?
@Schwern they could not break Enigma messages reliably and quickly enough to be of tactical use until they got their hands on that submarine with its full stack of wheels and codebooks. Sure, they could break most messages, but it would take them so long that by the time the message was decrypted it was of no use to field commanders.
Dec
5
comment How were the first computers on the internet connected?
well, those 'small' computers were still huge by today's standards. Think PDPs :)
Dec
4
answered What type of people were most likely to be suspected of witchcraft in Salem?
Dec
3
comment What was the relatively most populous city in history?
of course it depends on how you define the city. The core city may have half a million inhabitants, but its area of control can be home to tens of millions. Think LA or New York for example, technically "New York City" is Manhattan and some nearby areas, but when people think "New York" they think about a far larger area.
Dec
3
comment Did the division between East and West Germany coincide with cultural boundaries?
@Reluctant_Linux_User the Germans would disagree with your assertion that Germany is a part of Poland.
Dec
3
answered Did the division between East and West Germany coincide with cultural boundaries?
Dec
2
comment How long would the average sword last in the middle ages?
it probably is quoted in DW somewhere, but it's a common thing when talking about old tools. If every part of something has been replaced, is it still the same thing it was when new? If not, how much needs to be still in place to be considered the same?
Dec
2
comment Is the “Katyusha” scene from Deer Hunter historically accurate?
@Alex you're confusing things. Both Bolsheviks AND Mensheviks called themselves communists. Sorry kid, you've been duped by decades of propaganda trying to confuse people into not knowing what communism is (remember that the bolsheviks call themselves socialists now, not communists).