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comment What is the best historical example of conflict between two cultures with differing levels of technology?
@JohnDoe that's my point, you're refering to a movie as if it were a documentary and therefore (potentially) reliable
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comment Is external expansion an element of fascist ideology
@RazieMah communism and national socialism are in that identical, both want to spread socialism (which is just another word for communism). It's just that the socialist wants to do that from the idea of his country being the core of the worldwide socialist paradise, the communist thinks that once socialism engulfs the world there will be no more nationility. The fascist may want his ideas to spread, but he's not as intent on the creation of one world spanning fascist state as in ensuring fascism rules in all states.
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answered Is external expansion an element of fascist ideology
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comment Why are some Americans more religious than European counterparts?
@RazieMah that came later, in the late 19th and early 20th century. Was part of the communist movement which never gained much ground in the US until the early 21st century. And now we see in the US as well an increasing movement to force people away from religion through laws and lawsuits.
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reviewed Close Is the USA a superpower today because of WW2?
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comment Why are some Americans more religious than European counterparts?
@JeroenK it isn't, and for long it's been optional and a non-religious variant has been available. A state religion would be a state requiring its citizens to be for example Roman Catholic and punishing those that aren't. The USA by the constitution doesn't have that. The wording of the phrase "so help me god" doesn't say which god, a major difference. It's not like Saudi Arabia or Iran where you are by law required to be a Muslim and can be put in jail (or even killed) if you're not.
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comment Why are some Americans more religious than European counterparts?
@JeroenK think the UK where the Church of England is still the official religion (at least in England). In fact the king or queen is by definition head of the Church of England. In Spain the Roman Catholic church was the state religion until 1978, in Sweden until 2000. Of course there's not been enforcement of that (by the way of criminal prosecution for people adhering to other religions) for quite some time.
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answered Why are some Americans more religious than European counterparts?
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comment Where were the western legions when the Roman empire fell?
@user1095108 that's only to be expected. It was a period of chaos, and many of the records that were transmitted to Rome would have been deliberately vague and misleading as to actual strength and readiness. I wouldn't be surprised if several of the local areas had more troops than Rome though they had, locals not counted on any imperial payroll but solely under command of local commanders. In that the situation doesn't mirror 1945 Germany. There the armies didn't exist. In the end days of the Roman Empire they (or many of them) did exist, they were just unreliable and unavailable to Rome.
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comment Where were the western legions when the Roman empire fell?
@user1095108 they probably had armies on paper, but how much could those be relied upon to follow orders from Rome? Hard to tell. Probably they'd follow orders as long as those were not contrary to the will of their local commanders. During the late Roman Empire in the west more than one legion attempted to set up its leader as Emperor, only to usually see itself destroyed a few months to years later by the next legion in line.
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comment Was COMECON involved in economic imperialism and if so, to what extent?
@FelixGoldberg the USSR intentionally would stifle any economic development that would sow the seeds of the need for a market economy, and anything that could set up a satellite in a position of economic or political strength over it. And that effectively meant disallowing most consumer goods, as well as most military production that was weapons related (light vehicles, training aircraft, etc. were commonly produced in many WarPac and Comecon countries, jet fighters, bombers, etc. were rare).
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answered Where were the western legions when the Roman empire fell?
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comment Were Christians really burned for lighting by Nero?
@called2voyage Nero (and Romans in general) couldn't care less about your religion, as long as your religion did not reject the Roman Pantheon. Both Christianity and the Isis cults were violently monotheistic, rejecting the Roman Pantheon and with it the divinity of the Emperor (who was positioned as a son of Apollo). That turned them into political enemies, a far worse crime than simply having a different religion.
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comment What is the best historical example of conflict between two cultures with differing levels of technology?
using a work of fiction as a reference...
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comment Holocaust reparations & liberation bill
@ClintEastwood no, just the group singled out as the posterchild, in no small part because the western allies were ashamed of their own anti-semitism which had caused them to send many Jewish refugees back to Germany pre-WW2 (Stalin had just put them in his own camps which were no better than the German ones).
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reviewed Close How did the United States penal system evolve?
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reviewed Close What is the best historical example of conflict between two cultures with differing levels of technology?
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comment What is the best historical example of conflict between two cultures with differing levels of technology?
how much different to count as different? The first Europeans to encounter the Japanese had different technology, but would it count? Both were roughly as advanced, just in different directions...
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