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Jul
31
reviewed Reject How was the Spartan “300” battle recorded?
Jul
31
comment Were the Axis Powers really obligated to attack USSR and USA?
your last assertion is already wrong. There was a significant Japanese force on the Manchurian/Soviet border, and there were border skirmishes. The main reason they didn't strike north (yet!) was that they were too busy suppressing the Chinese (both the communists under Mao and the Kuo Ming Tang under Chiang Kai Chek).
Jul
29
comment How can I find the most complete list of the names of Kaytn Massacre victims?
@twosheds sure, there also was a finite number of victims of Stalin's terror, yet no records were kept of all of them so it's impossible to ever know who all was affected (and in that case it's debatable which deaths to attribute to it as well depending on definitions, which may in the case of Katyn be easier). Fact remains that he doesn't ask for a complete list, but a "most complete" list, which indicates he knows or suspects there is no complete list, only fragmentary ones
Jul
29
comment Why did the Germans not encircle and besiege Stalingrad?
a far bigger problem than the river allowing resupply of the city was the German lack of river crossing and bridging equipment which they'd have needed to get their forces across and keep them supplied. Tanks and field guns on the banks could (and at times did) effectively have engaged Soviet supply efforts (as could the Luftwaffe, speaking in a hypothetical case where the Germans had got across the river the Luftwaffe might also have built forward bases close to the city after all).
Jul
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comment How can I find the most complete list of the names of Kaytn Massacre victims?
@twosheds no, "the most complete" is impossible to answer. There's always a chance there's another, more complete, list you don't know about somewhere.
Jul
29
comment Was it possible for Gorbachev to save the country in the 1980s?
I've read several works about the period, the general concensus seems to be that no, he could not save the USSR through his reform policy. He might have prolonged the downfall by cracking down hard, effectively reverting to being like Kruschev in his policies, but that would only have delayed the inevitable. However any speculation on how this would have turned out is just that, speculation, and thus out of scope for this site.
Jul
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reviewed Close What does “the purpose of history is ideological” mean?
Jul
26
reviewed Close What are the heaviest swords in the world?
Jul
26
reviewed Close Is there any country where the founder of the nation is no longer respected?
Jul
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comment Is there any country where the founder of the nation is no longer respected?
no, founders are not synonymous with "father of the nation". That title typically goes to whomever is best for political reasons to be called that, which may or may not be one of the people who first defined the territory as a nation.
Jul
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reviewed Leave Closed How common is “decades ahead of his time” in real history?
Jul
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comment Have governments or combatants marked the houses of groups to be persecuted?
@o.m. it became such, but started as a more or less spontaneous campaign. Probably launched by party officials of course (most German nationals were members of the party and a lot of them held some function within it, even if only as a minor informant), but without a command from up high.
Jul
19
comment Why did the Soviet Union close its borders and restrict travel abroad?
@EvilWashingMachine I've been back to Uzbekistan in 2011 and there have been lots of changes. The place feels a lot less oppressive, and though it's certainly not a free market democracy as we're used to in the west and effectively a dictatorship still, there's a lot more activity, people seem happier and less afraid, etc. etc.
Jul
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comment Have governments or combatants marked the houses of groups to be persecuted?
or it referred to the persecution of Jews in Nazi Germany where people would paint signs and slogans on houses and businesses owned by Jews as a "warning" to people that there were Jews in the area. This was however not the government doing it (though they encouraged it).
Jul
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comment Are there any good examples in earth history of two religions co-existing?
@DVK no, but Christianity and Judaism were monotheistic, as were several other religions that coexisted with the Roman Pantheon. And Christianity wasn't always persecuted in the Roman Empire, that only started when they (through their attitude and actions) became a political threat).
Jul
11
comment What were shoe soles made from in previous ages?
in Dutch, "bast" means the bark of any tree...
Jul
8
comment How long would it take to travel from the United Kingdom to America in 1890?
@congusbongus you'd be surprised at the speed of ships like clippers and some schooners.
Jul
6
comment After the fall of Constantinople, were the Christians who lived in the Ottoman Empire treated fairly?
it would be good to mention that the Jizya was (and is) cripplingly high, and the dhimmi status extremely restrictive in the civic and economic activities the non-muslims could engage in. Effectively they were in many cases worse off than slaves.
Jul
6
comment How and why did trade unions in America become influenced by organised crime, but unions in Britain didn't?
why do you assume organised crime hasn't influenced the labour unions in the UK?